Jaleel Johnson and Desmond King were captured on video earlier this week showing off their dance moves during a break from their work at the Senior Bowl.
The pair of Iowa football players join quarterback C.J. Beathard in trying to show off a few moves on the field as well as they work toward Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game in Mobile, Alabama.
“It’s going to be an important time,’’ Johnson said following the Hawkeyes’ loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl earlier this month. “It’s the next step in my career and a chance to put what I’ve learned at Iowa on display.’’
All three Hawkeyes are on the North roster for the game which will be televised by the NFL Network, the sixth straight year more than two Iowa players have participated in the postseason all-star game.
Beathard has recovered from the hamstring injury which slowed him in the 30-3 loss to the Gators on Jan. 2.
His quick release has caught the attention of scouts and the media during open practice sessions this week.
One of six quarterbacks participating this week, Beathard welcomed the chance to put his arm on display at the event after injuries and inexperience in the receiving corps and injuries in the offensive line tilted the Hawkeye offense toward the running game in 2016.
“I’ll get a chance to work with receivers there and have a chance to show what I can do,’’ Beathard said. “I feel like Iowa has prepared me well. Offensively, we weren’t able to do some of the things we like to do this year because of the situation we were in, but I feel like being part of a pro-style offense has gotten me ready for the next level.’’
Johnson and King believe they are prepared as well.
Johnson thrived as a senior, recording 7.5 sacks to become the first defensive tackle to lead Iowa in sacks since Mike Daniels in 2011.
King, who bypassed an early exit opportunity to return for his senior season after winning the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015, said he benefited by returning to the Hawkeyes last fall.
He is giving scouts a chance to gauge his skill this week as teams consider the four-year starting Hawkeye cornerback for a possible move to safety in the NFL.
“I feel like I’m ready now, much more than I would have been a year ago,’’ King said. “I see the game differently now and I feel like I’m a better student of the game. I feel ready to compete wherever I’m needed in the NFL.’’
Johnson is working to show that as well.
“The next couple of months are about showing what you can do,’’ he said. “People will be watching. That doesn’t necessarily change what you do, but you just have to be at your best.’’