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Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner writes that Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "could possibly be a fantastic guard, it's just that if you plug him in at left tackle next season you'll be sorely disappointed."

"It's difficult to see the Outland Trophy winner ever being an effective pass protector on the edge," Renner wrote. "Scherff wasn't close to the top of our tackle rankings, even after facing a fairly weak slate of edge rushers in the Big Ten. The Iowa tackle's 96.2 pass-blocking efficiency was 62nd out of the 95 draft-eligible tackles." We disagree, as you know, that Scherff can't stick at left tackle. And while numbers are facts, it should be noted that Iowa's passing offense, with inconsistent quarterbacks who held onto the ball too long waiting for mediocre receivers to get open, did Scherff no favors. "People have fallen in love with Scherff's ability to plant a defender to the turf, but when asked to play in space on the edge, Scherff lacked the length and feet quickness to regularly engage defenders," Renner wrote. "His skill set translates much better to guard in the NFL, but even there he would be something of a question mark."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 4:24 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock explained his offensive line rankings, including why he ranks Iowa's Brandon Scherff as the top OL in the draft.

"After (Scherff), there are an awful lot of question marks," Mayock said, "That doesn't mean there's not a lot of talent, because there is. But I could take, for instance, Ereck Flowers, D.J. Humphries, Andrus Peat, and T.J. Clemmings -- all are gifted first-round tackles -- but I could poke a hole in every one of those kids, either from a technique perspective, or an off-the-field perspective, or whatever." Of course, many argue that Scherff is a question mark because of a perceived inability to hang at LT in the pros. The NFL doesn't know what to do with this OL class because there aren't many prospects in it that fit comfortably into the league's preferred boxes.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 1:56 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is "the toughest offensive lineman in the 2015 class, as well as the nastiest," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

We're inclined to agree. "Scherff is a tone-setter who gets under the skin of opposing defenders," McShay wrote. "He plays through the whistle and finishes every block, and while his lack of ideal length puts into some question his ability to hold up in pass protection as an NFL left tackle -- personally, I wouldn't bet against him -- his floor is as an outstanding guard because of his quickness and power as a run-blocker and overall approach to the game." Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle. We still think he can be one.
Apr 25 - 11:13 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Iowa OL Brandon Scherff to perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson.

"He's better than anyone that's come out of there (Iowa), and they've had a bunch of good guys," a scout said. "I know everyone wants to make a guard out of him, but I'd have him disprove he can't play tackle. He didn't even play healthy this year. Had his knee scoped (torn cartilage) and the guy missed one practice. You watch the year before. I like (Bryan) Bulaga but I think this guy is better. I didn't think Bulaga could play left tackle but I think this guy can." A second scout added: "Alert, aggressive, finishes, athletic. Anchor is just OK. He'll be really good in a zone scheme because he has a really good feel for angles. When you line up with him you know what you're going to get." A third scout was lower on Scherff, advising a team wanting a tackle to take Andrus Peat. We disagree that Scherff can't stick at LT.
Apr 25 - 9:24 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is drawing "heavy interest" from teams in the pick five through nine range.

We have been linking Scherff to the Redskins for some time. Teams typically do not value interior offensive linemen in the top ten, but Zack Martin's immediate impact and success likely changes that. And we would not rule out some teams evaluating Scherff as a tackle.
Apr 24 - 9:53 AM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "would help provide the athleticism, toughness and technique that St. Louis has been missing along the offensive for years," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If the Rams plan to protect their newly acquired QB, Nick Foles, they could team Scherff with last year's No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson to solidify the left side of their offense line for years to come. The Iowa prospect has the ability to play tackle or guard, and should be a plug-and-play prospect from day one.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 3:43 PM

Iowa DT Carl Davis visited the Lions on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Everyone is mocking a defensive tackle to the Lions within the first three rounds. The team traded for Haloti Ngata, but he is only on a one year deal. Jason Jones can slide inside on sub-package downs and the team might be high on a young player like Caraun Reid. Still, Davis would work very well in the Lions' rotation. He has tremendous flashes.
Apr 22 - 9:07 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay "won't rule out the possibility of" Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "developing into an NFL left tackle."

"But his shorter arms and the fact that he's not an elite athlete do raise questions as to whether he could hold up against speed rushers and complete pass-rushers in the NFL," McShay wrote. "But if I'm a team that has the flexibility to play him at either guard or tackle, I'd take him over any other offensive lineman in this class. I love his toughness, power as a run-blocker, and ability to finish blocks." Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle. Even so, we've steadfastly maintained that Scherff can be an NFL left tackle.
Apr 22 - 12:23 AM

An NFL analytics director said Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is overvalued by Mel Kiper because of his injury history.

