In five seasons, the top 10 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft have combined for 13 Pro Bowl appearances. Yet half a decade later, only one of the players chosen with one those 10 selections remains with the club that drafted him.
That would be Redskins guard Brandon Scherff.
The Iowa product was the No. 5 overall pick that season by Washington and has been a mainstay along the Redskins offensive line ever since. He's been named to three Pro Bowls and established himself as one of the best interior offensive linemen in the game.
Scherff became the last top 10 pick from 2015 to remain with his original team when the Los Angeles Rams released running back Todd Gurley on Thursday.
Gurley was one of the most dominant backs in the NFL in 2017 and 2018, earning first-team All-Pro honors both seasons. He was rewarded with a hefty extension during the 2018 offseason, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. But after a down season in 2019 where he registered a career-low in rushing yards, carries and yards-per-carry, the Rams decided to cut ties with the three-time Pro Bowler before he was guaranteed an extra $10.5 million at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. He has since signed a one-year deal with the Falcons.
Scherff was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, but the Redskins placed the franchise tag on the guard after the two sides could not agree on a long-term deal. With the tag, the Redskins and Scherff have until mid-July to reach an extension, or the 28-year-old will play the 2020 season on the one-year deal around $14 million.
While Scherff remains the lone Top 10 pick from 2015 to remain with the team that drafted him, the draft class still had plenty of talent.
Outside of Gurley, the player who's arguably had the best career among these 10 is wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Raiders selected Cooper fourth overall, but traded the wideout to the Cowboys in 2019 in exchange for a first-round pick. Cooper has thrived in Dallas and earned himself a $100 million extension with the team this offseason.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Vic Beasley eighth, and it didn't take long for the Clemson pass rusher to make his mark in the NFL. Beasley led the NFL in sacks in 2016, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors that season. He hasn't been able to replicate that dominance again but will have the chance to do so with the Titans in 2020. Beasley signed a one-year deal worth $9.5 million with Tennessee.
Leonard Williams, the No. 6 overall pick by the Jets, also earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2016. He was shipped to the crosstown rival New York Giants at the 2019 trade deadline, and they placed the franchise tag on him for the 2020 season.
Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went back-to-back to start the draft by the Buccaneers and Titans, respectively, and both will have new homes in 2020. They have been inconsistent throughout their career, but have shown promise at times. Mariota inked a deal with the Raiders this offseason, while Winston is still a free agent after the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady to a two-year contract.
The top 10 picks of the 2015 Draft had plenty of talent, even if it's taken many of those players a second destination to fully showcase it. But Scherff has found a home in Washington, and Redskins fans hope the guard will sport the Burgundy and Gold for much longer than just next season.
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