Redskins Surprise Most with Picking Iowa OT Scherff with Fifth Pick

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The pick is in for the Redskins, as the team Thursday took huge Iowa OT Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick in round one.

It’s a surprise for most for a team that needs players, but if the team is going to try and revamp that offensive line, Scherff is a player who can help out from day one.

Here’s a scouting report on Scherff and what he brings to the table.

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa, 6-5, 320, 4.93, 1…The only thing scouts agree about on Scherff is that he is the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft. The debate is whether he should use his broad-shoulders and toughness at guard, where he played as a freshman, or show his excellent technique at tackle, where he lined up on the left side the rest of his college career and was named consensus All-American and earned the Outland Trophy last season as the best college lineman. Those who believe he belongs inside are probably concerned that he doesn’t have quick footwork required against the NFL’s outside pass rushers, an issue not helped a broken fibula and dislocated ankle as a sophomore.

Scherff first nurtured confusion about where to play him way back at Dennison (Iowa) High School where his football career included 1,200 yards passing as a sophomore; 200 yards and five touchdowns receiving as a junior and then, playing both sides of the line, led the team in tackling and blocking. Scherff also starred in baseball, tennis and was the state shot put champion as a sophomore. So at least the NFL has narrowed it down to one sport. – Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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7 Responses to “Redskins Surprise Most with Picking Iowa OT Scherff with Fifth Pick”

  1. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    This was the REDSKINS pick I was screaming for the year they took RGIII.

    It seemed sheer idiocy to give up a second and two firsts in consecutive years a once in a generation QB when we had a sieve for a line. Not that RG III might not have been hurt anyway, but this pick is better late than never.

    The game is still blocking and tackling, and too that end, excellent offensive and defensive fronts are necessary to become a championship team.

    This is something JOE GIBBS understood only too well as he kept a small JOE BOSTIC and GEORGE STARKE while adding a 1st in MARK MAY, a second in RUSS GRIMM, and a UFA in JOE JACOBY.

    He shifted OG DARYL GRANT into the equivilent of a nose tackle on the d-line alongside DAVE BUTZ, and off we went to glory.

    Come on COOKE/McCLOUGHAN/GRUDEN, be latter-day SNYDER/BEATHARD/GIBBS. Bring in the players, and let’s get this train rolling.

    • fred harkrider jr. says:

      fthe ick was a better than average pick, but williams that went # 5 on the list drafted was by far the safest and best and most needed pick that anybody could have taken, and they will live to regreat that they passed on him, and i bet the jets at 5th in the first round could not believe their luck when washington redskins took a player that should have gone around 10th to 15th in the first round if and i say , if he is healthy enough to play a long career for the redskins. people like williams don’t come along very often and the jets got the pick of the draft by far. the first two will also be sorry because #1 thye florida state qb will get big as the house and he shows being soft already and may report in at 260 to 280 and then later he will probably remind people of some of the mistakes oakland, the redskins, vikings and a couple more have made on the qb picks. where as # 2 is a very good college qb who could not read a zone or any type defence and may never do so as rg3 has had his problems. if he had stayed healthy and down to earth , then he would have made a fair to pretty good qb , but we gave the farm for him and no one knows why as of yet. we could not even get a 3rd rounder for him now, much less all the first rounders, and such that we lost on him, it might have been worth an extra 1st rounder and maybe a 3rd rounder extra to get luck, but since patyon manning , he is probably the only one who might be a sure fire qb to give extra on. if we had stayed pat and took the rtunnivel from texas a& m qb that year, then we would have alot better team , due to the extra early round picks we would have on the roster, but we seem to make a ton of bad picks, where most of the teams like the giants, ne , and denver don’t seem to fall off the cliff, like we do. i love the redskins and have for around 55 to 57 years, and will til i die, but we are sure messing up on players time after time. we have three qb’s that we could not get over a 4th , 6th, and 7th round picks for any of the three, and trent williams, reed, kennington, kerrington lb , bashard cb, anderson a young cb, and thomas the young ss we picked back up , treay the punter, morris rb, young fb or hb, jackson wr, roberts a backup wr, the dl that they got from the viling’s , and the two young starting ml on defence, and the placekicker also, and trent larsen if he is given a chance to play maybe. not much to show for the money they have tied up on some of the players. the back up guard that they took in the third round might turn out ok also. but most we could not get a 7th round draft pick for them. i still love the skins, but we have no chance to make the super bowel before i die, and i am a healthy 70 year old that coaches kids year around, but i can not excect to live to be 120 years old to see them back in the super bowel again??? i do wish ya’ll the best and will watch and root for them, but with what we have, we probably will finish last or next to last in the nfc east for a while. fred harkrider jr. us marine viet nam veteran semper fi george allen, sonney jurgerson, john riggins, larry brown, darrell green, chris handburger, mark mosley, dave butz, art monk, charlie taylor, gary clark, russ grimm, dave brunduge ( lt )ken houston , and sammy baugh ( qb)dexter mandley , sam huff (m l ) , and charles mann ( de ) now those were players and coaches like george allen or joe gibbs , great coaches too.

  2. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:


  3. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    O.K. seven picks, four thru seven. Let’s get some future starters who right now can be great teams players and reserves.

    Looks like we got three tough guys who can play football.

    I’m especially interested in seeing the SMITH and JONES show. Say………wasn’t that a t.v. series back in the day? Heh!

  4. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:


    NIXON may be on the outside looking in.

    I would love to see LeRIBEUS gone, and LONG take over starting duties from CHESTER.

    Looks like MOSES is the latter-day MO HURT this season.

  5. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    4th – OG ALABAMA ARIE KOUANDJIO. Tough kid with a long history of knee surgery. No doubt he’s aimed right at LeRIBEUS.

    4th – WR JAMISON CROWDER for returner over ROBERTS……sure hope so.

    5th – OLB MARTRELL SPAIGHT……….. teams player.

    6th – S VIRGINIA TECH TYSHOUN JARRETT ………..db depth/taxi squad

    6th – OLB TEVIN MITCHEL……….teams/taxi squad

    6th – WR EVAN SPENCER OHIO STATE………..a teams gunner possibly, but more probably creating a stockpile getting ready for either JACKSON, GARCON or both to exit after this upcoming season.

    And two sevens plus a sixth next season to replace the 2016 6th traded this year.

    McCLOUGHAN working overtime

  6. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    One seven and it’s a center.

    Pretty obvious no one’s job is secure other than silverback on the o-line.

    McCLOUGHAN now hoping that both lines have been adequately rebuilt.

    DB’s will come next season, prolly one from FA and another by way of a high draft pick.