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2010 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Snag Iowa Hawkeye Amari Spievey with No. 66 Pick

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  Amari Spievey #19 of the Iowa Hawkeyes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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B.Senior Analyst IApril 23, 2010

Iowa's Amari Spievey continues the trend of successful Hawkeye cornerbacks drafted in the third round of the NFL draft.

Like Charles Godfrey and Brad Fletcher in the previous two years before him, Spievey was selected in the third round of the draft this year.

With the No. 66 pick, the Detroit Lions added "The Glove" to their arsenal.

Spievey will join Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and California running back Jahvid Best in Detroit. He will likely see immediate playing time on special teams, but has an excellent chance to win a starting job at cornerback.

His two-year career at Iowa included six interceptions, 14 pass break-ups and 124 tackles. He started all 13 games in 2009/2010 and recorded 56 tackles (42 solo), eight pass breakups and two interceptions.

He was named first team all-Big Ten Conference by the coaches in 2009.

"At Iowa they teach the corners to be there in run support just as much as covering the receivers," Spievey told Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson. "I think that's going to help me in the NFL, to be able to tackle no matter what size a guy is."

"Spievey might have been the only true shut-down cornerback in the Big Ten in 2009, wrote ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. ESPN's Mel Kiper predicted Spievey would be an early third round pick.  

"He's physical, he's smart, he's tough," said Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew. "It's hard nowadays to find corners who are good tacklers."

As Detroit fans will soon find out, labeling Spievey a good tackler is a bit of an understatement.  

They will also find out he is quite good at intercepting the ball, as well.

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