Here’s what Iowa football stands out after the 2022 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, second from right, is pictured with head coach John Harbaugh, second from left, director of player personnel Joe Hortiz, left, and vice- executive chairman and general manager Eric DeCosta, right.

In the recently completed NFL Draft…

Penn State led the Big Ten Conference with eight draft picks, the most for the Nittany Lions since 1996.

Iowa State had selected four players for the first time since 1977, when there were 12 towers instead of seven.

Led by the Wisconsin five, the seven-team Big Ten West division had 20 players selected — nearly matching the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 21 draft picks and not far behind the Pacific-12 and Big 12 (25 each) . Purdue had a first-round pick in George Karlaftis and a third-round pick in David Bell; 3-9 Nebraska had two second-round picks; Minnesota had two guys taken in the first three rounds and four overall. Even Illinois had three players drafted.

As for Iowa? Only two players were drafted, the program’s lowest total in six years – center Tyler Linderbaum to the Baltimore Ravens (first round, 25th overall) and defensive back Dane Belton to the New York Giants (fourth round, n ° 114 in total).

Undrafted free agent signee Jack Koerner (left) intercepts a pass intended for No. 16 overall pick Jahan Dotson in Iowa's 23-20 win over Penn State on Oct. 9.

Still, the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State at Ames, by 10. They beat Penn State in an electric top-five game at home that ultimately swayed a five-star safety to sign. They won the West Division outright and posted a 10-2 regular season record.

This might be a good opportunity to give the Iowa coaching staff an extra tip of the hat. Phil Parker’s defense and LeVar Woods’ special teams maxed out their production to help the Hawkeyes go 7-0 in regular season games decided by 10 points or less. And also give Brian Ferentz offense credit for finding enough big plays to beat Minnesota in a tense 27-22 victory in November which ultimately swayed the West.

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