Titans Select Klug in Fifth Round

April 30, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa defensive tackle Karl Klug was selected by Tennessee Titans with the 11th pick of the fifth round of the NFL Draft today.

Klug is the fourth Hawkeye player, and third Iowa defensive lineman, selected in the 2011 draft.

Klug started all 13 games in 2010 and 26 consecutive games over the last two seasons. He earned second team all-Big Ten recognition by league coaches and media as a senior and was selected to compete in the East-West Shrine Game. Klug is the third Hawkeye defensive lineman drafted this year and the eighth selected in the Kirk Ferentz era.

Tennessee placed fourth in the AFC South last season. The Titans defense ranked 26th overall (367.2 ypg) and 20th against the run (115.7 ypg). The Titans are led by first-year head coach Mike Munchak. Munchak replaces Jeff Fisher, who had been head coach of the titans for more than 16 full seasons.

With Klug on the field from 2007-10, the Hawkeyes compiled a record of 34-17 with victories in the Outback, Orange and Insight bowls in three consecutive seasons. Iowa was fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense in 2008 (13 points per game), sixth in rushing defense in 2010 (101.54 yards per game) and 10th in total defense in 2009 (276.54 yards per game). As a senior Klug recorded 29 solo stops and 28 assists, leading the team in both tackles for loss (13-67) and QB sacks (5.5-47). He ranked fifth in the Big Ten in both categories.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Klug is a native of Caledonia, Minn., where he attended Caledonia High School. His career totals include 140 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 9.5 QB sacks.

Klug is the 43rd Ferentz-coached Hawkeye and 22nd defensive player to be drafted. Last season a record six Iowa players were drafted, led by first-rounder Bryan Bulaga, who started on the offensive line for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Round 1 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Defensive end
Round 4 Christian Ballard Minnesota Defensive tackle
Round 5 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City Quarterback
Round 5 Karl Klug Tennessee Defensive tackle
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Offensive line
Round 2 Pat Angerer Indianapolis Linebacker
Round 3 Amari Spievey Detroit Defensive back
Round 3 Tony Moeaki Kansas City Tight end
Round 4 A.J. Edds Miami Linebacker
Round 7 Kyle Calloway Buffalo Offensive line
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