Hitchens Drafted in 4th Round by Dallas


May 10, 2014

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens was selected by Dallas in the fourth round (119th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday. Hitchens is the third Iowa player selected, as TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) and LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland) were selected in the third round Friday.

Hitchens is the 55th Hawkeye player under Kirk Ferentz to be drafted and is the seventh Hawkeye linebacker chosen in the NFL Draft since 2006. Furthermore, this NFL Draft marks the third time under Ferentz that Iowa has had multiple linebackers selected (A.J. Edds and Pat Angerer in 2010, and Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway in 2006).

2014 NFL Draft

Hitchens becomes the first Hawkeye since OL Joe Levelis and FB Norm Granger in 1984 to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys.

Hitchens (6-1, 233) is a native of Lorain, Ohio, where he attended Clearview HS before joining the Hawkeye program. He earned second team all-Big Ten accolades as a senior, starting the final 14 games of his career and 24 games overall.

Hitchens, who played four straight seasons beginning as a true freshman in 2010, finished his Hawkeye career with 270 tackles, a total that ties for 21st in school history.

Hitchens, who was shared team MVP honors with OL Brandon Scherff this past season, led the Hawkeyes in tackles as a junior (124) and senior (112). In addition to his 112 stops as a senior, he amassed 13.5 tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He also had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass break-up.

One of Hitchens’ most memorable plays as a Hawkeye was when he stripped QB Devin Gardner and recovered the fumble to thwart Michigan’s final drive and preserve Iowa’s 24-21 victory on “Senior Day” at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 23, 2014.

Hitchens, who accumulated 13 career games with double-digit tackles, played a pivotal role in an Iowa defense that ranked sixth nationally in total defense, seventh in first downs allowed, ninth in passing defense and scoring defense, and 19th in rushing defense. Iowa allowed just eight rushing touchdowns in 13 games.

During his career, Hitchens helped the Hawkeyes appear in three bowl games: 2010 Insight Bowl (Missouri), 2011 Insight Bowl (Oklahoma) and 2014 Outback Bowl (LSU).

2014 NFL Draft
Round 3 C.J. Fiedorowicz Houston Tight end
Round 3 Christian Kirksey Cleveland Linebacker
Round 4 Anthony Hitchens Dallas Linebacker
2013 NFL Draft
Round 5 Micah Hyde Green Bay Defensive back
2012 NFL Draft
Round 1 Riley Reiff Detroit Offensive line
Round 4 Mike Daniels Green Bay Defensive line
Round 5 Adam Gettis Washington Offensive line
Round 5 Shaun Prater Cincinnati Defensive back
Round 6 Marvin McNutt Philadelphia Wide receiver
Round 7 Jordan Bernstine Washington Defensive back
2011 NFL Draft
Round 1 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Defensive end
Round 4 Christian Ballard Minnesota Defensive line
Round 5 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City Quarterback
Round 5 Karl Klug Tennessee Defensive line
Round 5 Julian Vandervelde Philadelphia Offensive line
Round 6 Tyler Sash New York Giants Defensive back
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
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