2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Scherff, OT

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Denison, IA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 319 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
811

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New York Giants | #9
    The Giants could be intrigued by some of the edge rushers still on the board, but if Scherff - the draft's best offensive lineman - is available, he would make too much sense to pass up.
  • Washington Redskins | #5
    The Redskins want to trade out of this spot, but if stuck at No. 5, a "safe" player like Scherff could be the direction new general manager Scot McCloughan chooses to go.
  • New Orleans Saints | #13
    They had issues inside last season, and that's not a good thing with Drew Brees at quarterback. I think Scherff will be a heck of a guard.
  • New Orleans Saints | #13
    The Saints want to improve protection for Drew Brees while also getting more dominant in the run game. Grabbing Scherff and moving him inside to guard suddenly gives this interior offensive line, with Jahri Evans and Max Unger, a whole new identity.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: His upper body strength, along with proper hand placement and good knee bend, make Scherff a force in the running game. Balanced with a naturally wide base and light feet, controlling his momentum well. Outstanding drive blocker with the punch to jolt and drive his man where he wants with above average hand use to attack rushers, keeping separation between him and his target.

Quickness is more functional than flashy. Pass drop from the snap is efficient and controlled rather than explosive. Shifts his weight well and can be a wrecking ball at the second level with an eager blocking attitude and the demeanor of a wrestler, taking down rushers. Strong hands to latch on and control opponents when pass blocking. Impressive power, as he'll stop pass-rushers in their tracks at times. Demonstrated his toughness and commitment by returning to play in a 2014 game (Ball State) after suffering a torn meniscus. Scherff practiced the day after undergoing surgery and played in Iowa's next game (Iowa State).

WEAKNESSES: Some hip and joint tightness. Can get himself in trouble when relying upon his strength, occasionally settling onto his heels rather than playing on the balls of his feet, which makes him susceptible to speed rushes upfield and quick counters back to the inside. Occasional missteps in pass protection can be corrected with more experience. Some question as to whether he will be able to stay on the left tackle in the NFL. Durability red flags that require careful examination at the Combine. Missed the second half of the 2012 season due to an ugly right leg injury (broken right leg, dislocated ankle) that required surgery and suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in 2014 that also required surgery.

PLAYER COMPARISON: Zack Martin, Cowboys -- Scherff is athletic enough to remain outside at tackle but his build and physicality could be even more effective inside at guard. Regardless of where along the offensive line his NFL teams asks him to play, Scherff boasts the talent and toughness to stand out immediately.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang

Player Overview

NFL scouts value Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's pupils as they generally play with grit and excellent technique and are as reliable in the passing game as they are when run blocking. Iowa's program has been an offensive line factory since Ferentz took over in Iowa City, but the Hawkeyes haven't had a draft pick at the position the past two years.

That will change with Scherff, a 6-foot-5, 320 pounder who scouts view as the most pro-ready offensive linemen in the 2015 draft due to his size, strength and versatility. Perhaps because of his broad-shouldered, powerful frame, Scherff has been pegged by some as a possible guard-convert. Unlike many of the other collegiate tackles who may be asked to make this move in the NFL, Scherff has already seen action there, starting at left guard as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He slid outside to left tackle in 2012 and other than missing some time due to injury, hasn't missed a beat since, culminating with a spectacular senior campaign in which he was named a consensus All-American and the Outland Trophy winner as the nation's best lineman.

While scouts love Scherff's toughness, technique and power, he isn't considered a blue chip talent who surely will earn a top five selection. Scherff doesn't possess elite foot quickness in pass protection and more importantly, comes with medical red flags after twice sustaining injuries to his right leg that required surgery to correct.

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05/04/2015 - Jon Jansen, Washington's stalwart right tackle from 1999-2008 (skipping 2007 when he tore an Achilles in the season opener), sees a lot of himself in Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, whom the Redskins chose fifth overall this year. Jansen was a second-round selection from a Big Ten school (Michigan) who preferred power football to athleticism. He and Scherff are from Midwestern small towns (Clawson, Mich. and Denison, Iowa, respectively) and both love to hunt and fish. "He's a great kid and a tough SOB," said Jansen, who covered some of Scherff's games for the Big Ten Network. "He's fun to watch, plays the game the way it's supposed to be played. Not a lot of players like that anymore." - The Sports Xchange
 

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