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Brandon Scherff | Tackle

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 320

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Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is ranked as the No. 2 offensive line prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay.
Scherff enters the season slightly behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi for No. 1 OL honors on most analysts' boards. Similar to the Jake Matthews/Greg Robinson debate last season, Scherff is more technically sound, while Ogbuehi's athletic upside is staggering. "Scherff excels in the running game," McShay wrote. "He fires out of his stance quickly, has good range on pulls and second-level blocks and is a powerful drive blocker with a nasty disposition. Scherff is good in pass protection, but there's room for improvement with his hand placement and ankle flexibility." Aug 27 - 7:42 PM

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Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff could be the best NFL Hawkeyes offensive lineman Kirk Ferentz has ever coached, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior has a superb motor, is a nasty drive blocker, packs a punch when hitting defenders, and keeps great separation while pass blocking. "Powerful, tenacious and technically sound, Scherff may just prove the best in the long line of NFL linemen tutored by Kirk Ferentz," Rang wrote. Scherff enters the season slightly behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi for No. 1 OL honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 3:27 PM

NFL.com ranks Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the sixth-best player in college football.

"Dominant offensive tackles with his combination of strength, power and athleticism are hard to find in today's game," Bucky Brooks said. Colleague Charles Davis suggested readers go back and watch the Ohio State tape, a game in which Scherff mauled NFL prospects. "He can power anybody off the line of scrimmage but is surprisingly agile for a player his size at left tackle. Scherff is smart and can handle just about anything a defense throws at him," Bryan Fischer said. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, a potential top 10 pick in 2015, has started 20 straight at LT. "On third-and-1, there might not be a better blocker to follow in the nation. Scherff is at his best at the point of attack," Chase Goodbread said.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 24 - 9:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that "many in the scouting community challenge" the ranking of Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the "top senior prospect in the nation."

Pauline reported way back in May that by a number of scouts ranked Scherff as the no. 1 senior prospect. Apparently there was some backlash to that opinion. "I’ve been a fan of Scherff’s game since his sophomore season as he’s a complete tackle, efficient in all areas," Pauline wrote. "Though I would not grade him as high as former Big Ten tackle Taylor Lewan, I do believe Scherff is a top twelve pick with immediate starting potential at the next level." The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, a potential top 10 pick in 2015, has started 20 straight at LT.
Aug 7 - 7:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline ranks Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the Big 10's best prospect.

No surprise here. Pauline reported back in June that the NFL's scouting service graded Scherff as the best senior prospect at any position. Scherff has been clocked under 5 seconds in the forty, is agile enough to be an effective pass blocker, and is an absolute mauler as a drive blocker in the run game. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, a potential top 10 pick in 2015, has started 20 straight at LT.
Aug 4 - 6:43 PM

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz says senior T Brandon Scherff "may be the next Joe Thomas" and skip the draft.

Scherff, a top-10 prospect, will of course be invited to the festivities, but his coach isn't so sure he'll accept. "He may be the next Joe Thomas. ... I could see him opting for fishing over going and getting a $1,000 suit, or whatever those cost," Ferentz said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days. "That's just not him." Ferentz has said Scherff is extremely grounded for a star player. "I think (the draft is) during turkey-hunting season, so I might be turkey hunting," Scherff said. "... I love enjoying the outdoors. I wouldn't trade it for a thing."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 1 - 1:38 AM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff has drawn "better guard than tackle" distinctions, however CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Scherff has the "ability to stay outside at the next level."

"He shifts his weight well and can be a wrecking ball at the second level with an eager blocking attitude and the demeanor of a wrestler, taking down rushers," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior gives a tremendous effort when it comes to drive blocking, simultaneously delivering a good punch when attacking defenders, while keeping good separation. The Big Ten's most dominant offensive lineman, has started 20 straight games at left tackle for the Hawkeyes and could be a potential top 10 pick in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 10:53 AM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff headlines a group of 64 players named to the preseason Outland Trophy watch list.

Nineteen of the 64 -- almost one-third -- come from the SEC. Scherff's stiffest competition for the hardware will probably come from LSU's La'El Collins, Florida State's Cameron Erving, or Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. The Outland Trophy is given annually to the nation's best offensive or defensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 8:26 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman names Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff his No.2 freakiest players in college football, on his "Freaks List."

"Chris Doyle, Iowa's strength coach the past 16 seasons, has worked with everyone from Hawkeye first-round linemen Robert Gallery and Bryan Bulaga to three-time All-Pro Marshal Yanda. "In terms of pure explosiveness, (Scherff) is the best we've ever had," Doyle said. "He's in a league of his own." That really is a mouthful, when you consider that Gallery ran in the 4.8s at the combine and vertical jumped 30 inches despite weighing 323 pounds before becoming the second overall pick in 2004," Feldman wrote. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior is one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the Big Ten, and quite the mauler in the run game. Scherff has started 20 straight games at LT for the Hawkeyes, and could be a potential top 10 pick in 2015.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 7 - 4:06 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff allowed an average of only one impact play per game last season, according to STATS LLC.

He surrendered merely one sack, four hurries, eight knockdowns in 13 starts. Scherff is seen by many as the best offensive lineman in college football, and he'll be fighting a group led by Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi to become the first OT picked in the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior has started 20 straight at LT and runs a forty in under 5 seconds.
Jun 28 - 3:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks sees Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as "a standout player at the next level," and ranks Scherff as his No.3 rated tackle.

"Scherff is a mauler type with the strength, power and explosiveness to blow defenders off the ball. Although he still needs to refine the finer points of his game as a pass protector (footwork and hand placement), Scherff exhibits all of the traits needed to be a standout player at the next level," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior is the lynchpin of the Hawkeyes' offensive line and a solid blocker. If scouts at the next level are looking for a mauler in the run game, Scherff could be the perfect fit for a hard-nosed running attack.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 17 - 8:32 AM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is "not a great bender in pass protection and lacks top foot quickness," according to NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah likes Scherff's "powerful/nasty" brand of run blocking, but he's higher on Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. The reason is Jeremiah's belief that Ogbuehi's ceiling is higher, writing that the Aggies' star has "outstanding foot quickness, bends easy and recovers smoothly."
Jun 8 - 11:04 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the NFL scouting service grades Iowa OT Brandon Scherff as the best senior prospect at any position.

Scherff would have been in competition with such prospects as OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Cameron Erving, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, edge rusher Vic Beasley and QB Bryce Petty. There's obviously almost a year left to go in the process, but this is a nice starting point for the Hawkeyes' mauler. He's started 20 straight at left tackle and has been clocked under 5 seconds in the forty.
Jun 7 - 10:44 PM

NFL.com agrees with Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz's assessment that senior OT Brandon Scherff is the best offensive lineman in college football.

"There's not a better offensive lineman in college football, that's my opinion," Ferentz said. Scherff has made 20 straight starts at left tackle for Iowa, an offensive lineman factory. The senior has been clocked under 5 seconds in the forty, is agile enough to be an effective pass blocker, and is an absolute mauler as a drive blocker in the run game. He's a potential top 10 pick in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 6 - 12:48 AM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is "freakishly strong" and has been clocked under 5 seconds in the forty, reports NFL.com.

Scherff is a mauling technician on the field, but don't let that fool you: He's also a superb athlete. Scherff played quarterback until he was a junior in high school, at which point he shifted to the line. As a prep, he competed in basketball, tennis and track, winning the Iowa state shot put title. He was also a four-year letterman in baseball. Iowa didn't pass enough to display Scherff's protection gifts consistently last year, but the Hawkeyes are expected to throw it a bit more in 2014. Scherff's run blocking is above reproach.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 9:31 PM