Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linesman Brandon Scherff (68) blocks against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Scherff, G
College team: Iowa
Size: 6’5″. 319 lbs
Speed: 40yd-5.05, 10yd-1.80
Measurements: Arms-33 and 3/8″, Hands-11″
Brandon Scherff won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman in 2014 at Iowa. He was a dominant left tackle particularly in the running game. Scherff didn’t lift well at the combine because of an injury.
Scherff may be able to play right tackle in the NFL, but he would be best at guard. If Scherff is plugged in at G, he may have a similar impact to that of Zach Martin for the Cowboys in 2014. Scherff is known as a weight room warrior at Iowa.
Scherff is a very strong run blocker. He can move the defender in front of him or get to the second level and take out linebackers and defensive backs. Scherff, like Collins is a mean and nasty blocker who finishes well.
Scherff is quick for a big man and can recover when beaten. He has played through injuries displaying his toughness. Scherff is a smart player on the field and can fit into most blocking systems quickly if plugged in at guard.
Scherff has problems with speedy pass rushers
Scherff has problems with speedy pass rushers. His balance is questionable on the outside and he needs to work on keeping his feet in position on pass protection. His weight room prowess may have taken flexibility away from his lower body which could prevent him from adjusting to outside rushes.
Scherff must get more consistent with his run blocking also. He can tend to relax on plays after his initial block. Scherff may end up as a major liability on the edge which would also take something away from his dominant run blocking.
Scherff would be the best guard on the Redskins roster if they drafted him. As with Collins, he would start somewhere along the offensive line, probably at RG. His pass blocking deficiencies would not be dramatically exposed inside.
In offensive line coach, Bill Callahan’s, power blocking system, Scherff could be a pro-bowl level guard just like Zach Martin was for him in Dallas. McCloughan could target Scherff in a trade down for that reason since there are no great pass blockers available in this draft.
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