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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

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff dropped from the No. 8 overall player in Joel Klatt's rankings to No. 17.

Scherff "will have to have great individual workouts to remain in the first round," according to Klatt. The reason? Apparently it is due to questions if Scherff can play tackle in the NFL, and Klatt said Scherff's stock "has dropped fast." Even if a team selects Scherff to play guard, we would put the odds at 90 percent he stays in the first round. In many cases, interior linemen are just as important as edge protectors.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 11:31 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Iowa OT Brandon Scherff's arm length of 33 3/8 inches is "a red flag."

The 6-foot-4 1/2, 319-pounder was clocked at 5.07 seconds in the 40 -- best amongst the elite OT prospects -- with a 10-yard split of 1.78 seconds. Scherff, who has a wingspan of 80 1/4 inches, didn't complete the jumps or shuttle runs due to a minor injury. "He's a very effective, tough player who reminds me of Zack Martin in that he has a chance to stick at right tackle but is more likely to be a (very good) guard at the next level," McShay wrote. The analyst believes the Giants, Rams, Vikings and 49ers will all be interested in the Iowa product's services.
Feb 24 - 2:16 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock called Iowa DT Carl Davis "a first-round talent."

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 was clocked with an encouraging 5.07 seconds in the forty, with a 1.73 10-yard split. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah called him "an enigma" because Davis' production in college didn't match up his gifts.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 12:59 AM

An NFL scout said Iowa OT Brandon Scherff is better than Bryan Bulaga.

"I didn't think Bulaga could play left tackle, but I think this guy can," the scout said. "Everybody thinks he's the best guard, but I'd keep him at tackle and have him disprove he can't play there. He got hurt early last year and never missed a practice or a game." Scherff has huge hands (11 inches), but short arms (33 3/8 inches). "Real tough guy and can really run," another scout said. "Good technician. Little stiff. Kind of straight-line. Not real good change of direction. But when he gets you he mauls you. This guy is a lot stronger than Bulaga. He's tight and can't use his length. I think guard will be his best position."
Feb 22 - 9:48 PM

The Buccaneers "will target linebackers and offensive linemen throughout the seven rounds," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

You already know Tampa Bay will select a quarterback with the first pick of the draft -- very likely Jameis Winston -- but they will apparently attempt to beef up shoddy OL and LB units with the remainder of their picks. Many under-the-radar prospects could interest them, including Iowa T Andrew Donnal, who NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said is a fourth- or fifth-rounder who could be a "starting right tackle" in the NFL. Mayock's colleague Lance Zierlein believes Donnal is a possible late-round gem, saying on a recent Josh Norris podcast that Donnal has starting traits and will be available on Day 3.
Feb 22 - 3:42 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Iowa T Andrew Donnal was overshadowed by Brandon Scherff in college, but could a starter in the pros.

The analyst grades Donnal as a fourth- or fifth-rounder who could be a "starting right tackle" in the NFL. Donnal is slowly emerging from the shadows as we move further along in the process. Mayock's colleague Lance Zierlein believes Donnal is a possible late-round gem, saying on a recent Josh Norris podcast that Donnal has starting traits and will be available on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:20 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock thinks Iowa OT Brandon Scherff will be the draft's highest-selected offensive lineman.

"I fully expect Brandon Scherff to be the first offensive lineman off the board," Mayock said Friday on the NFL Network's coverage of the combine. The analyst believes Scherff is an NFL guard, at least initially. "I think he kicks inside and Day 1 becomes a starter," Mayock said. Scherff suffered a minor right hamstring injury during Friday's first position drill and exited for the day. The big tackle measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 319 pounds with a wingspan of 80 1/4 inches, and was clocked at 5.07 seconds in the 40 with a 10-yard split of 1.78 seconds. "He checked off all the boxes he needed to check off," Mayock said.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:59 AM

Iowa OT Brandon Scherff "is probably a better athlete than the last two tackles to come out of Iowa -- Bryan Bulaga and Riley Reiff -- but he has to prove he can be a successful left tackle in the NFL if he has any shot of being a top-10 pick," according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

