All seven selections came in the final rounds after no players from the state were picked in the first two rounds on Saturday.
Iowa cornerback Charles Godfrey went first out of seven players from the state, taken by the Carolina Panthers in the third round. A second-team All-Big Ten selection who led the Hawkeyes with five interceptions last season, Godfrey was chosen with the 67th overall pick. It was the highest an Iowa defensive back has been selected in the draft since the Indianapolis Colts chose Bob Sanders in the second round in 2004.
Godfrey’s selection marked the 31st consecutive year in which a University of Iowa player has been chosen during the NFL draft. He was a second-team all-Big Ten pick after leading the Hawkeyes with five interceptions as a senior. Godfrey joins former Hawkeye punter Jason Baker on the Carolina roster.
Hawkeye defensive end Kenny Iwebema was taken in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals, the 116th pick overall, and linebacker Mike Humpal was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 188th overall pick.
Iwebema will be reunited with former Hawkeye defensive line coach Ron Aiken, who is a member of the Cardinals’ coaching staff. Humpal, a New Hampton native, led Iowa with 123 tackles last fall and was an honorable mention all-conference pick.
Iowa State had multiple players chosen in the draft for the first time since three Cyclones were taken in 2001.
Outside linebacker Alvin Bowen was chosen in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills, the 147th pick overall, and Cyclone nosetackle Ahtyba Rubin, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round with the 190th pick.
Bowen was a first-team all-Big 12 selection, graduating with 287 career tackles. Rubin was an honorable mention all-conference pick at nose guard, recording 75 tackles in two seasons at ISU.
Northern Iowa had two players drafted for the first time since 1976. Guard Chad Rinehart, the anchor of an offensive line that helped the Panthers to an unbeaten regular season, was selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round, the 96th player taken in the draft. Another Panther guard, Brandon Keith, was drafted in the seventh round by Arizona, with the 225th overall pick.
Rinehart, a first team all-Gateway and All-America pick from Boone, was the first UNI player drafted since the Seattle Seahawks selected Panther tight end Ryan Hannam in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. Brad Meester was the last offensive lineman drafted from UNI, going to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round in 2000.
Rinehart joins a Washington roster that includes former Panther punter Derrick Frost, while Keith teams up with another UNI graduate in quarterback Kurt Warner in Arizona.
T-R FILE PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
Iowa defensive end Kenny Iwebema (92) pressure Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis into throwing an interception to Charles Godfrey during the first half of the Hawkeyes’ homecoming loss to the Hoosiers on Sept. 27, 2007, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Both Iwebema and Godfrey were selected during Sunday’s portion of the NFL draft.