Vandervelde Selected by Eagles in 5th Round

April 30, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde was selected by Philadelphia Eagles with the 30th pick of the fifth round of the NFL Draft today.

Vandervelde is the fifth Hawkeye player selected in the 2011 draft. Iowa had three players drafted in the fifth round Saturday equaling the most Hawkeyes picked in one round since three first round selections in the 1986 draft.

Vandervelde earned second team all-conference honors as a senior while starting all 13 games. Vandervelde is the 11th Hawkeye offensive lineman drafted during the Kirk Ferentz era at Iowa.

The Eagles won the NFC East with a 10-6 record last season. They were eliminated from the postseason by the eventual Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers. Philadelphia ranked second in total offense (389.4 ypg) and fifth in rushing yards per game in 2010 (145.3 ypg).

Vandervelde started 37 games in his career, including his final 18 contests. Off the field, he was named to the CoSIDA District Seven Academic All-America team each of the last three years and was a four-time member of the academic all-Big Ten team. He sang the national anthem prior to President Barack Obama’s visit to the Iowa campus in April, 2010.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Vandervelde is a native of Davenport, Iowa, where he attended Central High School. As a youth, he competed in the 2000 World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Vandervelde is the 44th Ferentz-coached Hawkeye and 23rd offensive 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.

2011 NFL Draft
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
Round 5 Julian Vandervelde Philadelphia Offensive line
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