Redskins draft pick Brandon Scherff is big, tough and plays with attitude.
In other words, he’s Jason Hatcher’s kind of football player.
“I think that was—excuse my French—I think that was a hell of a pick,” Hatcher said this week on Redskins Nation. “He’s going to help us out a lot. I watched him on film [and] he’s a very aggressive and violent person.”
“If he gets you in a vulnerable situation,” Hatcher added, “he’s going to finish you. He’s nasty. And that’s what you expect out of your right tackle.”
Scherff, the Redskins’ 6 foot 5, 319-pound fifth overall pick, is expected be the solution at a position that’s long been a problem in Washington—right tackle. Last season, Tyler Polumbus and Tom Compton split duties and surrendered a whopping 14 sacks and 35 pressures, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
On Friday, Scherff will take his first pro reps as Redskins rookie minicamp gets underway in Ashburn, Va. And he’ll do so alongside fourth rounder Arie Kuoandjio, a 6-5, 318-pound guard, and seventh rounder Austin Reiter, a 6-3, 296-pound center.
Although Hatcher plays on the other side of the ball, he likes the additions.
“We’re slowly but surely getting back to the old ‘Hogs’ Redskins days,” Hatcher said. “Our offensive line has really gotten bigger and bigger every year. We got a lot of guys coming. Coach [Bill] Callahan he’s one of the best offensive line coaches in the league. He works their butts off. I watch them every day. He’s going to get the best of them.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to just standing back and watching the offense open up some huge holes this year.”
But there’s one guy in particular that Hatcher is really excited about seeing in action.
“He’s nasty,” Hatcher said of Scherff. “I like that. He’s a rookie but just watching him, man, he’s really gained my respect. He loves to play the game of football. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do this year.”