Fourth-round finds from ISU, Iowa
NASHVILLE — The first pick on the third day of the NFL Draft came from Iowa State.
Hakeem Butler was selected with the 103rd overall pick, kicking off the fourth round on Saturday as the Arizona Cardinals continued to surround their top-overall pick — Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray — with weapons.
Butler, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, broke Iowa State’s single-season receiving yardage record (1,318) in his redshirt junior campaign.
“Our entire program and the Iowa State community is thankful for everything Hakeem Butler accomplished as a Cyclone,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. “We can’t wait to see Hakeem continue to achieve success in the NFL.”
Butler broke or matched single-season school records in receiving yards, yards per reception (22.0) and 100-yard receiving games (6).
Four picks later, Iowa junior defensive end Anthony Nelson was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 107th overall draftee.
Nelson, a Waukee High School graduate, ranked second in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation with 9.5 sacks in 2018 on his way to second-team all-Big Ten honors. He totaled 45 tackles and was second on the Hawkeyes with 13.5 tackles for loss.
Nine picks later, another Hawkeye was drafted. The Tennessee Titans selected Iowa junior defensive back Amani Hooker with the 116th overall choice.
Hooker was named the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woods Defensive Back of the Year in 2018 while earning first-team all-conference honors. He was named second-team All-America by The Associated Press.
The Minneapolis native had 65 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups this past fall.