Iowa State’s Mike Rose Declares for 2022 NFL Draft

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Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose declared for the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, leaving as one of the program’s most decorated defenders.

Rose leaves Iowa State after four seasons, helping the Cyclones to their first Big 12 Championship Game appearance at the end of the 2020 season.

Rose made the announcement on his Instagram page.


While Rose was a senior, returning to college for a fifth season was an option because he had not used his extra year of eligibility afforded to him by the NCAA due to COVID-19. Heading to the NFL means foregoing that season.

At this point, collegiately speaking, there isn’t much more that Rose can do. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound linebacker finished his ISU career with 321 tackles, 9.5 sacks, six interceptions and one forced fumble. His 41 career tackles for loss is second-best all-time.

In 2021, Rose tallied 73 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks as he earned All-Big 12 honors. He didn’t play in the Cheez-It Bowl, as head coach Matt Campbell said that Rose was dealing with some health issues.

Rose’s 2020 season put him on the radars of NFL scouts everywhere, as he was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was named a First-Team All-American by two different outlets.

Rose follows other Iowa State players into the 2022 NFL Draft, including quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall. considered Rose to be a Day 3 pick back in November.

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