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Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis "was already considered a top-75 draft pick entering the [Senior Bowl], but after this week, he might have cemented himself as a top-50 prospect," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Some are more optimistic. NFL Media's Mike Mayock, for instance, believes Davis may have pushed into the first round with his performance. "After playing mostly a one-technique role for the Hawkeyes, Davis didn't have too many splash plays on his college game film," Brugler wrote. "But when put in one-on-one opportunities in Mobile, he was near unblockable, using his initial quickness, brute power and natural leverage to shine during drills." 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: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 8:22 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis may have pushed into the first round with his performance at the Senior Bowl.

"On tape at Iowa, he flashed, here he did way more than that. He played every snap, he showed athleticism, an ability to push the pocket and get to the quarterback," Mayock said Saturday. "He may have elevated himself right into the first round and that's what this game is all about." A panel of NFL scouts named Davis as the Senior Bowl's most outstanding practice player. Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa. His game is gap control, run prevention and sheer physicality. Davis recently said he models his game after Lions' DT Ndamukong Suh.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 1:06 AM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis will "need to play with more consistent effort to succeed in the pros, but the tools are all there -- and that was on display again [at the Senior Bowl]," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He flashed this week, as we expected he would, for his excellent athletic ability for a player his size (6-5, 321 pounds)," McShay wrote. "He has the potential to be a very good NFL player, but the issue for him at Iowa was that his motor ran hot and cold." Davis had been viewed as a Round 2 pick by most heading into the Senior Bowl, but some now think he's a first-round prospect.
Jan 26 - 9:55 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis "was a mid 2nd-round pick beforehand who just got rewarded on draft day for his Senior Bowl."

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis also recently wrote that Davis "gave his stock a nice boost" at the Senior Bowl, and ESPN's Todd McShay believes the same. Does that mean Davis is now in the Round 1 discussion? The 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior is no longer "overlooked," as an AFC personnel director told NFL.com recently.
Jan 26 - 6:59 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis "gave his stock a nice boost" this week, wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"We saw more from Davis than we might have expected this week in terms of being an upfield penetrator," Davis wrote. "It might have been the defensive scheme at Iowa that kept him as more of a two-gapper, but I saw him being very disruptive in the offensive backfield this week." The 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior is a potential early Day 2 pick. CBS Sport's Rob Rang noted Davis "[drove] blockers off the ball and even [slipped] by them with quickness" at practices, and colleague Dane Brugler called Davis a "difference-maker." An AFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that Davis continues to be "overlooked."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 9:22 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt ranks Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the No. 5 overall prospect.

"Love his aggressiveness and strength at the point of attack," Klatt wrote. "For a big man, he moves easily and his athleticism should help in his development in pass protection. Struggle against a solid speed rush at times at Iowa, but that should be minimized as his technique improves." The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff won the Outland Trophy, given to college football's top interior lineman. Some, including NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock and ESPN's Todd McShay, believe Scherff will be a stud NFL guard, but we think he can stay at left tackle long-term.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 6:03 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis "was a difference-maker" at Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice.

"Some late night film study on a few of these DT prospects. Iowa's Carl Davis was a difference-maker at practice today. Tape shows flashes," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis wants to prove at the Senior Bowl that he's the Top-45 pick scouts are projecting him to be. CBS Sport's Rob Rang also noted that Davis was the "North's most consistent disruptive force" at yesterday's practice, "driving blockers off the ball and even slipping by them with quickness."
Jan 22 - 2:25 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis "was the North's most consistent disruptive force [at Senior Bowl practices on Wednesday], driving blockers off the ball and even slipping by them with quickness," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"[Davis] has flashed dominating ability with the Hawkeyes," Rang wrote. "He has been prone to bouts of inconsistency, however, leading to questions about his toughness and dedication." The 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior wants to prove at the Senior Bowl that he's the Top-45 pick scouts are projecting him to be. An AFC personnel director told NFL.com recently that Davis continues to be "overlooked."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 21 - 6:22 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis continues to be "overlooked," according to an AFC personnel director.

"He's overlooked because of all the Big Ten pass rushers, but he is a force inside as a defensive tackle," the personnel director said. Davis posted two sacks and nine tackles for loss this season. "As the personnel director points out, Davis isn't a big name, but it won't be a surprise if he goes early on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) of the draft," noted NFL.com's draft team of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior has a chance at the Senior Bowl to show that he's the Top-45 pick that scouts are projecting him to be.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 5:12 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff's tendency to play from snap to whistle.

Jeremiah specifically points to how Scherff finishes in the running game, but the tackle has "some flaws in pass pro." We will keep pointing to functional strength when evaluating offensive linemen, because without it nothing really matters. Scherff will look poor on a couple of snaps per game, whether it is due to overextending or getting off balance in his pass set. But he is athletic, strong and aggressive, and the complete package is very good.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:29:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Iowa OT Brandon Scherff, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory and Missouri DE Shane Ray could be options for the Bucs if they trade out of the No. 1 pick.

The analyst postulates that Tampa Bay could trade down with the Jets, who pick No. 6 and have a desperate need for a franchise quarterback. "Tampa's top two needs after QB are at offensive tackle and pass-rusher," McShay wrote. "Iowa's Brandon Scherff is our top-rated OT prospect right now and would be a good option with the sixth overall pick, and either of the top two pass-rushers in this class -- Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Missouri's Shane Ray -- would be a good choice at that spot as well." The analyst notes that USC DL Leonard Williams has No. 1 talent, but doesn't see him as a fit in Tampa due to the presence of Gerald McCoy.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 07:35:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:48:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:33:00 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.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:13:00 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
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 06:12:00 PM


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