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Brandon Scherff | Tackle

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 320

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ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Redskins an "A-" draft grade and wrote that Washington, the softest team in the league last year in his estimation, "got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds."
"I know there are questions about whether Brandon Scherff can stay at tackle in the NFL (he was a LT at Iowa), but even if he's a guard, while the pick value loses a little, the guy is a true mauler, a player who makes the run game better the second he steps on the field," Kiper wrote. "Whether it's right tackle (makes sense) or guard, Scherff is a starter now." We agree with that assessment. And, like Kiper, we really liked Washington's second selection. "Preston Smith could have come off the board in Round 1, so to get him in Round 2 was minor coup," Kiper wrote. "That's a clear need at OLB, and he can move around too." Jamison Crowder, Arie Kouandjio and Martrell Spaight were all had on Day 3, providing intriguing prospects at a low cost. May 4 - 7:50 PM

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Redskins selected Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Scherff (6'5/319) made 36 starts for Iowa, earning the 2014 Outland Trophy as the nation's top offensive lineman. Although some draftniks have ticketed him for guard, NFL Films' Greg Cosell has likened Scherff's tape to Jake Long's coming out of college. A physical power blocker with enough movement skills to function in any scheme, Scherff is a consistent block finisher and the most technically sound O-Lineman in the 2015 class. Scherff has adequate arm length (33 3/8") and huge hands (11"), and impressed in pre-draft workouts with a 5.05 forty and 32 1/2-inch vertical. We suspect Scherff will play right tackle in Washington, bookending LT Trent Williams with LG Shawn Lauvao, C Kory Lichtensteiger, and RG Chris Chester on the interior.
Apr 30 - 8:42 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says of Iowa OL Brandon Scherff: "He is probably going to be your best left tackle ... your best guard ... your best right tackle."

"What is Scherff going to be? Who cares!" Gruden said. Here, here. The analyst's take on Scherff mirrors Rotoworld's. "Scherff has great awareness, he will compete, and if you are a nickel blitzer coming off the corner, if he sees you, it might be over," Gruden said. "We saw that in the Pitt game. He inflicts pain when he delivers a block. He uses his hands well, keeps his head out of it. Do I wish that he had longer arms? Yes. Do I wish he had the prototype measurables? Yes. But I still want Scherff on my team."
Apr 29 - 6:12 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "has the play strength and footwork that make him an immediate starter" and believe he's one of the draft's safest prospects.

"Scherff has been well-schooled as a technician, and has the play strength and footwork that make him an immediate starter who should make an early impact in his team's running game," Zierlein wrote. The Iowa prospect was a productive three-year starter for the Hawkeyes, who offers positional versatility for the team that drafts him in April. Scherff has a shot to be the first lineman drafted off the board.
Apr 28 - 2:04 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "can be an outstanding player right away" and is a potential Pro Bowler as a rookie, according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"I don't think Scherff is the next Zack Martin, a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys last year who earned All-Pro honors as a rookie," Davis wrote. "He played tackle in college, but I think he's best suited to move inside to guard in the pros. He could be a top-10 pick who plugs in immediately and shows his ability to be a force on the interior." Scherff has undoubtedly been aided by Martin's quick acclimation to NFL guard. Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle, but we think he can be one anyway.
Apr 26 - 10:39 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner writes that Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "could possibly be a fantastic guard, it's just that if you plug him in at left tackle next season you'll be sorely disappointed."

"It's difficult to see the Outland Trophy winner ever being an effective pass protector on the edge," Renner wrote. "Scherff wasn't close to the top of our tackle rankings, even after facing a fairly weak slate of edge rushers in the Big Ten. The Iowa tackle's 96.2 pass-blocking efficiency was 62nd out of the 95 draft-eligible tackles." We disagree, as you know, that Scherff can't stick at left tackle. And while numbers are facts, it should be noted that Iowa's passing offense, with inconsistent quarterbacks who held onto the ball too long waiting for mediocre receivers to get open, did Scherff no favors. "People have fallen in love with Scherff's ability to plant a defender to the turf, but when asked to play in space on the edge, Scherff lacked the length and feet quickness to regularly engage defenders," Renner wrote. "His skill set translates much better to guard in the NFL, but even there he would be something of a question mark."
Apr 26 - 4:24 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock explained his offensive line rankings, including why he ranks Iowa's Brandon Scherff as the top OL in the draft.

