Whether it's at tackle or guard in the NFL, Iowa's Brandon Scherff said he'll be happy to bolster any team's offensive line.
Widely regarded as the top offensive line prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, Iowa's Brandon Scherff knows that whenever he is taken – quite possibly by the Redskins with the fifth pick– he'll take a minute to reflect on his hard work through the years.
But once the draft is over, it'll be back to focusing on football. "You always want to be the best of the best," he said at the NFL Combine. "You want to set your goals high, Just hanging out with these guys the last two days, it's awesome to see where everybody came from. Work ethic and all that, it's just nice."
Scherff started all 26 games at left tackle during his last two seasons at Iowa despite nagging injuries.
In 2014, he was named the Outland Trophy winner – given to the nation's top interior offensive lineman – and was also a unanimous All-American.
During a game against Ball State in early September, Scherff went down with an injury that appeared, at least at first, would sideline him for weeks.
But after just one series out of the lineup, Scherff toughed out the pain and played not only the rest of the game, but was full-go the next week against rival Iowa State.
"If I was able to play, I was going to play," he said. "They said two weeks or three weeks possibly. I said I felt pretty good Wednesday; can I throw my knee brace and helmet on and just do some drills. They're like 'Yeah, sure, go ahead.' Thursday I told 'em I felt fine. They said it was up to me. So I wanted to do that."
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In total, Scherff would play 43 games at Iowa during a four-year span. While many top prospects jet for the draft following successful junior seasons, the 6-foot-4, 320 pounder wanted to return for a senior season very well knowing it would help him down the road.
"I think you play a lot faster, smarter, you have a better understanding for the game," Scherff said of playing four seasons of college football. "You know the level that each game is going to be. It helps you play faster."
And while he played tackle during his years at Iowa, NFL Media Analyst Mike Mayock believes he "kind of outgrew" the position and could be better suited for guard.
Would Scherff be up for the position change entering the NFL?
"I don't think there would be a challenge," he said. "I like run blocking. It would be a little closer. You're getting a little help from the center also. I think it would it would be a smooth move for me. Like I said, I'll be happy to play wherever they want me to play."