Scouting Report: Brandon Scherff, OG/OT

Does Scherff have what it takes to play Tackle in the NFL, or would he better suited to play Guard?

Does Scherff have what it takes to play Tackle in the NFL, or would he better suited to play Guard?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Why do I do this to myself?  Being a die hard Cyclone fan, sitting down and watching a couple of hours of Iowa game film is a form of torture.  I promise to you though that I stayed objective despite my strong dislike for the black and gold.  One thing you may notice is that in the title I have Guard listed before Tackle, and no, that is not a typo.  Why? Read the rest of the report to find out.Name: Brandon Scherff

School: University of Iowa (Sr.)

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 320 Lbs.


In the running game, Scherff possesses NFL ready technique and fundamentals.  He shows good footwork when pulling and has exceptional football strength in both his upper and lower body.  Additionally, he has good balance, bending at the knees rather than at the waist.  Scherff is a tenacious run blocker with a mean streak.  He gets to the second level quickly and finishes blocks with proper leverage.  In pass protection he properly extends his arms and has strong hands to keep defenders away from his body. I highlighted a couple plays below where you can see Scherff doing a nice job in run blocking in a couple of different situations.



Where Scherff struggles is with speed.  He is stiff in the hips, which leads him over compensate with his upper body.  This leaves his chest exposed and gives the defender the upper hand.  His footwork in pass protection needs work, especially when trying to force edge rushers outside.  He is heavy footed and seems to have his weight on his heels rather than his toes, which leads to him getting off balance. At times, Scherff gives up too much ground to defenders on pass protection allowing them to create trash at the QB’s feet, which I highlight in the play below.  He moves much better going forward rather than backward and his arm length could be a concern if he is asked to play tackle in the NFL.



From a run blocking perspective, Scherff is an intriguing prospect with elite potential and he’s NFL ready from that standpoint.  He is aggressive and tenacious.  From my vantage point, a move inside to guard would be best for him.  He reminds me a lot of Logan Mankins or Zach Martin and would be an immediate upgrade for the Patriots at that position.  He struggles with speed, and putting him at guard would minimize his exposure to it.  Grading Scherff is complicated as it’s going to depend on the situation he goes into.  I give him a late first round grade as a Guard and if I am grading him as a Tackle, I would give him a late 3/early 4.

3 Responses to “Scouting Report: Brandon Scherff, OG/OT”

  1. hdpaulie says:

    I disagree with WR in the !st. Although we don’t have a stud ## 1, Brady has shown he can be more than adequate with the receivers we have. and a restructured Amandola just may be worth keeping around after his play the last several weeks and he ‘s become valuable returning kicks, and would be sufficient replacement should Edelman go down.And we’ve got Syms whose shown flashes. Who would you get rid of besides Dobson to make room for him. I just don’t think it’s a priority in the 1st round. I don’t see many weaknesses on this team that would require a 1st round pick. I like that you addressed the OL But I think I’d go after the OL a bit earlier to get a better quality player. Unless Melvin Gordon, La’el Collins or Danny Shelton fell to us I’d trade out of the 1st and use the 2 2nd round picks on our most glaring need to grab an OT that could convert to guard if needed and a top remaining guard, or even two guards. The two FSU guards, Matias and Jackson who are both highly regarded prospects could be reunited with Stork who already have experience together. Our Next biggest need is debatable between DT or pass rusher, Take the highest rated player on the board in the 3rd and with the comp pick in the 3rd take the other position. That would give us 4 potential starters within the 1st 3 rounds for the positions that need the most upgrading. Someone like Nate Orchard or Marcus Golden might still b there in the 3rd. RB Telvin Coleman could be a consideration with the 2nd overall pick in the 4th round from tampa. I think he’d be a steal there. Even though we’ve taken 2 guards, with our own 4th rd pick I wouldn’t dismiss grabbing a 3rd Ol especiallyif Cedri Ogbuehi drops this far after his recent ACL. LB, SS and maybe a speedy kick returner with the rest of our picks.

    • Dan Sullivan says:

      Your opinions are very good and I agree with most of what you said. My first
      pick for Pats Agholar of USC I like very much as a player because he is so fluid the way
      he reminds me of old time Patriot Mike Haynes hardly looks like running fast but certainly
      is. Enjoy the game Sunday as it won’t be easy for Pats.

  2. Dan Sullivan says:

    Nothing warms up New England like the Patriots in Super Bowl. Patriots have their
    work cut out for them as Luck is playing at a MVP level.

    Patriots Mock Draft.
    1 Nelson Agholar WR USC
    2 Michael Bennett DT Ohio State
    3 Jake Fisher OT Oregon
    4 Andy Gallick C-G Boston College
    4 Geneo Grissom LB Oklahoma
    6 Steve Nelson CB Oregon State
    7 Sam Arneson TE Wisconsin
    7 Dreamius Smith RB West Virginia

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