Brandon Scherff (file photo)

Brandon Scherff (file photo)

NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock believes Iowa’s Brandon Scherff will be the first offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft. The NFL Scouting Combine begins later this week in Indianapolis and Mayock feels the Outland Trophy winner is best suited at guard.

“I believe he can play outside, however I think his best position — because of his power, his toughness and his football sense — is inside,” Mayock says. “I think he is an All-Pro guard, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play tackle in the NFL.”

Mayock projects UNI running back David Johnson as a third or fourth round pick in a draft with a lot of depth at runningback and receiver, but thin at quarterback.

Mayock says while grading the results of the combine is an imperfect science they are best used to confirm what you see on the game tape. “If a fast guy runs fast, check, if a slow guy runs slow, check…however, whenever you find something that doesn’t match up to the tape, that should be the red flag to make you go back and watch some more,” Mayocks says.