Todd Gurley and Brandon Scherff play different positions for different teams on different coasts, but here's one area where they intersect: They're both really good and really reliable football players.
And those are two qualities that not many members of the 2015 NFL Draft class have shown in the seasons since that class has entered the league.
In his review of the group, Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson rightfully ripped the majority of players to come from that crop of talent. Actually, sorry, that should be written as crop of "talent," because the 2015 NFL Draft class was pretty bad.
Eleven of 32 picks from thar draft have already been dealt or let go by their original squad. Then there are others, like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Kevin White, who are struggling to break through in the cities they started their careers in.
Gurley is absolutely the star from that year, a running back who can carve up defenses in multiple ways and one who has a standing appointment with the end zone on a weekly basis.
But behind him, you can make a real case that Scherff — whom the Redskins took with the fifth overall pick — is the second best pro from 2015's first round.
While some wondered if taking a guard that high was the prudent move, No. 75 makes that detraction less and less credible the more he plays. The 27-year-old has only missed two of a possible 55 games for the 'Skins, has already made two Pro Bowls and is well on his way to earning a third nod.
Jay Gruden thinks Scherff is the best pulling lineman in the NFL, Trent Williams labeled him a "natural born mauler" and Adrian Peterson has complimented his dependability.
Basically, all the guy does is show up on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, try to bury whoever is unlucky enough to cross his path and make the burgundy and gold's offensive line better.
Looking around, Melvin Gordon is starting to really come on for the Chargers and is probably Scherff's main competition for that spot behind Gurley. His career yards-per-carry average is still a tick under four, but he's become a Gurley copcyat as a RB who helps as a runner and a receiver and who scores constantly.
A few DBs — Marcus Peters and Byron Jones — have acquainted themselves well in the NFL, too. And if Amari Cooper was still producing the way he did early on, perhaps he'd be right behind Gurley, but he's fallen off and is now looking to come back as a Cowboy.
Regardless of where exactly you slot Scherff, though, he continues to separate himself as one of 2015's top selections. What plenty considered a reach early on is turning into a total success.
To put it simply looks like the right guard was the right choice for the Redskins.
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