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2015 NFL DRAFT

Anthony Hitchens, OLB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lorain, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 240 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
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Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 4/119 -- Anthony Hitchens, OLB, 6-0, 240, Iowa...Seems to be a bit of a reach as he could have been available later in the draft but he was very productive in college and likes to hit. He led Iowa in tackles in 2013 and was the defensive MVP. Will have an immediate impact on special teams and could push Bruce Carter at weak-side linebacker. - The Sports Xchange

05/11/2014 - Many draft experts felt the Cowboys reached with the pick of Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens in the fourth round. Some projections had him going as late as the seventh. But owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys had a fourth round grade on Hitchens. They like his ability to make plays and reputation as a hard hitter. They also see him as insurance for oft-injured middle linebacker Sean Lee. "We saw a guy who could run with size, and we saw one of the few inside linebackers that we thought could come in here and help us if we lost Sean Lee," the Cowboys owner said. "So we saw a guy who could definitely improve us from where we were last year when we lost Sean Lee." Lee missed five games last year because of a leg and neck injuries and 10 games two years ago because of a broken toe. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Iowa LB Anthony Hitchens. He has not been as versatile as Morris, but he can help slow down Jeremy Hill. If Hill and backup Terrence Magee can't get rolling, Jennings will be put in an uncomfortable position. - The Sports Xchange

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Anthony Hitchens,...Morris (Solon, Iowa), Hitchens (Lorain, Ohio), and Kirksey (St. Louis, Mo.), have combined to give the Hawkeyes one of the top linebacker crews in the nation. Hitchens leads Iowa in tackles (102), followed by Morris (99) and Kirksey (97). In career stops, Morris has 392, Kirksey 308 and Hitchens 260. Morris also leads Iowa with four interceptions. - Iowa football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Anthony Hitchens, Iowa, Linebacker...Hitchens leads the Iowa defense with 102 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He also has two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass break-up. - Iowa football

11/23/2013 - Jake Rudock threw for 239 yards and a pair of touchdown passes and Iowa rallied from 14 down to beat Michigan 24-21 Saturday. A fumble recovery by Anthony Hitchens with 2:12 left sealed it for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who also clinched a winning season after going 4-8 in 2012. Michigan used a pair of Rudock interceptions to race out to a 21-7 halftime lead. But the Hawkeyes held the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) to just 45 yards in the second half and jumped ahead on a 34-yard field goal by Mike Meyer with 6:02 left.

Devin Gardner drove Michigan to Iowa's 31 before he was stripped by Hitchens. He finished with 98 yards passing and two TDs. Rudock also threw three interceptions, but he was bailed out by a spectacular effort from Iowa's defense. Mark Weisman added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown for Iowa, which has won three straight at home over Michigan. - AP Sports

09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Anthony Hitchens opened the season with a game his coach called the best he's ever played; and followed that up last week with eight tackles, two for loss, Iowa's first sack of the season and a pass breakup. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - Linebacker Anthony Hitchens, among the national leaders all last season, finished first in the Big Ten in tackles; and was fifth in the country in tackles per game and 13th in total tackles. He and fellow linebacker James Morris should again anchor the defense in 2013. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP IOWA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. OLB Anthony Hitchens (6-1, 225, 4.67)...Hitchens earned All Big-Ten honorable mention accolades from league coaches and media after leading the Hawkeyes with 124 tackles in 11 starts last season (missed one game due to injury). Possessing a compact, athletic frame, Hitchens displays an explosive first step, good balance through contact, and agility to redirect quickly in space. He's also a good fundamental tackler and an effective blitzer who exploits creases in the line and closes quickly in space.

Where he needs to show improvement is in his awareness and instincts in the passing game. While he does get his hips around quickly and maintains burst in transition, he struggles to maintain awareness of what's going on around or behind him when asked to drop into coverage and stay pointed at the line of scrimmage. When his back is to the quarterback, he'll struggle to get his head back around and track the ball in one-on-one coverage situations down field, and will occasionally over-run his gap in pursuit up near the line.

Despite possessing athleticism and toughness that NFL scouts look for in a linebacker prospect, there are still some raw elements to Hitchens' game that he needs to improve upon in his senior season if he's to draw serious consideration from NFL scouts as a guy who could be a regular contributor on a defense at the next level. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Anthony Hitchens, Iowa...Hitchens earned honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten coaches and media after starting 11 games last season, missing one game with an injury. He led the team with 124 tackles, while collecting 56 solo stops and 68 assists. The senior collected a career-high 19 tackles against Iowa State, led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. He currently has 158 tackles in his career. - Iowa football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Anthony Hitchens, Iowa...In addition to his selection to the Butkus Award Watch List, Hitchens was named preseason third team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness, as well as the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Hitchens earned honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten coaches and media after starting 11 games last season, missing one game with an injury. He led the team with 124 tackles, while collecting 56 solo stops and 68 assists. The senior collected a career-high 19 tackles against Iowa State, led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. He currently has 158 tackles in his career. - Iowa football

 
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 4/119 -- Anthony Hitchens, OLB, 6-0, 240, Iowa...Seems to be a bit of a reach as he could have been available later in the draft but he was very productive in college and likes to hit. He led Iowa in tackles in 2013 and was the defensive MVP. Will have an immediate impact on special teams and could push Bruce Carter at weak-side linebacker. - The Sports Xchange
 

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