Spievey Heading to Motown

April 23, 2010

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — After being in high demand by as many as 15 NFL teams at the scouting combine, University of Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey will now get the sole attention from the Detroit Lions. On Friday the Lions made Spievey the second pick of the third round of the NFL Draft in New York City.

“One phrase I keep seeing and hearing in regards to Spievey is ‘shutdown corner’ which is one of the ultimate compliments a corner can get,” Scout senior NFL analyst Ed Thompson said.

“He’s got really good ball skills,” said Scott Porter of SidelineScouting.net. “His tackling has improved a lot at Iowa from where he started. He’s the kind of guy that has a lot of upside. Some team could maybe reach on him a little bit based on his upside.”

Spievey (6-foot, 195 pounds) ,a native of Middletown, Conn., played two seasons with the Hawkeyes, compiling 124 tackles with 14 pass breakups and six interceptions. During the 2009-10 season when Iowa won 11 of 13 games, Spievey was very rarely challenged through the air. In the NFL, Spievey is looked at as someone who can excel in a cover-two scheme and he is also good in zone coverage.

“He’s got really good ball skills. His tackling has improved a lot at Iowa from where he started. He’s the kind of guy that has a lot of upside. Some team could maybe reach on him a little bit based on his upside.”
Scott Porter
SidelineScouting.net

This is the third straight season that a Hawkeye defensive back has been selected in the NFL Draft. Bradley Fletcher was taken by St. Louis last season in the third round and Charles Godfrey was picked by Carolina in the third round of the 2008 draft.

Spievey was named first team all-Big Ten Conference by league coaches and second team by media. He was named honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly.

The third Hawkeye selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, Spievey joins former teammates Bryan Bulaga and Pat Angerer in the professional ranks. This is the 33rd consecutive season that Iowa has had a player chosen in the NFL Draft. There have now been 36 Iowa players selected in the draft in head coach Kirk Ferentz’s 11 seasons.

HAWKEYES DRAFTED DURING FERENTZ ERA
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Offensive line
Round 2 Pat Angerer Indianapolis Linebacker
Round 3 Amari Spievey Detroit Defensive back
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