2017 NFL Draft


Four former Hawkeyes heard their names called on the final two days of the NFL Draft. C.J. Beathard joins a quarterback room in San Francisco that includes Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer. George Kittle will join Beathard in San Francisco as a do-everything hybrid tight end/fullback. Jaleel Johnson will head to Minnesota to compete for a job on the Viking’s defensive line, and Desmond King, who had to wait until the fifth round to hear his name called, will take his numerous talents to Los Angeles to play for the Chargers.

“He’s a leader, he’s tough, extremely accurate. I think he lives and dies football.”  
– 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan

“He can be that H-back or move to tight end. I thought he was a real good pick for them in the fifth round.”
– ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

“He’s very explosive coming out of his hips, very strong point of attack.”  
– Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

“His versatility is what excites us the most; his best traits are his competitiveness and toughness.” 
– Chargers’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley

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