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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.
Dec 17 - 11:48 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.
Dec 16 - 2:33 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.
Dec 13 - 11:13 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz is considering switching quarterbacks leading into the TaxSlayer Bowl against Tennessee.

"We sit here at 7-5 right now," Ferentz said. "I can’t imagine there’s too much that we won’t evaluate or too much that’s not open for grabs. And it’s been that way all season. It will be that way certainly over the next month. Everybody has to earn their spot in their position, their playing time, and I don’t see that changing. But the thing that has changed now we’ve got three plus weeks and a lot more practices than you would have in a game week to make some evaluations." While 1490 KXLQ’s Marty Tirrell reports that Iowa will promote backup sophomore QB C.J. Beathard to starting duties against the Vols, Ferentz himself called incumbent Jake Rudock the "starting quarterback" in a question about recruiting on Tuesday. It seems that the coach would prefer to keep his final decision a secret until closer to kickoff.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 11 - 6:12 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.
Dec 2 - 4:01 PM

Iowa senior S John Lowdermilk returned an interception for a touchdown in Friday's loss to Nebraska.

Huskers QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. was hit while throwing, leaving the ball fluttering over the open field and into Lowdermilk's hands. He could have walked the 17 yards to the end zone. The safety now has three interceptions on the season. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says NFL scouts love Lowdermilk's 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."
Nov 30 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Iowa redshirt senior T Andrew Donnal is a "possible draft pick."

"Scherff receives all the pub (and all deserved), but Iowa RT Andrew Donnal is worth watching too. First-year starter, possible draft pick," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Donnal came to Iowa City as four-star offensive tackle. The Hawkeyes were looking forward to Donnal to make an impact at guard before he suffered a torn ACL in October of 2012. The Iowa prospect played in 13 games and saw time at guard and right tackle. With plenty of scouts flocking to Iowa City to get to know Scherff, Donnal has made his presence known.
Nov 28 - 2:08 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
Nov 22 - 10:09 AM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder will join fellow-DT Carl Davis in the annual competition. Davis is considered to be one of the best line prospects in the country. While he's an active, motor-athlete, Trinca-Pasat isn't considered to be in Davis' league as a prospect, though over the summer CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that he liked LTP's quickness and range in comparison to Davis.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 17 - 8:57 PM

Iowa senior RB Mark Weisman rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in Saturday's 30-14 win over Illinois.

Weisman led the Hawkeyes' rushing attack on its way to a season-high 304 yards on the ground. The 6-foot, 240-pound back wasn't able to find the end zone, but averaged 5.8 YPC (as compared to his season average of 4.0 YPC). Iowa built on a 9-7 halftime lead largely because Weisman and company gassed the defense with repeated rushes. The senior isn't an explosive rusher, but could find himself with a camp invite for a team looking for a Mike Alstott clone.
Nov 16 - 2:17 PM

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
Nov 12 - 8:46 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Davis has a good reputation among scouts, who are intrigued by the 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior. Recently, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that Davis was "tearing up draft boards." At times, Davis has a tendency to disappear against less-talented competition, though, such as against Pittsburgh earlier this year. Davis will have a chance at the Senior Bowl to show that he's ready to be the Top-45 pick that scouts are projecting him to be.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 4:14 PM

Iowa senior running back Mark Weisman rushed 14 times for 21 yards in Saturday's 51-14 loss to Minnesota.

After taking the Floyd Rosedale trophy for two years running in the rivalry, the Hawkeyes gave it back in a big way on Saturday. Minnesota bottled up Mark Weisman and held Iowa to a season-low 84 yards rushing. Things started up well, as the senior scored on a short run in the first. The entire running game died after that touchdown. Weisman's only averaging 3.7 YPC this season, and he probably won't be drafted, but he's a big-bodied runner at 6-foot, 240 pounds, and could conceivably hook on in training camp next summer as a short-yardage back.
Nov 9 - 6:56 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis was "tearing up draft boards."

Pauline himself was down on Davis as a draft prospect earlier this season, at least in terms of reputation vs reality. However, he wrote that, "I’m told scouts are not disappointed in Davis at all, in fact the defensive line prospect is soaring up draft boards." In the preseason, Davis was seen as an elite DT prospect by draft analysts like Mel Kiper and Dane Brugler. At this point, despite occasionally subpar production, the senior is being viewed by "various sources" as a potential Top-45 pick according to Pauline.
Nov 3 - 8:33 PM

Iowa senior running back Mark Weisman rushed 20 times for 94 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 48-7 win over Northwestern.

Weisman would have had even more carries to pad those yardage stats, a season-high anyway, against the Wildcats' porous run defense were it not for the fact that this game got out of hand early (Iowa led 24-0 less than 12 minutes in). He's already scored 13 touchdowns this year. Weisman isn't likely to be drafted, but he'll get a long look in a training camp next summer as a short-yardage back in the poor-man's-Mike Alsott mode.
Nov 2 - 1:40 PM


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