Brandon Scherff would rather hunt than attend NFL Draft

Chad Leistikow
Former Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff works out during the NFL Combine on Feb. 20. Monday’s Pro Day at the University of Iowa was closed to reporters.

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Brandon Scherff wants to be back in northwest Iowa, either hunting or fishing, during the NFL Draft.

His agent, Neil Cornrich, wants him in Chicago.

"I wanted to go back to Denison," Scherff said Monday after performing in front of scouts from 31 NFL teams at Iowa's annual Pro Day. "But he said, 'You should probably go.' "

So instead of fishing apparel, expect to see the former Hawkeye left tackle and Outland Trophy winner wearing a suit and tie during the first round on April 30 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

The experts think Scherff will be one of the top offensive linemen chosen — draftniks have him going anywhere from ninth to 17th overall.

Monday's Pro Day, which was closed to reporters, gave Scherff a chance to show scouts that the right hamstring pull he suffered at last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis was a non-issue.

Scherff said he improved in all areas, including a 32.5-inch vertical jump and "22 to 23" reps on bench press. (By comparison, former Hawkeye teammate Carl Davis said he did 28 on Monday.)

"I can do way better than that," said Scherff, a legend in the Hawkeye weight room. "Just an off day for me.

"All the running drills, I was pretty happy with that, too."

Even though Scherff played left tackle at Iowa, his stock seems to be highest as an NFL guard. That would follow the footsteps of former Hawkeye offensive tackle Marshall Yanda, who received more all-pro votes than any other guard last season with the Baltimore Ravens.

On a radio interview recently, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said Scherff could be have an all-pro rookie season as an interior lineman.

"(Teams) asked me which one I preferred," said Scherff, who officially measured 6-foot-5, 319 pounds. "I said, 'Wherever you play me, I'll play that.' "

Even though Scherff is done with college, the avid outdoorsman has been in Iowa City working out at the Hawkeyes' sprawling new football operations center with strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.

"Yeah, it's been fun. The funnest part is no school," Scherff said, laughing. "After I work out, me, Andrew (Donnal), Tommy Gaul — we'll go shoot guns or go fishing, one of the two."