In the Washington Redskins Draft They Chose #5 Brandon Scherff for Their NFL Pick
It was most likely a huge surprise to many people that they passed on Leonard Williams from USC to take Scherff, but anybody watching Jay Gruden‘s style of play last year knows that they needed offensive line help desperately. Scherff is a good mesh of technician and brute force mauler, and is fast for his size. One thing he is – he is tough.
He brings a lot to the table in his position. Scherff was never on the list of the over-hyped linemen from Iowa. He can, however, take up position at either right tackle or left guard, lining up beside Trent Williams. Should anything happen to Williams, now Gruden had a go-to guy who can handle the vacancy.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths – It’s no surprise that Scherff is probably the most fundamentally sound of all the offensive linemen in this class of the draft. He has the size (6’5″, 319 lbs.) and has good range. He is a great second-level blocker who can target defenders out in space. He is an absolute weight room goliath and it shows as he plays. He understands the game and exhibits extreme power and leverage coming off both 2 and 3-point stances.
Scherff can set the edge extremely well and walls defenders out. He has a solid grasp of blocking principles and can transition from his first blocking assignment into the next effortlessly. He keeps his eyes up and stays aware of his surroundings. He keeps himself accountable and was a 4-year member of his school’s leadership group.
Weaknesses – When it comes to lateral movement it is not Scherff’s best asset. He struggles sometimes to keep his leverage while moving outside. As long as he is moving in a straight line he is a terror, but lateral movement leaves him just a little out of sorts. As stated, he hits second-level targets very well, but may need to work a little on maintaining his blocks. He tends to veer off at times allowing tackles to take place.
When he’s in pass protection he likes to face up, using his power rather than finesse to define his approach to the pocket. He is capable of being beaten by quick edge rushers who come at him from either side if he cannot mirror their movement. A good quick outside move can throw him.
In his sophomore season he had his ankle broken and his fibula dislocated. Another drawback is his arm length (33 3/8 inches) for his position. Most NFL analysts see him better suited as a guard.