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Brandon Scherff | Tackle

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 320

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ESPN's Mel Kiper expects Iowa OT Brandon Scherff to eventually "land at right tackle."
"Another tackle who could start his NFL career as a dominant guard, though I suspect he'll land at right tackle," Kiper wrote, ranking Scherff as his No. 9 overall prospect. "Overall, he is dominant in the run game -- the guy who will just try to drive a defender into the parking lot -- and has made strides as a pass-blocker. I've said before that he can be better in pass protection, but he is pretty good, just not super nimble. He is the best run-blocker in the class, along with La'el Collins. Scherff uses a powerful base and a powerful punch to jolt defenders, and he can move well and line up blocks in space." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler ranks Scherff No. 4 overall, but thinks the Hawkeye will be shifted to guard in the pros. This isn't the slap-in-the-face projection that it used to be: The NFL is wising up to the value of guards as means of preventing interior disruption, critical for an offense's success. Jan 28 - 7:25 PM

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Iowa OL Brandon Scherff's best position in the NFL will be G.

This does not prevent Brugler from praising Scherff, ranking him as the No. 4 overall prospect. Interior OL are receiving their due from evaluators, since preventing interior disruption is critical for an offense to have success. Scherff's projection could be similar to Zack Martin, as some teams will view him as an edge blocker and others inside. We think he is more natural as a tackle compared to Martin.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 10:02 AM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt ranks Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the No. 5 overall prospect.

"Love his aggressiveness and strength at the point of attack," Klatt wrote. "For a big man, he moves easily and his athleticism should help in his development in pass protection. Struggle against a solid speed rush at times at Iowa, but that should be minimized as his technique improves." The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff won the Outland Trophy, given to college football's top interior lineman. Some, including NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock and ESPN's Todd McShay, believe Scherff will be a stud NFL guard, but we think he can stay at left tackle long-term.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 6:03 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff's tendency to play from snap to whistle.

Jeremiah specifically points to how Scherff finishes in the running game, but the tackle has "some flaws in pass pro." We will keep pointing to functional strength when evaluating offensive linemen, because without it nothing really matters. Scherff will look poor on a couple of snaps per game, whether it is due to overextending or getting off balance in his pass set. But he is athletic, strong and aggressive, and the complete package is very good.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:29:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Iowa OT Brandon Scherff, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory and Missouri DE Shane Ray could be options for the Bucs if they trade out of the No. 1 pick.

The analyst postulates that Tampa Bay could trade down with the Jets, who pick No. 6 and have a desperate need for a franchise quarterback. "Tampa's top two needs after QB are at offensive tackle and pass-rusher," McShay wrote. "Iowa's Brandon Scherff is our top-rated OT prospect right now and would be a good option with the sixth overall pick, and either of the top two pass-rushers in this class -- Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Missouri's Shane Ray -- would be a good choice at that spot as well." The analyst notes that USC DL Leonard Williams has No. 1 talent, but doesn't see him as a fit in Tampa due to the presence of Gerald McCoy.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 07:35:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that, while he likes this season's class of tackles, "it's interesting that there might not be a true NFL left tackle -- at least early on -- among the top four players."

"For example: [Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff] has room to grow as a pass-blocker, and some team may just want to move him inside and let him dominate as a guard," Kiper wrote. Kiper ranks Scherff No. 1 amongst tackles, with Cedric Ogbuehi, La'el Collins, and Andrus Peat slotted behind him, in order. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff won the Outland Trophy, given to college football's top interior lineman.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff named to the Associated Press All-American first team.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff, also won the Outland Trophy, which is given to college football's top interior lineman. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has compared Scherff to Zach Martin (and Joel Bitonio). We believe Scherff could stick on the outside, should his next coaching staff decide to keep him there.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff projects to ESPN's Todd McShay as "the Zack Martin of this draft class."

