Scherff Selected in 1st Round by Washington

April 30, 2015

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CHICAGO — University of Iowa senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff was selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Scherff was the fifth player picked overall.


A native of Denison, Iowa, Scherff is the first Hawkeye offensive lineman drafted since Riley Reiff was selected in the first round by Detroit in 2012. He is the 13th Hawkeye offensive lineman — and the fourth Hawkeye first-round offensive lineman — chosen in the NFL Draft since 2000.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff won the Outland Trophy and was named a consensus All-American after starting all 13 games in 2014 at left tackle. He had 36 total starts, including the final 26 games of his career.

Scherff was named first team All-Big Ten for a second straight season and was named Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior.

Iowa has now had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978.

The Redskins went 4-12 last season, fourth in the NFC East Division. Washington hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2012 when it selected quarterback Robert Griffin III out of Baylor. Griffin III went on to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year after throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, and running for 815 yards.

Jay Gruden is the head coach of the Redskins, entering his second season. Washington’s offensive line coach is Bill Callahan.

The Redskins open the season Sept. 13 against Miami. Their closest game to Iowa City is Dec. 13 at Chicago.

Scherff is the 56th player coached by Ferentz at the University of Iowa to be selected in the NFL Draft.

2015 NFL Draft
Round 1 Brandon Scherff Washington Redskins Offensive line
2014 NFL Draft
Round 3 C.J. Fiedorowicz Houston Tight end
Round 3 Christian Kirksey Cleveland Linebacker
Round 4 Anthony Hitchens Dallas Linebacker
2013 NFL Draft
Round 5 Micah Hyde Green Bay Defensive back
2012 NFL Draft
Round 1 Riley Reiff Detroit Offensive line
Round 4 Mike Daniels Green Bay Defensive line
Round 5 Adam Gettis Washington Offensive line
Round 5 Shaun Prater Cincinnati Defensive back
Round 6 Marvin McNutt Philadelphia Wide receiver
Round 7 Jordan Bernstine Washington Defensive back
2011 NFL Draft
Round 1 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Defensive end
Round 4 Christian Ballard Minnesota Defensive line
Round 5 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City Quarterback
Round 5 Karl Klug Tennessee Defensive line
Round 5 Julian Vandervelde Philadelphia Offensive line
Round 6 Tyler Sash New York Giants Defensive back
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Offensive line
Round 2 Pat Angerer Indianapolis Linebacker
Round 3 Amari Spievey Detroit Defensive back
Round 3 Tony Moeaki Kansas City Tight end
Round 4 A.J. Edds Miami Linebacker
Round 7 Kyle Calloway Buffalo Offensive line
2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive line
Round 6 Brandon Myers Oakland Tight end
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4 Kenny Iwebema Arizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
Round 4 Scott Chandler San Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back
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