Iowa All-America C Tyler Linderbaum declares for NFL Draft

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FILE – Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, right back, speaks to reporters prior to the NCAA College Football Big Ten Championship against Michigan, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the Hansen Football Performance Center in Iowa City, Iowa . Linderbaum announced on Friday, January 14, 2022 that he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. (Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

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Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum announced Friday that he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

The consensus All-American was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and received the Rimington Trophy as the top center in the nation. He was also a finalist for the Lombardi Prize and the Outland Trophy.

Linderbaum started 35 straight games at center after arriving from Solon, Iowa, as a defensive lineman. He should be a first-round pick and the first center selected.

“To my coaches, thank you for taking a chance on a kid from small town Iowa,” Linderbaum tweeted. “Thank you for pushing me to be a great football player, but an even better man.”

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