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Three ex-Hawks ink free-agent deals


Three ex-Hawks ink free-agent deals
Apr. 26, 2009 (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) delivered by Newstex ) --


Three former Iowa players signed free-agent deals with NFL teams following the draft Sunday night.

Former Iowa center Rob Bruggeman and Cedar Rapids Washington prep signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Former Iowa defensive tackle Matt Kroul, who hails from Mount Vernon, signed with the New York Jets. Former Iowa receiver and Ankeny native Andy Brodell signed a free-agent deal with Green Bay.

Former Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King, a Burlington native, was unsigned as of Sunday evening but his agent was negotiating a contract.

Heres the story on the players who were drafted Sunday:

Former Iowa running back Shonn Greene sat unwanted and unloved through the first two rounds of the NFL draft Saturday.

Sunday morning, Greene felt the love in record time.

Greene, 23, was selected by the New York Jets with the first pick in the third round Sunday, No. 65 overall. The Jets traded up 11 spots with the Detroit Lions to pick Greene and gave up their third, fourth and seventh rounds picks to get him.

Jets Coach Rex Ryan told ESPN that Greene is a ?rare talent.

?He was the best player that was on our board, Jets Coach Rex Ryan said. ?In our opinion, it wasnt close.

?Hes a big, powerful running back. We want to have a little ground and pound.

Greene was one of four Iowa players drafted Sunday. Former Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher went one pick after Greene to St. Louis (66). Denver drafted Iowa guard Seth Olsen in the fourth round (132 overall) and Oakland traded up to get Myers in the sixth round (202).

Greene, 23, finished with 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns, both school records at Iowa. He ran for at least 100 yards in all 13 Iowa games last season. Greene won the Doak Walker Award, which annually is given to college footballs best running back. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American.

Greene was the fifth running back drafted this weekend. Greene will compete with Jets veteran Thomas Jones and playmaker Leon Washington for time at running back. Greene was the Jets second pick in the draft behind USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

?It was Shonn and then it was a pretty precipitous jump from there, Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters. ?It was the gulf between him and the rest of the guys that made it a pretty easy decision.

?The game of Football is a physical sport. Thats why I enjoy it so much, Greene told reporters. ?I love contact. Its violent, its quick, its fast. Thats just the nature of my game, how I like to play the game.

Fletcher, 22, registered 60 tackles and three interceptions last year and was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection.

?He played behind a pretty good (player) two years ago (Charles Godfrey), and he actually started four games in there, Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters. And he has started games all the way through. He started games as a sophomore. He started them as a junior. And then he surfaced this year. Its just like Billy (Devaney, the Rams general manager)) said, when you put on the tape, he fits well for what were going to ask those guys to do. That was the biggest thing.

?I feel that I have my best Football ahead of me right now, and Im looking forward to showing that on the field, Fletcher said.

Olsen, 23, was a first-team all-Big Ten guard last fall. He told reporters his versatility will help him compete for a spot along Denvers offensive line.

?I feel like I can play guard and tackle, and who knows, maybe center as well, Olsen said. ?I havent had any snaps there but am willing to give it a shot.

The Raiders moved up in the sixth round to grab Myers, 23. The Raiders surrendered this years seventh-round pick and next years sixth-round pick to snag Iowas tight end.

Newstex ID: CR-3038-34438203



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