Former Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde was out on the golf course Saturday afternoon when his phone started buzzing.
The display showed a call from Green Bay, Wis.
“My friends saw my phone ringing,” Hyde said. “They all started running up to the golf cart, yelling. They all just went crazy.
“It was hard to hear the coach and GM talking.”
The Green Bay Packers picked Hyde with the 159th selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Tatum-Woodson Award winner joins a young cornerback group for the Packers that includes Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Davon House and Casey Hayward.
“He can play corner, he can play nickel, dime. That’s where a lot of his value is at,” Green Bay cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. “We’re going to bring him in and see what he can do.”
Whitt called Hyde: “a smart kid, a tough kid, a willing tackler. He can play nickle. Play outside. He didn’t let ball go over his head. He understands football. There are a number of things he has that we like.”
Hyde said the coaches can see him playing inside, a third cornerback in nickle and dime packages.
“We know you’re a smart guy,” Hyde said the Packers told him. “That’s what they want to see.”
Hyde knew Saturday (rounds 4 to 7) would probably be the day he was drafted. “I was expecting free agent or seventh round,” Hyde said. “I was expecting the worst.”
Instead of watching the slow crawl of names on the TV inside his house at his hometown in Fostoria, Ohio, Hyde wanted to get outside and get his mind off the impending phone call.
One of the first things Hyde thought of was reuniting with former Hawkeye defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who was selected by the Packers last year in the fourth round.
“The first time I get to see him will be electric,” Hyde said. “I miss that guy. His place was the first placed I showed up at when I got to campus (as a freshman). He showed me the ropes.”
Former Hawkeye Bryan Bulaga is also on the Packers roster (2010 draft).
Hyde hopes to finish up school this spring going back and forth with mini-camps in Green Bay before moving up there full time.
Hyde was the only Hawkeye selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. It was the first time since 2001 Iowa only had one player taken.
Several Hawkeyes were getting free agent contracts after the draft:
QB James Vandenberg signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
OT Matt Tobin signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
WR Keenan Davis signed with the Cleveland Brown
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