Which Hawkeye signee is most likely to be an early contributor?

BY foxsports • February 5, 2016

Kirk Ferentz usually makes more of a splash on NFL draft days than National Signing Day, but Iowa needs to reload just like anyone else from year to year. 

After the Hawkeyes’ surprising undefeated regular season, they will look to maintain their momentum and put together another run to the Big Ten championship game (at least). 

While a pair of talented interior linemen will be tough to replace, playing as true freshmen on the line is a tall order in the Big Ten. 

So we are looking at tight end, where Noah Fant of Omaha (Neb.) South is the top-rated prospect among three Ferentz is expecting to sign Wednesday. 

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Fant is a big target who appears on film as a powerful player with the athleticism to play offense and defense in high school. He is the No. 26 tight end in the country and the top-rated player in the state of Nebraska. 

He looks like he will be able to bulk up to be an in-line player, and he has experience in high school playing as a move tight end as well. 

The cupboard is not bare at this position, but someone will need to step in to with Henry Krieger-Coble and Jake Duzey gone. 

Along with Fant, Iowa is bringing in in-state tight ends T.J. Hockenson of Charlton and Shaun Beyer of Cedar Rapids. 

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