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