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Here are the Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Panthers selected in the 2021 NFL Draft

Elerson Smith, Kene Nwangwu, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Daviyon Nixon and Nick Niemann all heard their names called Saturday.

CLEVELAND — The top of the 2021 NFL Draft began as expected Thursday, with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence going No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The New York Jets, now Sam Darnold-less, selected BYU QB Zach Wilson at No. 2 and the San Francisco 49ers, who traded up to No. 3, took North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance.

RECAP: Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft

Below is a list of college players from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa who heard their names called during this year's draft.

This article will reference both the NFL.com Draft prospect measurements/projections and ESPN.com's prospect projections


Chauncey Golston, defensive end, Iowa

DRAFTED BY: DALLAS COWBOYS (No. 84 overall; Round 3, Pick 21)

6'5", 269 lbs, 34 3/4" arms, 10 7/8" hands

NFL.com projection: Rounds 6-7

ESPN.com projection

  • Pro Bowler: 5.1%
  • Starter: 15.0%
  • Backup: 22.7%
  • Replacement: 17.6%
  • Non-Factor: 39.6%

Spencer Brown, offensive tackle, Northern Iowa

DRAFTED BY: BUFFALO BILLS (No. 93 overall; Round 3, Pick 30)

6'8", 311 lbs, 34 3/4" arms, 10 1/4" hands

NFL.com projection: Rounds 2-3

ESPN.com projection

  • Pro Bowler: 7.6%
  • Starter: 21.4%
  • Backup: 44.6%
  • Replacement: 20.3%
  • Non-Factor: 6.2%

Elerson Smith, edge, Northern Iowa

DRAFTED BY: NEW YORK GIANTS (No. 116 overall; Round 4, Pick 11)

6'6", 252 lbs, 34" arms, 10 1/4" hands

NFL.com projection: Rounds 4-5

ESPN.com projection

  • Pro Bowler
  • Starter
  • Backup
  • Replacement
  • Non-Factor

"I think the guys from the University of Northern Iowa, the Panthers, Spencer Brown left tackle, Elerson Smith edge rusher. Both of them go by Day 2 and both of them start 10 games in their rookie year for their respective team."

—NFL Network Analysis Bucky Brooks on his "boldest" 2021 NFL Draft predictions

Kene Nwangwu, running back, Iowa State

DRAFTED BY: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (No. 119 overall; Round 4, Pick 14)

6'1", 210 lbs

NFL.com projection: Round 7

Ihmir Smith-Marsette, wide receiver, Iowa

DRAFTED BY:MINNESOTA VIKINGS (No. 157 overall; Round 5, Pick 13)

6'1", 181 lbs, 30 3/4" arms, 9 3/4" hands

NFL.com projection: Rounds 6-7

ESPN.com projection

  • Pro Bowler: 4.4%
  • Starter: 22.8%
  • Backup: 25.7%
  • Replacement: 28.7%
  • Non-Factor: 18.4%

Daviyon Nixon, defensive tackle, Iowa

DRAFTED BY: CAROLINA PANTHERS (No. 158 overall; Round 5, Pick 14)

6'3", 313 lbs, 35 1/8" arms, 9 1/4" hands

NFL.com projection: Rounds 3-4

ESPN.com projection

  • Pro Bowler (95th percentile in Approximate Value): 11.0%
  • Starter (80-94th percentile): 27.3%
  • Backup (60th-79th percentile): 32.3%
  • Replacement (45th-59th percentile): 15.9%
  • Non-Factor (44th percentile and below): 13.6%

RECAP: Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft

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RECAP: Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft

Nick Niemann, linebacker, Iowa

DRAFTED BY: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (No. 185 overall; Round 6, Pick 1)

6'3", 234 lbs



***As of 10:10 a.m. Sunday

Alaric Jackson, offensive tackle, Iowa: LOS ANGELES RAMS

Brandon Smith, wide receiver, Iowa: DALLAS COWBOYS

Dylan Soehner, tight end, Iowa State: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

JaQuan Bailey, defense end, Iowa State: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Lawrence Wright, defensive back, Iowa State: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Jack Heflin, defensive tackle, Iowa: GREEN BAY PACKERS

Cole Banwart, guard, Iowa: TENNESSEE TITANS

Shaun Beyer, tight end, Iowa: DENVER BRONCOS

Landen Akers, wide receiver, Iowa State: LOS ANGELES RAMS

Mekhi Sargent, running back, Iowa: TENNESSEE TITANS

Coy Cronk, offensive line, Iowa: GREEN BAY PACKERS

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