KILJ — Three in-state prospects are hoping their names are called tonight as the first round of the NFL Draft commences in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A near lock for the first round is Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning.
Penning, who hails from Clear Lake, Iowa has enjoyed a tremendous pre-draft surge and will likely hear his name within the draft’s first 20 picks.
Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, once thought of as a surefire top-10 pick has slid down draft boards, but will most likely go anywhere from 20-to-32.
The Solon graduate anchored the Hawkeyes offensive line and was an All-American last year.
Iowa State running back Breece Hall has an outside chance of sneaking into the first round, with Buffalo at pick 26 looking like the most realistic scenario.
Hall blew the combine up with incredible athleticism and agility, leading the position group in many of the tests. Hall rewrote the Iowa State record books in his time in Ames.
Tonight’s draft will begin at 7:00 p.m.