Offensive lineman Coy Cronk declares for 2021 NFL Draft
Indiana graduate transfer started two games at right tackle for Iowa in 2020
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Offensive lineman Coy Cronk’s Iowa football career is over after he appeared in just two games.
Cronk, a fifth-year senior from Lafayette, Ind., has declared for the upcoming 2021 NFL draft and signed with agent Neil Cornrich of NC Sports, LLC., according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Cronk only played in two games for Iowa this season due to an injury after having transferred from Indiana, where he was a four-year starter at left tackle.
Cronk spent this season at Iowa as a graduate transfer, and because of the coronavirus, the NCAA instituted a policy that the 2020 season would not count against a student-athlete’s eligibility, meaning Cronk could have returned next season for a sixth year.
“I decided six years (of college football) is probably a little too much,” Cronk said. “I had the opportunity to play a lot of games. It’s my time to try to go to the NFL.”
Cronk started Iowa’s first two games against Purdue and Northwestern, but was injured against Northwestern and didn’t play again.
He reaggravated the same ankle injury against Northwestern that caused him to miss more than half of the 2019 season at Indiana.
The broken ankle Cronk suffered at Indiana in 2019 allowed him to take a redshirt season and transfer to Iowa after starting 40 games for the Hoosiers.
Cronk was cleared to play in the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl against Missouri before the game was canceled due to COVID-19 health concerns.