Three former Cyclones find NFL teams

Defensive back David Sims calls a missed catch during the game against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Jack Trice Stadium. Sims had 13 tackles against the Huskers.

Zach Gourley

Fewer than 24 hours after the NFL lockout was officially ended, three former Cyclone football players have reportedly found NFL teams to sign with.

Ben Lamaak, a two-year starting offensive lineman for the Cyclones, will join the Oakland Raiders.

“I talked to a couple teams this morning, and we kind of tried to decide where we thought was the best fit for me,” Lamaak said on his decision to join the Raiders. “Just from looking at their roster and what they drafted, that’s where my agent and myself decided we wanted to go.”

After going undrafted, Lamaak was forced to wait through the NFL lockout until a new collective bargaining agreement could be made between the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association.

Lamaak said that he stayed ready and in shape while living in Ankeny by working out nearly every day — often with the Ankeny high school football team.

“Things moved really fast, and it was kind of crazy and nerve-wracking,” Lamaak said hours after the lockout was officially ended. “I’ll go out there either tonight or tomorrow morning. Camp is out in Napa Valley so we fly into the Bay area and go to the Oakland training facility, and then take a bus to Napa.”

Lamaak said he and his agent evaluated the roster of the teams that contacted him, which made it clear that Oakland was the place for him.

“We just kind of looked at their roster and which teams needed help at guard and center, and they did draft a center [Stefan Wisniewski], but they do have a couple guard spots open,” Lamaak said. “They don’t have very many linemen on contract, so that’s where we felt I had the best chance to make the team.”

Former ISU defensive back David Sims also announced via Twitter that he will be joining the New York Giants.

According to multiple reports, tight end Collin Franklin, the Cyclones leading receiver last season, will join Sims in the Big Apple, but will be with the New York Jets.