Tight End U? It's Not Iowa, But The Hawkeyes Are Close To No. 1
Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson were first-round NFL draft picks.
George Kittle went from being a fifth-round selection to an All-Pro and an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Iowa's tight ends have made a big impact in the NFL in recent seasons, making the Hawkeyes one of the top programs for the position.
SI looked at programs over the last 10 seasons, using a scoring system for rankings by position groups.
Top 10: 4 points
Round 1 (non-top 10): 3 points
Rounds 2-3: 2 points
Rounds 4-7: 1 point
Undrafted: 0 points
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80-plus: 5 points
48 to 79: 4 points
16 to 47: 3 points
5 to 15: 2 points
1 to 4: 1 point
Offensive Player of the Year: 4 points
First-Team All-Pro: 3 points
Offensive Rookie of the Year: 2 points
Stanford was first with 33 points. Miami was second with 30. Iowa was third with 29.
A look at Iowa's tight ends who have made it to the NFL:
George Kittle (2017 fifth round, 37 starts, All-Pro)
T.J. Hockenson (2019 8th overall, 7 starts)
Noah Fant (2019 first round, 11 starts)
C.J. Fiedorowicz (2014 third round, 42 starts)
Tony Moeaki (2010 third round, 31 starts)
Allen Reisner (2011 undrafted, 3 starts)
Henry Krieger-Coble (2016 undrafted)