Iowa Hawkeyes among top 10 of schools with players currently on NFL rosters

Recruit. Develop. Go to the NFL.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have that pattern down better than most schools in the entire country do as they produce talent year after year that goes on to be great NFL players. Just this year, five players went to the NFL from the 2022-23 Hawkeyes. Lukas Van Ness, Jack Campbell, Sam LaPorta, Riley Moss, and Kaevon Merriweather each have new homes.

Due to this, the Hawkeyes have found themselves among a select group of schools with the most players at the next level. The Iowa Hawkeyes have cracked the top 10 of programs with the most current players on NFL rosters with 45. This puts them at No. 10 on the list.

When you look at the list above, there is a glaring difference between all of these programs and Iowa. The top five paint this picture clearly. Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, and Notre Dame all have a national hand in recruiting and can land high school athletes from anywhere in America.

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Iowa doesn’t have that same approach to recruiting. Part of it is due to the way Iowa recruits. They own their in-state recruiting and turn those athletes into All-Americans and future NFL picks. Iowa also doesn’t necessarily have the same pull that these other schools may with the financial incentives offered by NIL.

Both of those reasons are a long, roundabout way of reminding you that the Hawkeyes pride themselves on what they can mold players into and how they can get the most juice out of each squeeze.

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