2015 NFL Draft Profile: Brandon Scherff, OT Iowa


Iowa’s Brandon Scherff is a powerful blocker.  His strength is a huge asset for any team that decides to draft him.  At the college level, he has shown to be solid enough at protecting the edge against pass rushers, but there have been some experts that question his ability to be as effective at the pro level.

In a draft class full of offensive linemen with question marks, Brandon Scherff might be as close to a “sure thing” as there is.  A team could put him at any spot on the offensive line (besides possibly center) and get solid play out of him.  For that reason, he should be very highly coveted.

He wasn’t a full participant at the 2015 NFL Combine, but it shouldn’t hurt his status on draft day.  His mindset as a “workout warrior” has followed him to the NFL and he shouldn’t have a hard time adjusting to life in the NFL.  The only real question is whether a team will see him as an offensive tackle or a guard.

Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linesman Brandon Scherff (68) blocks against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 319 pounds
  • Arm Length: 33.375″
  • Hand Size: 11″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.05 seconds
  • Bench Press: 23 reps

Draft Projection

Brandon Scherff is the top offensive tackle in the 2015 NFL Draft Class according to CBSSports.com.  He is the #11 overall prospect and should be a top 10 selection at the draft.

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Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota could look to fill their hole at left guard with a player who could possibly slide outside if Matt Kalil continues to struggle.  Iowa’s Brandon Scherff could fill that role quite easily if he’s available at #11 overall.

My Take

I’d be all for the Vikings possibly improving two spots on their offensive line by drafting Brandon Scherff.  However, Minnesota’s priority might not lay on the offensive line.  Despite that, if Scherff is available when the Vikings are on the clock, Minnesota would be foolish not to considering selecting him.

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