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Iowa redshirt sophomore OLB John Kenny will transfer.

Kenny started two contests last year after redshirting in 2013, and was moved from fullback to linebacker this spring. Kenny made sure to point out nothing "happened" to spur his decision, but he is only looking for a better fit.
May 11 - 12:43 PM

Iowa sophomore CB Malik Rucker has decided to transfer from the program.

As a redshirt freshman, the 6-foot, 180-pound Rucker saw action in six games for the Hawkeyes, recording three solo tackles and two assists, including a shared tackle for loss. Rucker was unable to crack Iowa's starting lineup and has announced his intentions to transfer.
May 5 - 2:22 PM

Rams signed Iowa DT Louis Trinca-Pasat.

Trinca-Pasat (6'1/290) made 38 starts for the Hawkeyes, compiling 23.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was voted second-team All-Big 10 by the conference's coaches as a senior. A good athlete for his squatty size, "LTP" ran 4.96 with a 32-inch vertical at the Combine. Trinca-Pasat is small with short arms (31 7/8"), but can shoot gaps and competes hard against the run.
May 5 - 12:24 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Redskins an "A-" draft grade and wrote that Washington, the softest team in the league last year in his estimation, "got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds."

"I know there are questions about whether Brandon Scherff can stay at tackle in the NFL (he was a LT at Iowa), but even if he's a guard, while the pick value loses a little, the guy is a true mauler, a player who makes the run game better the second he steps on the field," Kiper wrote. "Whether it's right tackle (makes sense) or guard, Scherff is a starter now." We agree with that assessment. And, like Kiper, we really liked Washington's second selection. "Preston Smith could have come off the board in Round 1, so to get him in Round 2 was minor coup," Kiper wrote. "That's a clear need at OLB, and he can move around too." Jamison Crowder, Arie Kouandjio and Martrell Spaight were all had on Day 3, providing intriguing prospects at a low cost.
May 4 - 7:50 PM

Rams selected Iowa G/T Andrew Donnal with the No. 119 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Donnal (6'6/313) only started one year in college, bookending Brandon Scherff as the Hawkeyes' right tackle. He was an honorable mention All-Big 10 pick. Donnal is a passable athlete with adequate arm length (33 1/2"), but struggled as a run blocker at Iowa and demonstrated limited strength at the Combine, managing 17 reps on the bench. Donnal's calling card is versatility, as he can play both tackle and guard. He could carve out a career as a "swing" reserve.
May 2 - 1:05 PM

Ravens selected Iowa DL Carl Davis with the No. 90 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davis (6'5/320) was a two-year starter, racking up 14.5 career tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He was voted second-team All-Big Ten as a junior and senior by the conference's coaches. Davis showed plus athleticism for his size at the Combine, running 5.07 with a 33-inch vertical. Davis' strength is his ability to play with power. He has long arms (34 5/8") and huge hands (11"), and can push the pocket even if he isn't a big-time sack threat. Davis' red flag is an inconsistent motor on tape.
May 1 - 11:01 PM

Redskins selected Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Scherff (6'5/319) made 36 starts for Iowa, earning the 2014 Outland Trophy as the nation's top offensive lineman. Although some draftniks have ticketed him for guard, NFL Films' Greg Cosell has likened Scherff's tape to Jake Long's coming out of college. A physical power blocker with enough movement skills to function in any scheme, Scherff is a consistent block finisher and the most technically sound O-Lineman in the 2015 class. Scherff has adequate arm length (33 3/8") and huge hands (11"), and impressed in pre-draft workouts with a 5.05 forty and 32 1/2-inch vertical. We suspect Scherff will play right tackle in Washington, bookending LT Trent Williams with LG Shawn Lauvao, C Kory Lichtensteiger, and RG Chris Chester on the interior.
Apr 30 - 8:42 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says of Iowa OL Brandon Scherff: "He is probably going to be your best left tackle ... your best guard ... your best right tackle."

"What is Scherff going to be? Who cares!" Gruden said. Here, here. The analyst's take on Scherff mirrors Rotoworld's. "Scherff has great awareness, he will compete, and if you are a nickel blitzer coming off the corner, if he sees you, it might be over," Gruden said. "We saw that in the Pitt game. He inflicts pain when he delivers a block. He uses his hands well, keeps his head out of it. Do I wish that he had longer arms? Yes. Do I wish he had the prototype measurables? Yes. But I still want Scherff on my team."
Apr 29 - 6:12 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "has the play strength and footwork that make him an immediate starter" and believe he's one of the draft's safest prospects.

