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2018 Iowa Hawkeyes prospect primer

JAN 02 Outback Bowl - Florida v Iowa
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2018 Iowa Hawkeyes prospect primer

Below are the notable Iowa Hawkeye prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Iowa’s season didn’t quite come to the end it would have hoped for, the team was dismantled by the Florida Gators to end the season. But a home victory over Michigan gave Hawkeyes faithful something to cheer about, and can be used as a stepping stone in an effort to propel Iowa back up the West Division ranks.


Running Back Akrum Wadley – 5110, 195 – Redshirt Senior

Wadley, for another year, will be part of a two headed rushing attack after splitting carries last season. A middling workload didn’t prevent Wadley from being the team’s leader in yards from scrimmage or touchdowns last year, however. He’s a great weapon with good vision and decisiveness to his cuts; he’s able to break pursuit angles with effectiveness. Iowa will need him to perform if the team is going to be competitive this season.

New Hawkeyes running back James Butler during a NCAA football game between the University of Nevada Wolfpack and the San Jose State Spartans. (Photo by Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire)

Running Back James Butler – 5090, 210 – Redshirt Senior (Nevada transfer)

Butler transferred to Iowa after being named Nevada’s MVP as a RS Junior in 2016. One of the most elusive backs in the country, Pro Football Focus credited Butler with the most missed tackles of any returning RB in the country. His addition should keep wear and tear down on both him and Wadley.

Interior Offensive Lineman Sean Welsh – 6030, 295 – Redshirt Senior

Welsh has been played at times as a Center, Right Guard and Right Tackle. He’s a fluid mover but functional strength questions are going to dog him entering the year and into the NFL Draft process.


Linebacker Josey Jewell – 6020, 236 – Redshirt Senior

Jewell makes the most of his physical abilities with great hustle, strong mental processing and quick, decisive steps to get into the line of scrimmage. His ability to stay as impactful at the next level is the big question; as his athletic profile is up for debate.

Linebacker Bo Bower – 6020, 235 – Redshirt Senior

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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