The Redskins have been neglecting the offensive line in the draft for a number of years. They turned that around in a big way tonight with the selection of Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.
He won just about every award an offensive lineman can win last year—Outland Trophy, consensus All-American, All-Big 10, the Haden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award, you name it.
At 6-5, 319 he is the perfect addition for a team that is looking to move from a zone-blocking scheme to more of a power scheme. His drive blocking is exceptional, with a hard hit on initial contact and relentless drive.
As do most dominant college linemen, he will need some work on his technique, particularly in pass blocking.
According to coach Jay Gruden, Scherff will initially line up at right tackle. He played left tackle at Iowa but most analysts believe that he will need to play right tackle in the NFL or perhaps even move inside to guard. Washington has had a longstanding need for a solid right tackle and they have had some weakness at guard as well.
It wasn’t particularly surprising that the Redskins ended up with Scherff. It had become known over the past few days that he was a favorite of some at Redskins Park and, as noted, the need exists.
However, when USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, considered by many to be the best player in the draft, was bypassed by the first four teams picking, many believed that Washington would take him. And, regardless of who was there, may believe that the fifth pick of the draft is too high for a guard or right tackle.