Four Cyclones invited to NFL Combine

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletics Communications:

AMES, Iowa – Four Iowa State players received invitations to the 2023 NFL Combine, held February 28-March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Players that will represent the Cyclones at the Combine will be MJ Anderson (DE), Xavier Hutchinson (WR), Anthony Johnson Jr. (DB) and Will McDonald IV (DE).

A total of 319 players received invites to this year’s NFL Combine, held annually by the National Football League for prospective draft picks to showcase their skills in front of NFL scouts.ADVERTISING

Hutchinson was a record-setting receiver for the Cyclones, breaking the single-season (107) and career record (254) for receptions. He was a Biletnikoff Award finalist and an Associated Press First Team All-American in 2022.

McDonald IV broke the Cyclone record and tied the Big 12 career record with 34.0 sacks. He was a three-time First Team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches and in 2021 earned First Team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

Johnson Jr. made the move from cornerback to safety for his senior season and earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors after finishing with 60 tackles and two interceptions. He broke the Iowa State and Big 12 record with 54 career starts.

In his only season playing at Iowa State, Anderson finished with 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He had nine tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble for the Cyclones in 2022. In the season finale, Anderson tallied a season-high eight tackles.

The NFL Network will broadcast each day of the Combine.