2021 NFL Draft: Fallout for Iowa Hawkeyes top prospects

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Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa Hawkeyes, 2021 NFL Draft
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What is the 2021 NFL Draft fallout for Iowa Hawkeyes top prospects?

The fallout of the Big Ten and PAC 12 conferences postponing and likely canceling fall sports for the 2020 season is going to be absolutely massive, and it will obviously have a tremendous effect on the 2021 NFL Draft.

There are top 2021 NFL Draft prospects from both conferences, including potential top five overall players like Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

Even though Parsons previously opted out of the 2020 season, not every player – even those with an established draft stock – was going to skip the 2020 season. NFL Mocks writer Jake Schyvinck put together a post on the four Big Ten players least affected by the conference’s decision to not play sports in the fall, but there are certainly going to be guys from every school who have to impress NFL scouts in other ways leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft.

Which players from the Iowa Hawkeyes, specifically, are the most affected by this?

Of course, you could simply point to every fourth-year junior or senior, and certainly any fifth-year players, but there are undoubtedly specific players whose situations will necessitate ultimately opting for the 2021 NFL Draft and having to forfeit a chance to improve their draft stock.