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Iowa OL Brandon Scherff recorded a 7.07 three-cone time at the school's pro day.

Scherff also produced a 4.41 20 yard short shuttle. He ran neither at the Combine. The 7.07 would have been good for second best at the Combine since 2006. Just for fun, Scherff's 3-cone time was faster than WR Jamison Crowder, Dezmin Lewis and just .01 slower than Chris Conley's. We think a team will see Scherff as this year's Zack Martin and select him to play guard, even though he could absolutely hold up at tackle. Teams like to mimic recent successes of other clubs.
Mar 24 - 12:16 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff doesn't care what position he plays in the NFL.

He worked out at both guard and tackle at the school's pro day on Monday in Iowa City. "[Teams] just asked me which one I preferred, I just said, 'Wherever you play me, I'll play that,'" Scherff said. This is really the only stance to take, and it shows well on the prospect for accepting it so willingly. It's not as though he won't be effected one way or another -- picture for a moment, if you will, the salary difference between a Pro Bowl left tackle and a Pro Bowl guard. Scherff will attend next month's draft in Chicago. Scherff "is the best OL prospect I have seen in 2015 and it may not be real close," Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News recently wrote.
Mar 24 - 1:30 AM

Iowa DT Carl Davis said at the school's pro day that he will visit the Bills in April.

The Bills, who don't have a first-round pick, won't be on the clock until No. 50 overall. Davis is expected to go somewhere in the 20 picks above that, so Buffalo would likely need to make a play up the board if it decides to target the brawling Hawkeye enforcer. It wouldn't seem that they'd be motivated to do so, already down the first-rounder and employing Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. In addition, Rex Ryan is expected to implement some 3-4 looks, perhaps negating the need to make another significant investment in an interior lineman. Davis (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) told the media he would attend draft if asked, but he hasn’t been invited yet. Teammate Brandon Scherff has already RSVP'd for the event in Chicago, a two-plus hour drive from Iowa City. Big ugly road trip!
Mar 23 - 11:51 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff posted a 32-inch vertical jump at the school's pro day and took part in drills at both guard and tackle.

As we've repeatedly stated, we think the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff can excel at left tackle in the NFL. We also think he could be a Pro Bowl guard. That evaluation is up to teams, but don't catch yourself pigeonholing Scherff as a guard prospect only. We haven't seen any eye witness reports on Scherff's pro day workout, but seeing as though he's an offensive lineman, no news is probably good news. Scherff told the media he expects to attend next month's draft in Chicago. He won't have to wait long to awkwardly shake Roger Goodell's hand.
Mar 23 - 11:14 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "is the best OL prospect I have seen in 2015 and it may not be real close," wrote Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News.

As Sturm notes before an extensive breakdown, he's "never been a scout or a NFL General Manager, but I am willing to watch a ton of football." With that as a preface, the scribe wrote of Scherff: "I can’t swear he is a left tackle, but he is going to be a 'butt-kicker' at some position for the next 10 years, I am sure of that." Sturm also discussed an important slice of the evaluation process that is often forgotten as fans dream about athletic tools of superhuman prospects. "I really think that when you look at 1st round picks, we must consider the floor and the ceiling," Sturm wrote. "I think his floor is higher than just about any prospect in this draft, and while the ceiling may not be as high, if you are looking for 'bust proof' and getting a real solid starter as the absolute worse-case scenario, I think I would rubber stamp an investment in this player. He is very solid and could play any of 4 OL positions."
Mar 22 - 10:41 PM

Iowa DT Louis Trinca-Pasat "could certainly be worth a late-round pick" and might draw a look from the Bears as a developmental tackle, according to CSN Chicago.

The Bears, housed a few hours away from Iowa City, probably know as much about the prospect as anyone else. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder teamed up with DT Carl Davis to give opposing interior offensive lines fits over the past few seasons. Trinca-Passat is likely ticketed for the Rds. 6-7 range. "His play traits are worthy of draft consideration, but his lack of size will be something that will have to be countered with scheme. He works inside the construct of a defensive scheme exceptionally well and defensive coaches will love his hustle," wrote Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 22 - 5:34 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis has a visit scheduled with the Panthers on March 25.

