I’ve kind of taken it upon myself to keep tabs on the former Iowa Hawkeyes in NFL training camps. The reason? I think a lot of the stories are compelling.
Matt Kroul and Bryan Mattison switching from defensive line to offensive line to try to make teams. The possibility of three rookies from Iowa (Christian Ballard, Adrian Clayborn, Karl Klug) starting on NFL defensive lines, or at least getting a lot of playing time. Players like Shonn Greene and Amari Spievey apparently on the cusp of making serious impacts.
But it’s a lot to follow. Because there are 44 Hawkeyes in camps, and the vast majority will be on NFL rosters after the final cuts.
I did the math. Ex-Hawkeyes are on 24 of the 32 NFL squads as of Tuesday. The Baltimore Ravens (Kyle Calloway, Mattison, Marshal Yanda, Marcus Paschal) and Minnesota Vikings (Ballard, Chad Greenway, Allen Reisner, Seth Olsen) lead with four each. Atlanta, Carolina and Kansas City have three apiece.
The full list is here, albeit with one error. Sean Considine is with Carolina, not Jacksonville. I’m not criticizing. Like I said, it’s a lot to follow.
The only teams without a Hawkeye are Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Washington.
If Calloway doesn’t make the Baltimore team, he may end up with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
Omaha scooped up Calloway in the UFL’s allocation draft caused by the folding of the Hartford Colonials.
The Nighthawks’ season starts Sept. 15 with a home game against the Virginia Destroyers. Disappointingly, Omaha will be done playing before the Iowa-Nebraska game in Lincoln on Nov. 25. It could have been a full weekend out there.
The UFL has four teams. There are no former Hawkeyes on any of their current rosters, as near as I can tell. Which is good, because that would be too much to track.