Fletcher goes to Rams with 66th pick

April 26, 2009

NFL Draft: Fletcher selected by the St. Louis Rams

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Bradley Fletcher’s steady off-season climb up the NFL Draft boards paid off Sunday when he was selected in the third round by the St. Louis Rams with the 66th overall pick. Fletcher started at left cornerback for the University of Iowa last season, finishing fourth on the team with three interceptions.

Fletcher is the sixth defensive back drafted during UI head coach Kirk Ferentz’s 10 seasons. The others are Matt Bowen (2000), Derek Pagel (2003), Bob Sanders (2004), Sean Considine (2005) and Charles Godfrey (2008).

During his freshman season, Fletcher recorded just one tackle. He finished his Hawkeye career with 152 total stops, including 60 last season. His 10 pass breakups were the most on the team and his 42 solo tackles ranked third on the team behind middle linebacker Pat Angerer (45) and right cornerback Amari Spievey (43).

Iowa is coming off a 9-4 season that included a 31-10 victory over South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

This is the 32nd consecutive season that Iowa has had a player chosen in the NFL Draft. Fletcher was the second selection in the third round Sunday, following former teammate Shonn Greene, who went No. 65 to the New York Jets.

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2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
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