The defensive tackle's pro day is set for March 23. Carl Davis put together a number of flashes during his final season at Iowa, and looked similar to the Penn State version of Devon Still. He carried that performance to the Senior Bowl and had a very good week. His best option is to go to a team that incorporates a rotation up front, and the Panthers absolutely value that.
Mar 22 - 10:29 AM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is a "road-grader with pancake-man potential, but has holes in his pass protection that will be exposed on the next level -- especially at tackle," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst compares Scherff to former teammate Riley Reiff. "Like former Hawkeye Riley Reiff, Scherff has measurables and traits to play tackle in the league but might be better suited to play guard. More powerful than explosive, Scherff is not a scheme-specific talent and can maul or move in run game," Zierlein wrote. The analyst ranks Scherff as the No. 1 OL in the class, calling him a "weight-room star who can lift a house," who is exceptional in run blocking and is an efficient mover. There are weaknesses, however. "Will default to sumo-style power push rather than leg churning at times," Zierlein wrote. "Not a grab-and-control pass protector. Opens the gate earlier than you would like against edge rushers offering two-way goes. Tightly wound lower body with average bend."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:11 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis' "stock has been on the rise after showing well in the predraft process both at the senior bowl and combine," notes Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

The analyst feels that Davis would be a nice fit for the Patriots at the end of Round 1, assuming Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman hasn't unexpectedly dropped. "[Davis] flashes heavy hands with above-average quickness and power for a 320-pound nose tackle," Weidl wrote. "However, his tape is up and down at times, and he needs to learn to play with more consistent pad level." The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa and finished with only 34 tackles and two sacks last year. That said, his game is mucking up the inside.
Mar 20 - 5:22 PM

NFL Media ranks Iowa OL Brandon Scherff as the draft's safest offensive lineman.

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock projects Scherff as a starting guard as a rookie. We think the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff can excel at the left tackle position in the NFL. "Regardless of which position he plays, he is as ready to make a rookie impact as any offensive lineman in the draft," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Scherff's work ethic and athleticism are near-legendary at Iowa." The Hawkeyes prospect is the reigning Outland Trophy winner, given to college football's top interior lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 7:44 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis "is the most intriguing prospect ... in the draft overall," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He's a tough matchup for any interior offensive lineman when he's firing off the ball and playing with purpose," Muench wrote. "The problem is he doesn't always play with the same kind of fire, raising concerns about his ability to realize his considerable upside." The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa and finished with only 34 tackles and two sacks last year. "Davis flashes the ability to shoot his hands inside and control blockers, plus he has the length to press blockers off his frame, but he's inconsistent in this area and he has a high center of gravity," Muench wrote. "As a result, he's not a great fit at nose tackle for a 3-4 scheme that asks its nose tackle to two-gap on early downs, like the one Baltimore ran when Teryl Austin coached there. He's a better fit at defensive end in that kind of scheme, but he's certainly got the natural ability to push for a starting role on the inside in a base four-man front."
Mar 15 - 8:09 PM

Iowa QB Jake Rudock will transfer for his graduate year.

Bruce Feldman reports Rudock will visit Michigan next week. He would be eligible to play immediately. Rudock started 25 games in the past two seasons, with mixed results. C.J. Beathard should be Iowa's starter in 2015.
Mar 14 - 11:35 AM

Iowa DT Carl Davis "consumed blockers while others made tackles [in college], but in the NFL he can be productive on his own if he focuses beyond the initial wrestling match," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"I took pride in making sure the linebackers were clean, taking up double-teams ... I take up the blocks, they make the tackles," Davis said. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa and finished with only 34 tackles and two sacks last year. "Davis has huge, strong hands that he uses well to control blockers, but must remember to stop wrestling, disengage and go after whoever has the ball," Cooney wrote. "Davis has the type of deep-rooted, natural ballast that makes him almost impossible to move. Some scouts feel he could be more effective if he had a nastier attitude, but that may be a hard sell to those blockers he pounded into the ground."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 6:04 PM

NFL.com's College Football 24/7 believes the Lions "could look to move down if it wants [Iowa DT Carl Davis] or hope he slides to them in the second round."

"Davis won't last long in the draft with his profile as a dominating presence with the strength and length to excel at the next level," wrote Chase Goodbread. "Consistent effort has been the primary question NFL scouts have about Davis." The Lions pick at No. 23, perhaps six or seven slots above the most generous Davis projections we've seen. If the Lions target the Hawkeye prospect, however, trading into Round 2 and hoping he'll be there would be a big dice roll. At the combine, Davis measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 320 pounds and had the largest wingspan, 84 3/4 inches, of any defensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 9:23 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis will "get drafted pretty high, but he scares the hell out of me," an NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He plays like he is, a nice guy," said the scout. "Never finishes things. He has talent but wasn't very consistent. His character is impeccable." Davis measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 320 pounds and had the largest wingspan, 84 3/4 inches, of any defensive lineman at the combine. He also has lunch boxes for hands (11 inches). Davis was clocked with an encouraging 5.07 seconds in the forty, with a 1.73 10-yard split. "He has some ability, but he's lazy," another scout said. "He was off the field (late in the season) on passing downs and didn't seem real upset about it. Nice kid."
Mar 1 - 8:21 PM


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