"Scherff has been well-schooled as a technician, and has the play strength and footwork that make him an immediate starter who should make an early impact in his team's running game," Zierlein wrote. The Iowa prospect was a productive three-year starter for the Hawkeyes, who offers positional versatility for the team that drafts him in April. Scherff has a shot to be the first lineman drafted off the board.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 2:04 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "can be an outstanding player right away" and is a potential Pro Bowler as a rookie, according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"I don't think Scherff is the next Zack Martin, a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys last year who earned All-Pro honors as a rookie," Davis wrote. "He played tackle in college, but I think he's best suited to move inside to guard in the pros. He could be a top-10 pick who plugs in immediately and shows his ability to be a force on the interior." Scherff has undoubtedly been aided by Martin's quick acclimation to NFL guard. Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle, but we think he can be one anyway.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 10:39 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger called Iowa DT Carl Davis "a little lazy."

"They took him off the field on passing downs, that's not good," he said. Opinions from scouts on Davis ran the gamut. One said his "character is impeccable, just a real nice kid." Another suggested that Davis is "probably better as a 3-4 guy" in a run-stuffing nose guard role, while a fourth said Davis can "play almost anywhere on the line, that's good versatility."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 8:05 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner writes that Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "could possibly be a fantastic guard, it's just that if you plug him in at left tackle next season you'll be sorely disappointed."

"It's difficult to see the Outland Trophy winner ever being an effective pass protector on the edge," Renner wrote. "Scherff wasn't close to the top of our tackle rankings, even after facing a fairly weak slate of edge rushers in the Big Ten. The Iowa tackle's 96.2 pass-blocking efficiency was 62nd out of the 95 draft-eligible tackles." We disagree, as you know, that Scherff can't stick at left tackle. And while numbers are facts, it should be noted that Iowa's passing offense, with inconsistent quarterbacks who held onto the ball too long waiting for mediocre receivers to get open, did Scherff no favors. "People have fallen in love with Scherff's ability to plant a defender to the turf, but when asked to play in space on the edge, Scherff lacked the length and feet quickness to regularly engage defenders," Renner wrote. "His skill set translates much better to guard in the NFL, but even there he would be something of a question mark."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 4:24 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock explained his offensive line rankings, including why he ranks Iowa's Brandon Scherff as the top OL in the draft.

"After (Scherff), there are an awful lot of question marks," Mayock said, "That doesn't mean there's not a lot of talent, because there is. But I could take, for instance, Ereck Flowers, D.J. Humphries, Andrus Peat, and T.J. Clemmings -- all are gifted first-round tackles -- but I could poke a hole in every one of those kids, either from a technique perspective, or an off-the-field perspective, or whatever." Of course, many argue that Scherff is a question mark because of a perceived inability to hang at LT in the pros. The NFL doesn't know what to do with this OL class because there aren't many prospects in it that fit comfortably into the league's preferred boxes.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 1:56 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is "the toughest offensive lineman in the 2015 class, as well as the nastiest," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

We're inclined to agree. "Scherff is a tone-setter who gets under the skin of opposing defenders," McShay wrote. "He plays through the whistle and finishes every block, and while his lack of ideal length puts into some question his ability to hold up in pass protection as an NFL left tackle -- personally, I wouldn't bet against him -- his floor is as an outstanding guard because of his quickness and power as a run-blocker and overall approach to the game." Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle. We still think he can be one.
Apr 25 - 11:13 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Iowa OL Brandon Scherff to perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson.

"He's better than anyone that's come out of there (Iowa), and they've had a bunch of good guys," a scout said. "I know everyone wants to make a guard out of him, but I'd have him disprove he can't play tackle. He didn't even play healthy this year. Had his knee scoped (torn cartilage) and the guy missed one practice. You watch the year before. I like (Bryan) Bulaga but I think this guy is better. I didn't think Bulaga could play left tackle but I think this guy can." A second scout added: "Alert, aggressive, finishes, athletic. Anchor is just OK. He'll be really good in a zone scheme because he has a really good feel for angles. When you line up with him you know what you're going to get." A third scout was lower on Scherff, advising a team wanting a tackle to take Andrus Peat. We disagree that Scherff can't stick at LT.
Apr 25 - 9:24 PM


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