Kiper ranks Scherff No. 7 overall. Scherff was ultra-durable over the past two seasons, but he did miss games in 2011 and 2012 and then suffered a hamstring injury at the combine. "The thinking was that college players (and especially offensive linemen) who were hurt in college tended to have injury issues in the NFL as well," wrote Mike Sando.
Apr 21 - 11:06 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that the question about Iowa DT Carl Davis is "whether he'll play with a consistent motor in the NFL."

"He has the size of a nose tackle but the quickness and athleticism to succeed as a 3-technique, and possibly as a 4-3 nose or a 5-technique D-end in a 3-4 defense," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa and finished with only 34 tackles and two sacks in 2014. He's a lane-clogging force when the motor is turned on, however, occupying blockers with ease.
Apr 17 - 9:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Seattle might be more "willing to roll" the dice on Iowa DT Carl Davis at the No.63 pick.

"He is a naturally massive man (34 5/8" arms and 11" hands) whose ability to hold up to double-teams would make him an intriguing addition at nose guard, defensive tackle and even as a five-technique defensive end. Seattle might be more willing to roll the dice with a player like Davis because, frankly, the rest of the Seahawks' defensive linemen are talented enough to push him aside for playing time if he doesn't play hard," Rang wrote. The Iowa prospect had a great showing at the Senior Bowl and took home the "Most Outstanding Practice Player of the Week," and was one of the most dominant defensive tackles. The prospect does get knocked for his inconsistency and his motor, as Rang notes that his gas pedal doesn't "always seem pushed to the floor." The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Davis had only 3.5 career sacks at Iowa and finished with only 34 tackles and two sacks in 2014.
Apr 10 - 2:33 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "is a scheme fit with his athleticism in what new coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to run," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

"Protecting Matt Ryan remains the most pivotal thing the Falcons have to do and this kid is a scheme fit with his athleticism in what new coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to run. The increased power of Scott Pioli in the decision-making process I would think leads to more of an emphasis being placed on drafting linemen, and while the Falcons long for pass rushers and run stoppers, I see a mini-run on offensive linemen in what isn't a great draft for them starting here," La Canfora wrote. The Iowa prospect could excel in Shanahan's newly installed zone-blocking scheme, due to the fact that he's already familiar with it from Iowa's offense. Scherff is well-versed on various blocking schemes, including zone concepts already.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 2:30 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is the No. 1 interior lineman in the class, according to the National Football Post's Greg Gabriel.

Want to guess who the analyst compared him to? If you guessed Zack Martin, please accept your prize on the way out of this blurb. Gabriel does think Scherff could play tackle, but sees him as a better fit as a stud guard. As you know, we believe Scherff can stick at left tackle long term. "As a player, he is a smart technician with good hand use," Gabriel wrote. "Like most Iowa linemen, he has been well coached. He plays with bend and knows how to get and keep good position. He is a consistent run and pass blocker and has the strength and power to get movement. He is a consistent pass blocker who gets and keeps good position and can anchor."
Apr 6 - 7:01 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff was compared to David DeCastro and Zack Martin by ESPN's Steve Muench.

The Martin comparison was so ubiquitous it was a cliche in January, but that doesn't mean it isn't befitting. Interestingly, John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group, making comparisons based on numbers, also compared Scherff to DeCastro (and also Kevin Zeitler). "The biggest concern with Scherff is whether or not he'll have to move inside to guard to succeed at the NFL, so it's interesting that this model kicked out two guards for comparison," Muench wrote. "Of the two, I like the DeCastro comparison. Toughness, power and intelligence are the first three words that come to mind when I think of both these players. The other player that jumps to mind is Dallas 2014 first-round pick Martin, who played well after moving from tackle to guard as a rookie." The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff resembles Zeitler and DeCastro physically.
Apr 4 - 5:06 PM

CBS Sports' Frank Cooney advises NFL teams to draft Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "and then figure out where he can best help."

In other words, don't worry about projecting his long-term position just yet. "Physically, mentally and emotionally Scherff is exactly what a coach wants in an offensive lineman," Cooney wrote. "Scherff is unanimously acknowledged as the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft, and a coach's dream, but there is no consensus on what position he should play. He could use his broad shoulders and toughness at guard, where he played as a freshman, or show his excellent technique at tackle, where he lined up on the left side the rest of his college career and was named consensus All-America and winner of the Outland Trophy last season as the best college lineman." When asked about shifting to guard in the NFL, Scherff responded: "I don't think there would be a challenge. I like run blocking. It would be a little closer. You're getting a little help from the center also. I think it would be a smooth move for me."
Source: CBS Sports
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