Mel Kiper Jr. on Iowa’s Greene, King

Iowa's Mitch King shouts as he addresses the crowd during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Tampa Convention Center on Dec. 30, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. At right is Gary Dolphin. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa's Mitch King shouts as he addresses the crowd during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Tampa Convention Center on Dec. 30, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. At right is Gary Dolphin. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. complimented former Iowa players Shonn Greene and Mitch King during a conference call with reporters this morning.

Kiper said Greene, a running back, likely will be selected in rounds two through four. Kiper said Greene definitely would be a second-round pick but questioned Greene’s pass-catching skills.

“He could go late seconds to early fourth,” Kiper said. “If he was a more complete player, I think he’d be a guaranteed two.”

King has been projected to compete anywhere from defensive line to linebacker to even fullback. Kiper called King “a hustler.”

“I think he could play end or tackle depending upon the scheme,” Kiper said. “He’d be a fit for one of the two. Every team is not going to look at Mitch King and say he’s way up there but he’s a guy who’s very, very productive, good technique, never quits on a play. As a rotation guy and as a guy who can give you some versatility inside and as a kid who spills his guts every play … I would say Mitch King has got a chance to be a fourth-round pick.”

Greene rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns last year for Iowa. Both are school records. Greene was a consensus All-American and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back.

Iowa running back Shonn Greene answers questions at a news conference before the official presentation of the Doak Walker Award on Feb. 6, 2009, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Iowa running back Shonn Greene answers questions at a news conference before the official presentation of the Doak Walker Award on Feb. 6, 2009, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

“Running backs always drop a little bit,” Kiper said. “(Dallas’) Deshard Choice went in the fourth round. (Houston’s) Steve Slaton went in the third round. Both had outstanding years.”

King was a second-team All-American and was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.

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2 Responses to Mel Kiper Jr. on Iowa’s Greene, King

  1. N8 Dogg says:

    What?!? You didn’t even mention King was a Burlington Grayhound. A shameless plug for your Alma Mater, wouldn’t hurt!

  2. scottdo says:

    Yeah, I’m partial to the Grayhounds after giving thousands of hours, several scars and a shattered hand to my alma mater. Future stories will have Mitch and his hometown (the rocking town of Burlington).

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