Iowa Football: Two former Hawkeyes named to PFF All-Pro team

A pair of former Iowa football players were named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team for their outstanding performance during the 2020 NFL season.

Two former anchors along the Iowa Hawkeyes‘ offensive line were recognized by Pro Football Focus on Monday.

Washington Football Team right guard Brandon Scherff and Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Tristan Wirfs were each named to PFF’s All-Pro team. Both were second-team selections.

Scherff, a first-round pick by Washington in 2015, has been the Football Team’s best offensive lineman this season. Across 857 offensive snaps, he allowed just three sacks.

Scherff has been considered one of the best interior linemen in the NFL for a few years, so it only makes sense PFF finally got it right this time and named him an All-Pro. He has been named to four Pro Bowls in his six seasons.

During his time at Iowa, Scherff was unanimously selected as an All-American and was awarded the Outland Trophy and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014.

Wirfs, the rookie first-rounder for the Buccaneers, has been a key cog in protecting quarterback Tom Brady this season. His PFF grade of 82.2 ranks second at the right tackle position. He allowed just one sack, but was not selected to the Pro Bowl.

Just last year, Wirfs was named a first-team All-American for the Hawkeyes. And, like Scherff, was the Big Ten’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. Incredibly, Wirfs is still just 21 years old. His quarterback has been playing in the NFL for almost as long as Wirfs has been alive.

Both Wirfs and Scherff will be taking part in the NFL Playoffs, as well. In fact, they’ll be facing each other. The Buccaneers face the Washington Football Team on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Wild Card Round.