Both starting offensive tackles for the 2014 Iowa football team are now headed to the NFL as draft picks.
Andrew Donnal, who started all 13 games for Iowa last season at right tackle, was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round on Saturday. He was the 119th player taken overall in the draft and the second Iowa offensive lineman.
"I couldn’t be happier right now. It’s a great organization, a great staff and beyond excited to know what the future holds for me," Donnal said in a post-draft conference call posted on the Rams official team site.
You can listen to the complete Donnal conference call here.
Brandon Scherff, Iowa’s all-America left tackle and the 2014 Outland Trophy winner, was selected fifth overall in the first round on Thursday by the Washington Redskins.
Defensive tackle Carl Davis also was taken in the draft on Friday, selected in the third round and 90th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
This marks the 12th time under Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz that Iowa has had at least three players selected in the NFL draft dating back to the 2000 draft.
Donnal was the 58th Hawkeye under Ferentz to be chosen in the draft and the 14th offensive linemen.
"I met with (Rams) Coach (Jeff) Fisher and the staff at the combine. Things went really well there. We had a good talk and we’ve had a good relationship since then. I’m just super happy to get the call from St. Louis," he said.
A native of Moncolva, Ohio, Donnal was named honorable mention all-Big Ten by the coaches last season. He also played guard for the Hawkeyes.
Former Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat was not selected in the seven-round draft, which finished on Saturday with the final three rounds. However, Trinca-Pasat reportedly will sign with the Rams as a free agent, meaning he will be reunited with Donnal.
Quinton Alston, a former Iowa linebacker, tweeted that he’ll be headed to Tampa Bay as a free agent:
— Quinton Alston (@quintonalston52) May 2, 2015
Davis tweeted that former teammate Damond Powell, a wide receiver, signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent:
Happy for my boi Damond Powell headed to Arizona
— Trenchwork71 (@Carldavis71) May 2, 2015
Former Iowa player A.J. Derby, who finished his career as a tight end at Arkansas, was selected in the sixth round by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
A 2010 graduate of Iowa City High, Derby played two seasons at Iowa. He played quarterback his first season before switching to linebacker for his second season. Derby then played quarterback for one season in junior college before transferring to Arkansas, where he switched from quarterback to tight end. Derby finished with 22 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns last season, his only season at tight end for the Razorbacks, who are coached by former Iowa defensive lineman Bret Bielema.
Derby led City to the Class 4A state title in 2009. He is the son of former Iowa linebacker John Derby and the younger brother of former Iowa tight end Zach Derby.