Cole Croston Tackle
Joining the World Champs, Cole Croston looks to continue his impressive run from walk-on to starter for a Big Ten contender. Injuries impacted his 2017, but he wouldn’t be the first walk-on from Iowa to have an impact in the NFL.
Croston joins a Patriots offense that used to have his old offensive line coach Brian Ferentz on staff, and could be a good landing spot. The Pats did commit two draft picks with Troy’s Antonio Garcia in the third round, and UCLA’s Conor McDermott late in the 6th.
Riley McCarron WR
Another walk-on from Iowa that is getting a preferred shot with an NFL team, Riley McCarron used a solid season, and blazing fast pro day to get an opportunity with the Houston Texans. McCarron who led the Hawks in reception, yards, and tied for the lead in touchdowns elevated his play after Matt VandeBerg went down with injury.
The Texans didn’t invest any picks into wideout this year, after taking Braxton Miller and Will Fuller last season to join Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins. McCarron joins Hawkeye tight end CJ Fiedorowicz who came on late with success last season.
LeShun Daniels RB
Along with Cole Croston to Foxborough will be running back LeShun Daniels via free agency. Tying for the team lead with 10 touchdowns last season, and still getting over 1000 yards while splitting carries with Akrum Wadley was impressive.
Daniels faces a competitive backfield that features veteran backs like Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Super Bowl hero James White and newly signed Mike Gillislee. Gone is power back LeGarrette Blount. Could Daniels step up into the ‘tough yards’ back position?
Greg Mabin CB
Mabin had a lot of football’s being sent his side of the field last season with the success of counter part Desmond King. Mabin had late season injuries that ended his season early, but he still got signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs do not have a lot of depth in their secondary, and the only true veteran at corner is Brent Grimes. It appears that Mabin has a strong chance to make the 53 when the season begins, and he can help the Bucs as they look to overcome the Falcons in the NFC South.
Maurice Fleming CB (Iowa Transfer)
Cornerback Maurice Fleming also is headed to the Bucs to compete in the secondary after finishing his career with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Jake Duzey TE
The feel good story of Jake Duzey who was robbed of what was hoping to be a big senior season in 2015 due to injuries. He has been invited to camp with the Indianapolis Colts according to Hawk Central.