Iowa's Davis To Cleveland And Other Draft Deals

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter


By Grant Burkhardt

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Cedar Rapids native and Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis will have the opportunity to play in the NFL.

Davis was undrafted Saturday, but the 22-year-old agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night. He will leave later this week for mini-camp.

“It definitely was the longest day of my life,” Davis said. “But all I wanted was a chance. That’s all I’m begging for. I know I can compete at that level, so all I needed was a chance. I’m glad I got it.”

Davis caught 111 passes for 1,459 yards and seven touchdowns in his Iowa career. He picked the Browns over Minnesota and Tampa Bay

“It’s a better situation and better opportunity for me,” Davis said.

Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde and Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein earned similar accolades in college, attended the same all-star game and were selected a mere 11 picks apart in the fifth round of Saturday’s NFL draft.

Klein, a two-time, first-team all-Big 12 selection and 2011 Big 12 defensive player of the year, was picked 148 overall by the Carolina Panthers. Hyde, the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year in 2012, was drafted 159 overall by the Green Bay Packers.

Klein likely will back up NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker. He joins former Cyclone Hayworth Hicks, who is a guard with the Panthers.

“I am so excited,” Klein said. “I had talked with Carolina back at the East-West Shrine Game and again with their scouts. I am so happy this is over and excited that I will get to play with some great defensive players at Carolina. It is a great organization.”

Hyde will play multiple positions in the secondary and receive a healthy dose of special teams with the Packers. Former teammates Bryan Bulaga and Mike Daniels will help him get acclimated.

“He can play corner, he can play nickel, dime. That’s where a lot of his value is at. We’re going to bring him in and see what he can do,” Green Bay cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said.

Iowa State tackle Carter Bykowski was picked in the seventh round by San Francisco. He was selected 246th overall.

“I didn’t think I would be drafted,” Bykowski said. “I was fortunate to be in this position. I thought I might have some (free agent) choices and then the phone rang and I talked to (head coach) Jim Harbaugh and (offensive line coach) Mike Solari. It was a short conversation but they were very positive and I am looking forward to working in their system.”

Other Hawkeyes and Cyclones agreed to terms as free agents after the draft. Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott will join the Philadelphia Eagles, as will Iowa guard Matt Tobin. Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg picked Minnesota, according to Davis and Iowa football’s Twitter account.

Vandenberg will be one of five quarterbacks on the Vikings’ roster. Three quarterbacks started NFL games last year: Christian Ponder, Joe Webb and Matt Cassel (Kansas City). McLeod Bethel-Thompson also is on the roster.

Dubuque native and Iowa State wide receiver Josh Lenz agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears. Lenz caught 104 passes for 1,325 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also averaged 22.8 yards on 40 kickoff returns.

“I was hearing from teams all day,” Lenz said. “After the seventh round was over it was a matter of deciding what was the best place for me. After talking with my agent I decided that I would head for Chicago.”

Iowa State defensive lineman Jake McDonough agreed to terms with the New York Jets.

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