Who takes over for DJK in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 against Missouri?
Senior Colin Sandeman will get the first shot.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder started two games this season, both ahead of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, including in the season finale against Minnesota. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said the reason Sandeman got the start was because he had a better week of practice than DJK.
Sandeman has 17 catches for 183 yards and two TDs this season. He sat out the Northwestern game after coming out of Iowa’s date at Indiana with a sprained foot, sprained ankle and turf toe, according to Iowa radio play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin. The injuries kinked Sandeman’s production to just one reception over Iowa’s final three games.
Sophomore Keenan Davis could be another candidate, but he has pretty much exclusively played the other receiver spot behind junior Marvin McNutt. Davis has 10 catches for 126 yards and a TD this season.
What do this do to DJK’s draftability?
At the very least, Johnson-Koulianos cost himself money. At the worst, he cost himself a career in the NFL.
First, his rocky relationship with Ferentz won’t help. Ferentz spent six seasons as offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens organization. He’s also been courted heavily by the NFL since 2002, when Iowa went 8-0 in the Big Ten. Ferentz has a contract that pays him $3.7 million through 2020 because there is a market for his services with NFL money driving that market.
Ferentz runs an open campus with NFL scouts, opening the Hayden Fry Football Complex and video rooms to NFL scouts from across the league. Iowa even serves them lunch.
If Ferentz’s word isn’t platinum in the NFL, it’s at the very least gold.
Obviously, Johnson-Koulianos’ drug charges are giant red flags. He took a urine test upon his arrest and tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. If he is invited to the NFL Combine in February and passes the drug test there, he wouldn’t start his NFL career in the league’s substance abuse program.
But because of his history, he would be subject to more tests.
Where was DJK going to go in the April draft and where would he potentially go now?
“I thought he was a mid round guy,” Wes Bunting, the National Football Post’s director of college scouting, wrote in an e-mail this morning. “Now this is bad. Later rounds is best case, wouldn’t be shocked if he’s a free agent.”
The hard math:
There are seven rounds in the NFL draft. In 2010, Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the first pick of the fourth round (No. 99). He signed a contract for four-years and $2.342 million with a $552,255, a signing bonus, the only guaranteed money in this deal.
With pick No. 222, the Tennessee Titans selected Marc Mariani, a wide receiver out of Montana. Mariani has shown promise as a kick returner, averaging 25.6 yards a return for the Titans this season with one TD. He has yet to catch a pass in a game. This season, Johnson-Koulianos leads the Big Ten with 29.3 yards a return and returned one for an 88-yard TD in Iowa’s season finale against Minnesota.
Mariani signed a four-year deal worth $1.849 million with a signing bonus of $59,400.
Take Gilyard the fourth rounder’s $552,255 signing bonus and subtract Mariani the seventh rounder’s $59,400 and you get $492,855.
You could make a strong argument that Johnson-Koulianos lost nearly half a million dollars Tuesday.