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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

Iowa redshirt senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley must improve his consistency, but he offers the NFL the versatility of a receiver who is a proven special teams contributor, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Martin-Manley had only 388 receiving yards last season, but much of that can be blamed on a toothless Hawkeyes' aerial attack. With the expected evolution of QB Jake Ruddock's game, Martin-Manley's production is accordingly expected to increase in 2014. "He tends to struggle with consistency and needs to improve his routes and reliability finishing catches, but also adds value as a return man with a pair of punt returns for scores last year," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 2:29 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that NFL scouts love Iowa senior S John Lowdermilk bloodlines and versatility.

Kirk Lowdermilk's son ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles as a first-year starter in 2013 after spending a few years as a special teams ace. "Lowdermilk is physical and delivers a pop coming downhill while also showing the versatility to line up in man coverage and cover slot receivers," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't have the speed or transitional technique to be routinely left on an island, but plays smart, assignment sound football wherever he lines up on the field. Scouts love bloodlines and Lowdermilk has those too as his dad played 12 seasons in the NFL (1984-96) at center and at one point was the highest paid offensive lineman ever, playing a total of 178 games over his career."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 1:55 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis is "one of the top senior prospects at his position," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Davis is a one-technique workmanlike tackle. He posted only 42 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season, but was lauded for his ability to occupy blockers, opening up space for his teammates to roam. "Davis plays with excellent base strength and isn't an easy player to move, handling double-teams well and not allowing himself to be swallowed up by blockers," Brugler wrote. "He has a strong upper body to stack-and-shed with power to control blocks and force the issue, showing accurate hand placement to latch-and-toss. Davis is more of a short-area defender with only average body control and redirection technique and while he shows good knee bend and flexibility, he often struggles with leverage issues. Based on 2013 game tape, Davis appeared to improve his anticipation and awareness with each game and should get even better with more reps in 2014, one of the main reasons he is one of the top senior prospects at his position."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 1:35 PM

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

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes that Iowa is in "good shape" to replace C.J. Fiedorowicz with junior TE Jake Duzey.

"Iowa is in good shape to replace Fiedorowicz with TE Jake Duzey. Good feel for routes, clean hands and quick transition," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 245 pound TE saw action in all 13 games, and added seven starts as the second tight end for the Hawkeyes. Duzey flashed some talent taking a wheel route 85 yards for the score against Ohio State last season. The Hawkeyes prospect ended up with 6 catches for 138 yards on the day, but finished the season with 19 catches for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jul 22 - 10:47 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl notes that Iowa redshirt junior QB Jake Rudock "doesn't have an exceptional skill set, but he's a steady conductor."

Rudock "benefits from heavy misdirection/ play action," Weidl tweeted. In his first year as the starter, the 6-foot-3, 208 pound Rudock threw for close to 2,400 yards with 18 touchdowns, while completing 59 percent of his passes. The Iowa prospect should benefit from having a talented offensive line in front of him in 2014.
Jul 22 - 8:31 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 redshirt junior QB Jake Rudock posted seven games with an Adjusted Total QBR of 64 or higher in 2013, trailing only Ohio State's Braxton Miller (10 games) and Michigan State's Connor Cook (eight) in the Big 10.

Rudock was graded in the 64th percentile or higher in more than half his starts according to the Adjusted Total QBR metric, which adjusts QBR to account for the strength of opponent. "If Rudock can build on this showing, Iowa will have one of the most productive passers in the conference," notes KC Joyner of ESPN.com. Ruddock should have fun throwing to 6-foot-4, 205-pound former state champion sprinter Derrick Willies, but not all signs are positive. The signal-caller posted a 44.7 Adjusted Total QBR from November through the end of the season, ranking 65th amongst NCAA QBs. "If any five-game stretch of the 2014 season turns out to be of this caliber for Rudock, Iowa's conference and national title hopes will be dramatically diminished," wrote Joyner.
Jun 28 - 3:14 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


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