According to The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen and ESPN’s Joe Schad, safety Tyler Sash will forego his senior year at Iowa and enter April’s NFL Draft.
Sash recorded 13 interceptions, 217 tackles, and three forced fumbles during his three year Hawkeye career. His 13 career picks ranks 5th-best in Iowa football history.
Just like fellow underclassmen Marvin McNutt and Shaun Prater, Sash officially made his announcement via his Twitter account, @TSash.
The Oskaloosa, IA, native had his best season in the Hawkeye uniform in 2009, intercepting six passes and recording 85 tackles. Those numbers earned him first team All-Big Ten and third team AP All-America honors.
He recorded a pair of interceptions and 79 tackles in 2010, earning him first team All-Big honors for the second consecutive season.
Bowen said that league scouts project Sash to be a mid-round pick in the draft.
Wes Bunting, The National Football Post’s Director of College Scouting, had also been asked about Sash’s draft stock. Bunting thought the junior would have been better off spending another season in Iowa City.
The junior’s decision to go pro combined with fellow safety Brett Greenwood’s graduation means the Hawkeyes will open the 2011 season with a new pair of safeties.
Fortunately for Iowa, cornerbacks Micah Hyde and Shaun Prater will both be back next year, giving the Hawkeyes much-needed experience in its secondary.