Michael Ojemudia is third Hawkeye taken in NFL Draft after third-round selection
Another Hawkeye is headed to the NFL.
On the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft, Iowa defensive back Michael Ojemudia was selected in the third round. He was taken at No. 77 overall by the Denver Broncos. Ojemudia is the third Iowa player to be selected in this year’s draft, joining Tristan Wirfs (No. 13) and A.J. Epenesa (No. 54).
Ojemudia was not a highly-recruited prospect out of high school but developed into an NFL talent under Kirk Ferentz and Phil Parker. After playing as a rotational player for the Hawkeyes throughout his first two seasons in Iowa City, Ojemudia really blew up his final two years with the program.
In the last two seasons, Ojemudia tallied 91 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and six interceptions. He grew into one of Iowa’s top secondary players and was a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks in 2018 and 2019.
Under Ferentz, Iowa has been known for turning under-recruited players into NFL talent. Ojemudia is the latest example of that. It’ll be fun to see if he can work into the rotation for the Broncos in his rookie season.