Raiders make Myers a sixth-round selection

April 26, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa — When speaking of great National Football League tight ends, the names of former University of Iowa stars Marv Cook and Dallas Clark come to the forefront of any conversation. The Oakland Raiders think the name Brandon Myers will someday follow.

Myers, from Prairie City, Iowa, was selected by the Raiders in the sixth round with the 204th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the seventh player chosen by Oakland and the third receiver, following wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland (first round) and Louis Murphy of Florida (fourth round).

Myers is the fourth Hawkeye selected in this year’s draft, following Shonn Greene (No. 65 to the New York Jets), Bradley Fletcher (No. 66 to St. Louis) and Seth Olsen (No. 132 to Denver).

During the 2008 season, Myers caught 34 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns. He made just one catch in his first two seasons as a Hawkeye, but as a junior and senior, Myers combined to grab 55 passes for 649 yards and nine touchdowns.

With the selection of Myers, 33 Hawkeyes (and six tight ends) who played football for UI head coach Kirk Ferentz have been picked in the annual NFL Draft.

Myers is the fourth Hawkeye player selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, the largest number for Iowa since it had five players chosen in 2005, ’04 and ’03.

It is the first time Oakland has selected a Hawkeye since the Raiders picked offensive lineman Pete McMahon in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The last Iowa tight end chosen was Scott Chandler by the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

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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
Round 6 Brandon Myers Oakland Tight end
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