Last year around this time, when the Redskins and general manager Scot McCloughan were trying to determine who might fit as the No. 5 overall pick, NFL analyst Charles Davis believed one of the team's prime targets, left tackle Brandon Scherff from Iowa, should really be a guard.
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"I moved him to guard in my position rating," Davis said in early April. "I didn't leave him at tackle; I made him my No. 1 guard in the position ranking. I think that's where he's going to be best."
That analysis proved true. After a week in training camp, and some time for head coach Jay Gruden to determine who fit best and where on the offensive line, Scherff was moved to right guard, while Morgan Moses took over the starting spot at right tackle.
The decision proved more than effective. Scherff, standing at 6-foot-5, 319 pounds, would only miss one snap – thanks to his cleat falling off – the entire season, growing into a strong blocker up the middle and forming a powerful right side.
"I think the more comfortable he gets, and remember, we're talking about a guy that moved into a position he hadn't played, he'd always been a tackle, always out on the edge, and things are different inside," Davis told Redskins.com at the NFL Combine. "But I thought body type, strength, I thought the way that he played the game fit."
Davis chose not to brag about his foresight. Instead he made even more predictions.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all to see him become a perennial pro bowl, All-Pro type of a guard because he has those types of skills and now with one year under his belt, going into this year, everything's not foreign anymore," he said. "Everything's not super-fast anymore. Now it's just adding some polish to some things. He's the type of kid that will work and get that done, have no doubt in my mind that we'll see him going to Pro Bowls and be listed on All-Pro lists coming up."