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Hawkeyes audition in front of NFL teams at pro day

31 of 32 NFL teams visit former Iowa football players

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa's pro day gave the Hawkeyes one final chance to audition in front of NFL teams before the upcoming draft. 

For players like linebacker Josey Jewell and offensive lineman James Daniels, it gave them an opportunity to build on a foundation that they laid at the NFL Combine and also improve on some of their performances.

"You know the 40 you always wanna run as fast as you can," Jewell said. "You always want it faster. I was hoping to get mid-4.6s, but what I was timed at was 4.68, what coach got me at, you know I'm fine with that, fine with the drills I did. So you just gotta put it behind you, gotta learn from it, and move on."

31 of the 32 NFL teams made a visit to Iowa City to meet former Hawkeyes who are preparing for their next challenge.

"At the combine, you know the exact drills you're going to do," Daniels said. "So like it's not a good indicator of how good you are as an offensive lineman. Here the drills are a lot more position-oriented and you're doing like specific drills."

For other Hawks like offensive linemen Ike Boettger and Boone Myers, Monday's pro day was an opportunity to show that they've recovered from injuries that ended their senior seasons.

"Felt like I did good for being six months out of surgery," Boettger said. "I think I proved myself and to everybody out there that I'm going to be healthy. I'm going to be back where I was at before I got hurt."
"It's been a long time," Myers said. "Today felt really good getting back out there, moving around and doing football things again. You know, you just gotta, you just gotta keep grinding, keep going after it and be smart about it... you know, it usually turns out pretty well if you keep attacking it."
As many as five Hawkeyes figure to be taken in next month's NFL Draft. Many more will likely sign undrafted free agent contracts as well once the draft ends on April 28. 

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