Iowa's Riley Reiff will enter the NFL Draft, becoming the third top-rated offensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com to announce he is leaving school with a year of eligibility remaining.
He joins Southern California's Matt Kalil, who declared last month he was leaving for the NFL, and Stanford's Jonathan Martin, who made his announcement earlier Tuesday. All three are considered potential picks in the top half of the first round in April.
"Riley made his own decision," Reiff's mother, Jo, told the Des Moines Register. "We didn't help him out in any way. What he decided was OK with us.
"He finally came up with the decision."
Reiff, 6-feet-6 and 300 pounds, is the No. 5-rated overall prospect for 2012 by NFLDraftScout.com and is No. 10 on Rob Rang's Big Board. He has been a standout on the Hawkeyes' line since starting 11 of 13 games in 2009 while seeing time at left tackle, left guard and right tackle. He took the left tackle spot over fulltime in 2010, filling in for first-round pick Bryan Bulaga.
Iowa running back Marcus Coker had seven 100-yard rushing games in 2011, with Reiff leading the effort in the run blocking.
Unlike Bulaga, Reiff is considered a left tackle prospect in the NFL. He's athletic enough to stone speed rushers and plays with tenacity in the run game.
Meanwhile, running back Mika’il McCall, who was suspended for the final two games of the season, told the Register by text message that he will not be returning to the program.