ESPN's McShay says Iowa's Scherff will be top-10 pick

Rick Brown
Iowa's Brandon Scherff projected as No. 9 pick in NFL Draft

Iowa's Brandon Scherff remains a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft, according to today's latest projections from ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay has Scherff, Iowa's consensus all-American left offensive tackle and Outland Trophy winner, going to the New York Giants with the ninth pick of the first round.

Scherff could become the Hawkeyes' first Top 10 selection since another Outland Trophy winner, Robert Gallery, went to Oakland with the second pick in the 2004 draft. Since Gallery, Iowa has two other offensive linemen drafted in the first round. Bryan Bulaga was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 23rd pick of the first round in 2010, and Reilly Reiff went to Detroit with the 23rd pick of the 2012 draft.

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Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis just missed a spot in McShay's first-round projections. Davis is listed as the No. 2 player among those not going in the first round. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is No. 1 on that list.

Here's McShay's latest analysis of Scherff:

"I'm sticking with Scherff to the Giants with the No. 9 pick. He's the ultimate tough guy, which makes him an ideal fit for a Tom Coughlin-coached team, and he could either take over the right tackle position for Justin Pugh (who has struggled some at tackle) or provide a major upgrade at left tackle, enabling Weston Richburg to play his natural position of center. Scherff lacks the ideal length to play the tackle position, and could wind up as an excellent guard instead, but I wouldn't be against him. The Giants also have needs at linebacker and in the defensive secondary that they could look to address in the later rounds."

The 2015 NFL Draft is April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago.