Quietly, former Iowa defensive lineman Chauncey Golston may have seen his draft stock improve dramatically by participating in this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl. The Hawkeye star is a name being tossed around quite a bit, according to one draft analyst.

Senior Bowl executive director and draft analyst Jim Nagy recently provided a breakdown of Golston’s performance in this year’s event. Nagy says that Golston could’ve received his team’s Player of the Game honor after rewatching the tape.

“After reviewing tape, Senior Bowl American player-of-game honors could’ve gone to [Iowa’s] Chauncey Golston, who has length, versatility and motor to develop into quality starter,” Nagy wrote on Twitter. “[Golston] is getting plenty of buzz in NFL draft meetings right now.”

Golston played in all eight of Iowa’s games during the 2020 season and was credited with 45 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception for the Hawkeyes. He had a stellar four-year career in Iowa City, piling up 129 stops, 12 sacks, 7 pass break-ups, 3 picks and 3 fumble recoveries.

After another strong season on the field, Golston opted to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and not take advantage of the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility for all fall student-athletes. It was probably the best move, as he’s accomplished quite a bit at the college level.

Based on Nagy’s evaluation and the “buzz” about the former Hawkeye, it sounds like Golston absolutely made the right call and could hear his name called earlier than expected.