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NFL.com writers REALLY like Brandon Scherff

[ 0 ] June 7, 2014 |

Brandon Scherff’s reputation continues to grow, the latest praise coming from NFL.com.

Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is projected by SI.com to be a top-five draft pick in 2015.

Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is projected by SI.com to be a top-five draft pick in 2015.

Iowa’s all-Big Ten offensive left tackle is ranked as the most physical player in college football by NFL.com college football writer Chase Goodbread.

Scherff, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound senior-to-be from Denison, heads a list of 14 players. Ohio State senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett is the only other Big Ten player on the list.

“With 20 straight starts at left tackle dating back to an injury-shortened (sophomore) year, Scherff has established himself as the most dominant offensive lineman in the Big Ten Conference,” Goodbread said. “An outstanding drive blocker, Scherff is the man the Hawkeyes will look to run behind in short-yardage situations. Said offensive line coach Brian Ferentz: ‘There’s not a better offensive lineman in college football, that’s my opinion.’ Ours, too.”

Scherff had the option of declaring for the NFL Draft after his junior season, but he chose to return for his senior season.

“I love playing here,” Scherff said in December when asked to explain his decision. “I love this atmosphere. It’s like a family around here.

“And also, I can always improve myself. Play faster, smarter.”

Scherff, a former high school quarterback, also was ranked by NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin as the 11th-most freakish athlete in college football and the 12th-toughest player in college football.

“The guy is freakishly strong and will be one of the top three or four offensive tackles in the nation this fall,” Huguenin said. “He also has been clocked in under 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash. But that’s not all. He began his football career as a quarterback, starting at the position as a high school sophomore in Denison, Iowa, before moving to the line as a junior. He was a four-year letterman in baseball in high school and also competed in basketball, tennis(!) and track. That he has quick feet shouldn’t be a surprise, considering he won the Iowa state shot put title and also threw the discus.”

As for Scherff’s toughness, Huguenin wrote:

“Scherff is a top-shelf athlete for a guy his size, but make no mistake, it’s his toughness that makes him a special talent. He is an absolute mauler in the running game, and woe to the defensive back who is in his path when he’s downfield looking for a target to blow up. He also is a solid pass protector who uses every means at his disposal, including — wink wink, nudge nudge — his hands to keep opposing defenders off his quarterback.”

Scherff was named first-team all-Big Ten by the conference coaches this past season, helping Iowa to an 8-5 overall record.

He was projected as the fifth pick overall in a 2015 NFL mock draft by Sports Illustrated.com writer Chris Burke. Iowa senior defensive tackle Carl Davis was picked to go 11th in the same mock draft.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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