Iowa LB Hitchens Goes to Dallas In Fourth Round

By Scott Dochterman, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — The Dallas Cowboys selected Anthony Hitchens in the fourth round Saturday afternoon, making the linebacker Iowa’s third draft pick this weekend.

Hitchens, a second-team all-Big Ten linebacker last year, was joined tackle Brandon Scherff as Iowa’s Most Valuable Player last year. Hitchens recorded a team-high 112 tackles last year, including 13.5 for loss and two quarterback sacks. He also had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass breakup.

The scouting report on Dallas’ website, the scouting report on Hitchens reads: “He’s a compact looking player on tape. You can see that there is a lot of weight packed on his body. For his bulk, felt like there were some times where he was very physical at the point of attack and then others where he could have done a little bit better job with his shed. He’ll extend his hands. He does a nice job of finding the ball. Big fan of the way that he reacts. He’ll take on in the hole with his shoulder, then work to the ball.

“When he lowers his pads, you see a much better player. There were some snaps where he unloaded on the ball carrier. There is some pop with him. He does a nice job of handling the puller on the trap. He needs to get off the block a tick quick at times, but something he will get better at. Will close down in the hole. He’s able to flow to the ball. There were times where he over ran the ball and was very aggressive.”

Hitchens, who stands 6 foot and weighs 240 pounds, is the first Hawkeye drafted by the Cowboys in 30 years. Fullback Norm Granger and offensive lineman Joe Levelis were picked by Dallas in 1984.

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