"He didn't play as well at Iowa last season as he did in 2013; in particular, I'm thinking of his performance in a 38-31 loss to Maryland last October, in which defensive end Andre Monroe gave him fits," Brandt wrote. "We should get a handle on Scherff's potential at left tackle in the short shuttle and three-cone drill." The Hawkeyes prospect is the reigning Outland Trophy winner, given to college football's top interior lineman. We think the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff can excel at the left tackle position in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 2:21 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis made his debut at No. 44 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"Davis has outstanding height, bulk and length for the position," Jeremiah wrote. "He doesn't have a ton of production, but he flashes on tape. Against the run, he's quick off the ball, but he needs to improve his hand placement. He turns his shoulder into blockers or gives up his chest too often. He flashes the ability to latch, torque and dump blockers, but he needs to do it more often. As a pass rusher, he can generate pocket push when he keeps his pads low. He also has a quick inside counter move that has generated pressure. When he gets tired, his pad level rises and he's not very effective. His skill set is intriguing, but he needs to become more consistent." Josh Norris compares Davis to Devon Still. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa, but teams won't be tabbing him as a pass rusher. The Hawkeye is a disruptive gap clogger who must be accounted for.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 5:46 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said he sees in Iowa OT Brandon Scherff a "similar example to (Cowboys G Zack Martin)."

Martin, of course, was a college tackle who moved inside, which many project Scherff to do as well. "I see a bigger kid with longer arms," Mayock said. "That lends you to believe that he could play outside more easily. Again, I believe he can play outside. However, I think his best position, because of his power, his toughness, his football sense, is inside. I think he's an All-Pro guard. But that doesn't mean he can't play tackle in the NFL." Rotoworld believes the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff can excel at the left tackle position in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 10:50 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that there will be questions surrounding Iowa DT Carl Davis' "pedestrian production" at the combine.

"While I gushed over the performance of Carl Davis during the Senior Bowl, and justifiably so, sources tell me the defensive lineman will be asked hard questions at the combine surrounding his pedestrian production and the belief he occasionally took plays off," Pauline wrote. There were high expectations for Davis coming into the 2014 season, and at times he did not dominate against lesser competition during the year. Pauline believes the "answers scouts receive could determine whether or not Davis lands in the first round. "
Feb 17 - 3:10 PM

In CBS Sports' Rob Rang's latest mock draft, he believes Iowa OT Brandon Scherff will land with the Washington Redskins at the No.5 spot.

"Jay Gruden's success as play caller in Cincinnati came with one of the league's biggest offensive lines. He inherited one of the smallest in Washington and there is no question that upgrading the talent there will be an offseason priority," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff has been seen as a guard at the next level by some evaluators, but Rotoworld believes he can excel at the left tackle position. Rang notes that Scherff "plays with the grit and physicality Washington is lacking and would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 17 - 2:56 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah offered a glimpse into his evaluation of Iowa DT Carl Davis.

Davis "flashes ability to stack/shed, but he gives up his chest and gets controlled a lot," Jeremiah tweeted. Davis produced a nice week of practice at the Senior Bowl, but his tape was far less memorable at times. Still, he certainly played better in 2014 versus 2013. Josh Norris has compared Davis to Devon Still.
Feb 13 - 11:17 AM

Iowa DT Carl Davis was mocked to the Cowboys at No. 27 in Mel Kiper's mock draft.

The analyst also considered Jordan Phillips for the slot. "I'm not sure there was a player who did more to gain appeal as a potential first-round pick at the Senior Bowl," Kiper wrote. "Davis brings a coveted ability to be disruptive as a pass-rusher from the inside, as he won't just push the pocket with strength, but also can win with quickness and get into the backfield. The Cowboys have done a great job in building their offensive line and have made it possible to be one of the few truly balanced offenses, but any setback on offense could expose a defense that was better on paper than it was in terms of personnel in 2014. They could add talent at all three levels, but Davis would make a lot of sense if the board breaks this way." Analysts have been raving about Davis' Senior Bowl for the past few weeks. NFL Media's Mike Mayock said Davis "may have elevated himself right into the first round" at the event.
Feb 11 - 10:36 PM


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