"After (Scherff), there are an awful lot of question marks," Mayock said, "That doesn't mean there's not a lot of talent, because there is. But I could take, for instance, Ereck Flowers, D.J. Humphries, Andrus Peat, and T.J. Clemmings -- all are gifted first-round tackles -- but I could poke a hole in every one of those kids, either from a technique perspective, or an off-the-field perspective, or whatever." Of course, many argue that Scherff is a question mark because of a perceived inability to hang at LT in the pros. The NFL doesn't know what to do with this OL class because there aren't many prospects in it that fit comfortably into the league's preferred boxes.
Apr 26 - 1:56 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is "the toughest offensive lineman in the 2015 class, as well as the nastiest," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

We're inclined to agree. "Scherff is a tone-setter who gets under the skin of opposing defenders," McShay wrote. "He plays through the whistle and finishes every block, and while his lack of ideal length puts into some question his ability to hold up in pass protection as an NFL left tackle -- personally, I wouldn't bet against him -- his floor is as an outstanding guard because of his quickness and power as a run-blocker and overall approach to the game." Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle. We still think he can be one.
Apr 25 - 11:13 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Iowa OL Brandon Scherff to perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson.

"He's better than anyone that's come out of there (Iowa), and they've had a bunch of good guys," a scout said. "I know everyone wants to make a guard out of him, but I'd have him disprove he can't play tackle. He didn't even play healthy this year. Had his knee scoped (torn cartilage) and the guy missed one practice. You watch the year before. I like (Bryan) Bulaga but I think this guy is better. I didn't think Bulaga could play left tackle but I think this guy can." A second scout added: "Alert, aggressive, finishes, athletic. Anchor is just OK. He'll be really good in a zone scheme because he has a really good feel for angles. When you line up with him you know what you're going to get." A third scout was lower on Scherff, advising a team wanting a tackle to take Andrus Peat. We disagree that Scherff can't stick at LT.
Apr 25 - 9:24 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is drawing "heavy interest" from teams in the pick five through nine range.

We have been linking Scherff to the Redskins for some time. Teams typically do not value interior offensive linemen in the top ten, but Zack Martin's immediate impact and success likely changes that. And we would not rule out some teams evaluating Scherff as a tackle.
Apr 24 - 9:53 AM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "would help provide the athleticism, toughness and technique that St. Louis has been missing along the offensive for years," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If the Rams plan to protect their newly acquired QB, Nick Foles, they could team Scherff with last year's No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson to solidify the left side of their offense line for years to come. The Iowa prospect has the ability to play tackle or guard, and should be a plug-and-play prospect from day one.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 3:43 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay "won't rule out the possibility of" Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "developing into an NFL left tackle."

"But his shorter arms and the fact that he's not an elite athlete do raise questions as to whether he could hold up against speed rushers and complete pass-rushers in the NFL," McShay wrote. "But if I'm a team that has the flexibility to play him at either guard or tackle, I'd take him over any other offensive lineman in this class. I love his toughness, power as a run-blocker, and ability to finish blocks." Scherff has 33 3/8-inch arms, shorter than one would like in a left tackle. Even so, we've steadfastly maintained that Scherff can be an NFL left tackle.
Apr 22 - 12:23 AM

An NFL analytics director said Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is overvalued by Mel Kiper because of his injury history.

Kiper ranks Scherff No. 7 overall. Scherff was ultra-durable over the past two seasons, but he did miss games in 2011 and 2012 and then suffered a hamstring injury at the combine. "The thinking was that college players (and especially offensive linemen) who were hurt in college tended to have injury issues in the NFL as well," wrote Mike Sando.
Apr 21 - 11:06 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "is a scheme fit with his athleticism in what new coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to run," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

"Protecting Matt Ryan remains the most pivotal thing the Falcons have to do and this kid is a scheme fit with his athleticism in what new coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to run. The increased power of Scott Pioli in the decision-making process I would think leads to more of an emphasis being placed on drafting linemen, and while the Falcons long for pass rushers and run stoppers, I see a mini-run on offensive linemen in what isn't a great draft for them starting here," La Canfora wrote. The Iowa prospect could excel in Shanahan's newly installed zone-blocking scheme, due to the fact that he's already familiar with it from Iowa's offense. Scherff is well-versed on various blocking schemes, including zone concepts already.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 2:30 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff is the No. 1 interior lineman in the class, according to the National Football Post's Greg Gabriel.

Want to guess who the analyst compared him to? If you guessed Zack Martin, please accept your prize on the way out of this blurb. Gabriel does think Scherff could play tackle, but sees him as a better fit as a stud guard. As you know, we believe Scherff can stick at left tackle long term. "As a player, he is a smart technician with good hand use," Gabriel wrote. "Like most Iowa linemen, he has been well coached. He plays with bend and knows how to get and keep good position. He is a consistent run and pass blocker and has the strength and power to get movement. He is a consistent pass blocker who gets and keeps good position and can anchor."
Apr 6 - 7:01 PM