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Four Hawkeyes Drafted This Weekend

Cleveland, Ohio — University of Iowa senior defensive lineman Chauncey Golston was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of Friday’s NFL Draft. Golston was the 84th player picked overall.

Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Smith-Marsette was the 157th player picked overall.

Defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Nixon was the 158th player picked overall.

Linebacker Nick Niemann was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Niemann was the 185th player picked overall.

Golston, a native of Detroit, was named permanent defensive team captain after making 45 tackles (tied for third on the team) with 8 ½ tackles for loss and 5 ½ quarterback sacks. He intercepted a pass and broke up another.

With the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Golston on the defensive line in 2020, the Hawkeyes won six of eight games (including six in a row to conclude the pandemic-shortened season). Iowa allowed an average of 16 points per game (sixth among all FBS programs), 313.8 yards (eighth) and 107.6 yards on the ground (10th).

Smith-Marsette (6-foot-1, 179-pounds) is a native of Newark, NJ. He had 20 career starts and excelled on special teams as well as at wide receiver. Smith-Marsette earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and media in 2020, for both offense and special teams.

Smith-Marsette recorded 25 receptions for 345 yards and four touchdowns in eight games in 2020, leading the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He also averaged 22 yards on eight kickoff returns.

Nixon, a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, earned consensus All-America honors after leading the Big Ten Conference in tackles for loss (13) and total tackles among defensive lineman (45). Iowa’s defensive Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player was also named the Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Nixon was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy and one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award.

With the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Nixon on the defensive line in 2020, the Hawkeyes won six of eight games (including six in a row to conclude the pandemic-shortened season). Iowa allowed an average of 16 points per game (sixth among all FBS programs), 313.8 yards (eighth) and 107.6 yards on the ground (10th).

Niemann is the ninth linebacker selected in the Kirk Ferentz era and the first since Josey Jewell was a fourth round selection in 2018.

Niemann (6-foot-4, 233-pounds) is a native of Sycamore, Illinois. He started all eight games in 2020. Niemann led Iowa with 77 tackles, including 37 solo stops and 40 assists. Niemann earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and Phil Steele.

Following the season he was named a Permanent Team Captain, defense, and was recognized with the Hayden Fry Award. He earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition four straight years.

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