Broncos snag Seth Olsen in fourth round

April 26, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sure. Steady. Reliable.

That’s what the Denver Broncos got when they selected Seth Olsen Sunday in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

A fixture on the offensive line of the University of Iowa football team for the past three seasons, Olsen became the third member of the UI team that put a knot on the head of South Carolina last New Year’s Day in the 2009 Outback Bowl when he was chosen as the 132nd player overall by the Broncos.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound native of Omaha, Neb., was named to three different All-America teams and was a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection after the 2008 season when Iowa enjoyed tremendous success on offense, thanks in great measure to a consistently productive offensive line. It was a year that capped a steady if not spectacular career for Olsen, who came to the UI after a brilliant career at Millard North High School that included 36 wins and one state championship in his three seasons as a starter.

Olsen joins running back Shonn Greene and cornerback Bradley Fletcher as Hawkeyes who were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Greene was taken with the first pick of the third round (No. 65 overall) and Fletcher followed as pick No. 66.

This is the second time an Iowa player has been drafted by the Broncos in the past nine seasons. Former Hawkeye wide receiver Kevin Kasper was taken in the sixth round by Denver in 2001.

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HAWKEYES DRAFTED DURING THE FERENTZ ERA

2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive line
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4 Kenny Iwebema Arizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
Round 4 Scott Chandler San Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back