Brandon Scherff has represented the Iowa football team well in the NFL since being selected 5th overall. Now, he hopes to rebound from a torn pec in 2018.
The success of first-round picks from the Iowa football program has been up and down, to say the least, but Brandon Scherff has not been one of those inconsistent high-round draft picks. In fact, he’s been quite the opposite. He’s been an anchor inside for the Washington Redskins for the past four seasons since being drafted 5th overall in the 2015 NL Draft.
This is exactly what the Redskins were hoping for when they selected Scherff, who had a fantastic career with the Iowa football team.
The Denison, Iowa native started 36 games for Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes and collected quite a bit of hardware in his time. He was twice named First Team All-Big Ten and was named an All-American twice (his senior season was unanimous). The 6’5” 315-pound guard also won the Outland Trophy Award and was named the Rimington Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten.
Since joining the NFL, the awards haven’t stopped. He made the All-Rookie team in 2015 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2016 and 2017. Although his 2018 was cut short due to injury, Scherff was having another solid season posting a 70.1 grade according to Pro Football Focus, which was 13th best at seasons end.
For the first time in his pro career though, there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding Brandon Scherff.
How does he come back from the pectoral injury that cost him half of the season, and can he be the driving force on the interior to protect Washington’s expensive investment in Dwayne Haskins and last year’s second-round pick out of LSU, Derrius Guice.
If he is able to show he is healthy, he may be in line for a handsome payday which could break the record for average per year value for a guard which is currently held by Dallas’ Zach Martin (which is $14 million per year).