Redskins draft OL Brandon Scherff with fifth overall pick

By Jake Russell

The Washington Redskins selected Iowa guard Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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The Redskins wanted to upgrade their offensive line after allowing 58 sacks in 2014, the second-most in the NFL. The team opted not to re-sign free agent right tackle Tyler Polumbus this offseason. Scherff was touted as the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Protecting starting quarterback Robert Griffin III this season will be one of the most important indicators in how the offense performs.

Scherff, the 2014 Outland Trophy winner and unanimous Consensus All-American, can play both tackle and guard but Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said in a conference call with reporters Thursday night that he will be playing right tackle.

The 23-year-old is known for his strong run-blocking ability and tenacity.

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