CEDAR FALLS — Daurice Fountain will get the opportunity he was hoping for.
The Indianapolis Colts selected the former University of Northern Iowa standout receiver in the fifth round with the 159th overall pick of the NFL Draft Saturday.
Fountain becomes UNI’s 19th player selected in the NFL Draft and sixth under head coach Mark Farley. Fountain is UNI’s first draftee since Deiondre’ Hall was taken by the Chicago Bears with the 127th pick in the fourth round of 2016’s draft.
Fountain is the first Panther receiver drafted since Eddie Berlin in 2001 by the Tennessee Titans.
Following an outstanding senior season (66 catches, 943 yards, 12 TDs), Fountain increased his draft status significantly with his performance at the East-West Shrine all-star game and again during UNI’s pro day.
At the Shrine Game, he became the first Missouri Valley Football Conference player to earn MVP honors for the game after hauling in three catches for 61 yards and racking up 40 yards on punt returns.
Among his eye-opening efforts at pro day, Fountain recorded a 42.5-inch vertical leap, which is the highest of any draftee in 2018.
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A native of Madison, Wis., Fountain finished his Panther career as the sixth player in UNI history to rank in the Top-10 for catches (150), yards (2,077) and touchdowns (23).
Late Saturday, former UNI defensive backs Elijah Campbell and Malcolm Washington agreed to free agent deals. Campbell is headed to the Cleveland Browns, while Washington reached agreement with the Arizona Cardinals.
Iowa running back Akrum Wadley signed with Tennessee, linebacker Ben Niemann announced he had signed with the Chiefs and offensive linemen Sean Welsh and Ike Boettger signed as free agents with the Redskins and Bills, respectively.
Iowa offensive lineman Boone Myers announced he would participate in a tryout camp with the Colts, while wide receiver Matt VandeBerg and running back James Butler indicated they have agreed to participate in a tryout camp hosted by the Jets.
Five Iowa State players announced free-agent agreements after the Cyclones were shutout in the draft for the fourth straight year, the longest active drought among programs in power-five conferences.
ISU’s career receiving leader, Allen Lazard, has signed with the Jaguars, while two-way standout Joel Lanning has signed with Cowboys. Lanning will be joined in Dallas by two other Iowa State players agreed to free-agent deals, offensive lineman Jake Campos and wide receiver Marchie Murdock, and punter Colin Downing has signed with the Chiefs.
JEWELL TO BRONCOS: Former University of Iowa and Decorah High School star linebacker Josey Jewell was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round Saturday with the 106th overall pick.