Denver Broncos select Fant with pick No. 20

Noah Fant follows T.J. Hockenson, becoming the second Hawkeye selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Nick Rohlman

Iowa tight end Noah Fant celebrates scoring a touchdown during Iowa’s game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 63-0.

Pete Ruden, Sports Editor

Noah Fant is officially off the board after getting chosen by the Denver Broncos with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Fant projects as a heavy threat in the passing game at the next level. His athleticism and versatility make him a mismatch in coverage. In his time with the Black and Gold, he has shown to be too fast for linebackers and too big for defensive backs.

With Jake Butt, Troy Fumagalli, and Temarrick Hemingway on the depth chart, Fant will serve as a playmaker on an inexperienced roster.

Only Butt received noteworthy playing time in 2018, catching 8 passes for 85 yards.

Fant led Iowa with 7 touchdowns in 2018, hauling in 39 passes for 519 yards as well. He scored 19 touchdowns in his career, which is the most by a Hawkeye tight end and the third-most by a tight end in Big Ten history.

He posted similar numbers in 2017, catching 30 passes for 494 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Omaha, Nebraska, native finished 2018 as a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference’s coaches and was a third-team AP All-American.

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