The analyst ranks Scherff as the No. 7 overall prospect. "His lack of ideal length puts into question whether he can become an NFL offensive tackle, but I think he still has a shot to become one, and at worst he has what it takes to be an excellent guard at the next level," McShay wrote. "He displays excellent toughness, he's good in pass protection, is an elite run-blocker and is a powerful, nasty finisher." Interestingly, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock also compared Scherff to Zach Martin (and Joel Bitonio). We believe Scherff could stick on the outside, should his next coaching staff decide to keep him there.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:13:00 PM

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz mentioned that senior T Brandon Scherff will likely join Detroit Lions' Reilly Reiff and Green Bay Packers' Bryan Bulaga as a first-round NFL draft pick in April, according to Des Moines Register's Rick Brown.

"Ferentz thinks his senior left offensive tackle, Brandon Scherff, has the same characteristics and will likely join Reiff and Bulaga as a first-round NFL draft pick in April," Brown writes. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has compared Scherff to Zach martin and Joel Bitonio, two early round rookies who have made a huge impact on their respective teams. We would not be surprised to see Scherff stay on the outside at the next level.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:01:00 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff's best NFL fit is inside at G.

Mayock notes Scherff's size: 6'5/320 lbs with 33-inch arms. "He's tough, aggressive, and he finishes," Mayock states, praising Scherff's zone blocking abilities and his strength once getting his hands on the opponent. Mayock's comparisons for the Iowa senior include Zach martin and Joel Bitonio, two early round rookies who have made a tremendous impact on their respective teams. We would not be surprised to see Scherff stay on the outside in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 10:09:00 AM

An NFC East director of scouting told NFL.com that he thought Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff had Top-15 potential.

The scout told NFL.com's draft team that "[Scherff] returned from an early-season injury and has been better than ever. A better prospect than (former Iowa first-round OTs) Bryan Bulaga and Riley Reiff." Both Bulaga and Reiff were picked 23rd overall in the first-round. Scherff suffered a knee injury on September 6th but has played spectacularly well given that he underwent surgery just two months ago. He's agile considering his 6-foot-5, 320-pound frame, and according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, has a "lethal combination of balance, patience and upper-body strength."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 08:46:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is the best run-blocker in the country.

Kiper has him listed at #6 on his latest Big Board writing, "I've said before he can be better in pass protection, but he is pretty good. He is the best run-blocker in the class along with La'el Collins." Kiper is particularly keen on Scherff's powerful base and quick feet, describing him as "nimble." Scherff is 6-foot-5 and weighs 320 pounds. He's had a lot of experience blocking in the running game for Iowa, as they don't do much else well. Despite the lack of experience in a passing offense, Kiper feels that Scherff has all the tools to transition to the NFL. He's projected as a Top-10 pick.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 07:42:00 PM

An NFL scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler that his team is evaluating Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as a guard only.

The scout said his team made this decision not because it's necessarily content at offensive tackle, but because "he's best" at guard. Scherff ranks No. 2 on NFLDraftScout.com's list of senior OTs behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff compares favorably to last year's No. 2 offensive tackle, Jake Matthews, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 06:26:00 PM

Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff "proved worthy of his projected top 10 status" in Iowa's 24-20 win over Pittsburgh, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Scherff ranks No. 2 on NFLDraftScout.com's list of senior OTs, behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. "Scherff, in fact, is more polished than Ogbuehi, comparing favorably to last year's No. 2 offensive tackle, Jake Matthews, who was selected No. 6 overall by the Atlanta Falcons," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff "possesses a lethal combination of balance, patience and upper body strength," according to Rang. "He waits for defenders to get close and has explosive power in his hands to control and often knock them completely off their feet. This aggressive, competitive temperament is another reason why Scherff projects so well to the next level, whereas scouts would like to see a little more nastiness in Ogbuehi's game." Whenever Iowa has a key rushing play, they typically call it behind Scherff.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is expected to play in some capacity against Iowa State, according to beat writer Marc Morehouse.

"Latest little nugget of info: Sounds like No. 68 will play. How much? Don't know. Can plans change? Yes," Morehouse tweeted. Scherff underwent right knee surgery last Tuesday and was expected to miss 2-3 weeks. The acclaimed draft prospect stayed in the game against Ball State despite the injury.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:49:00 PM