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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

Iowa junior DT Darian Cooper will miss the entire season after undergoing season-ending surgery.

The Hawkeyes announced the news on Facebook, but have not yet divulged what injury Cooper sustained. This isn't a debilitating loss for Iowa -- they boast one of the nation's best DT tandems in Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat -- but Cooper was an important depth piece who appeared in all 25 games the past two seasons. Cooper collected 18 tackles and a sack last year. "Coop has got some good skills," defensive line coach Reese Morgan said prior to fall camp. "We would like to have some guys inside that have some girth that can stand up against the run."
Aug 26 - 7:19 PM

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

Iowa junior FB Adam Cox has been lost to a season-ending ACL injury.

Not many details are known about the fluke injury. "He kind of just ran up in there," backup fullback Macon Plewa said. "I don’t know the details of it. But it happened." If you've heard of the "Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God" meme, you aren't surprised by this news. Indeed, the Hawkeyes' recent history with running back health is hard to fathom. Plewa, who will try to avoid the AIRBHG curse, will now step into the starting lineup. "I’m ready to embrace the opportunity," Plewa said. "With or without Adam, I was ready to compete whether it was on offense or special teams. Whenever I’m on the field, I want to try my best and do the best for the team."
Aug 17 - 2:07 AM

Iowa junior C Austin Blythe is "an efficient center in the Nick Mangold/Weston Richburg mold," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Iowa has a history of producing centers and interior offensive linemen who slip through the cracks then go on to have decent NFL careers," Pauline wrote. "I believe this to be the case with Austin Blythe. He’s an efficient center in the Nick Mangold/Weston Richburg mold; a blocker who gets the most from his ability and does not make mental mistakes." Blythe transitioned from guard to center during spring practices last year. He started all 13 games at center last season and was named an Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media.
Aug 7 - 9:12 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

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis is "very understated," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

He might be understated, but Davis has shed the "underrated" label this season, as both CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and ESPN's Mel Kiper have rated him amongst the elite DT prospects. "He plays hard on every down and is more athletic than he looks on film," Pauline wrote. Davis collected 42 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Not overwhelming numbers, but a lot of his production can't be seen: Davis is amongst the best in the nation at occupying blockers and clogging lanes.
Aug 7 - 7:08 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

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Iowa redshirt senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has superior quickness and range to more heralded teammate Carl Davis.

Davis is rated by many as one of the best DT prospects in the nation. As such, Trinca-Pasat often gets lost in the shuffle when experts discuss NFL prospects. He shouldn't, as LTP is an undersized but active tackle with a non-stop motor. Trinca-Pasat led Iowa defensive lineman with 8.0 tackles for loss last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 4:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler appreciates Iowa senior RB Mark Weisman's fullback build and balance as a runner.

The Hawkeyes have lost so many running backs to attrition, injury, and suspension in recent years that their poor fortunate has become an internet meme. Weisman relieved Kirk Ferentz's headaches almost from the moment he stepped onto campus, a poor man's Mike Alstott who won't break into the open field, but also won't get stopped behind the line. "Built like a fullback, he rarely wins with make-you-miss quickness, but he does have the balance, power, and no-nonsense run style that allows him to rack up positive yardage, leading the Hawkeyes with 975 rushing yards in 2013," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 4:03 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Iowa senior LB Quinton Alston is on the NFL's radar despite only having made one career start.

The Hawkeyes have been loaded with future NFLers at linebacker the past few years, but they are forced to replace all three starting LBs from last season. "Although he has only one career start, Alston is basically the veteran of Iowa's linebacker group as he will try and fill the shoes of James Morris [who received attention this offseason for spending four days on New England's roster and making $20,000 as a UDFA] at middle linebacker," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 232-pounder runs a 4.69 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 3:47 PM

Iowa redshirt junior OG Jordan Walsh has "a squatty body type and might be a better center at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Walsh was a first-time starter last season, and acquitted himself well, neutralizing such prospects as Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman. "Walsh isn't the strongest and doesn't consistently use his length properly, but he holds his ground at the point of attack, squaring his frame and bending his knees to absorb contact," Brugler wrote. "He plays with excellent body control and engages well at the second level with the finishing attitude needed for the position. While not overpowering, Walsh is always looking for someone to block and rarely loses in one-on-one battles."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 3:15 PM

Iowa redshirt senior T Andrew Donnal is on the NFL's radar despite never having started before, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The pros will be interested in any starting offensive lineman Kirk Ferentz develops, so this evaluation is more a function of scouts' faith in Iowa's staff than anything Donnal has done to this point. "There isn't much tape for scouts to evaluate on Donnal because he's been a career reserve up until this point," Brugler wrote. "But he's expected to start opposite Scherff at right tackle in 2014 and did a nice job in the spring. With plenty of scouts flocking to Iowa City to get to know Scherff, Donnal has an excellent opportunity to impress campus visitors this fall."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 2:42 PM


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