2015 NFL Draft: Redskins get B- for picking Brandon Scherff at No. 5

With the fifth pick in the first round, the Washington Redskins selected Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.

CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco gave the Redskins a B- for the pick:

They have a big need on the line, so I get it. This is a nice, solid pick -- but not a wow pick, which they needed.

Scherff projects as a guard or right tackle in the NFL after playing left tackle at Iowa. At 6-foot-5, 319 pounds he has terrific size and is a tremendous run blocker. He’s not the most fluid when moving backwards which is why he’ll likely have to move to the right side or inside as a run blocker, but when he goes forward he’s dominant. Scherff can play immediately and really help the Redskins open up holes in the running game.

The Redskins needed to improve their line play as they were 19th in the league in adjusted line yards (3.87) and 31st in adjusted sack rate at 9.8%, per Football Outsiders.

However, with Leonard Williams still on the board at No. 5, it's curious that they would pass on the player that many considered to be the best in the draft.

Guard or tackle? Either way, Brandon Scherff helps the Redskins up front.(USATSI)
Guard or tackle? Either way, Brandon Scherff helps the Redskins up front. (Getty Images)

For an on-field scouting report, we have this tidbit from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler:

“His upper body strength, along with proper hand placement and good knee bend, make Scherff a force in the running game. Balanced with a naturally wide base and light feet, controlling his momentum well. Outstanding drive blocker with the punch to jolt and drive his man where he wants with above average hand use to attack rushers, keeping separation between him and his target..ome hip and joint tightness. Can get himself in trouble when relying upon his strength, occasionally settling onto his heels rather than playing on the balls of his feet, which makes him susceptible to speed rushes upfield and quick counters back to the inside. Occasional missteps in pass protection can be corrected with more experience. Some question as to whether he will be able to stay on the left tackle in the NFL.”

Speaking of that upper-body strength, here's Scherff with the clean of all cleans: 

Per former NFL agent, Joel Corry, Scherff will earn $13.054 million in 2015 with $11.903 million as a signing bonus. 

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