Redskins' offensive lineman Brandon Scherff – the team's No. 5-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft – said his first week in the NFL has been a "good experience."*
Jason Hatcher's been around the league a few years, and knows a quality draft pick when he sees one.
So when the Washington Redskins selected standout Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff with the No. 5-overall pick April 30 at the NFL Draft in Chicago, Hatcher couldn't help but think to himself, "That was a hell of a pick."
"Hell of a pick," Hatcher repeated this week in an interview with Redskins.com TV's Larry Michael.
Scherff says he brings a nasty streak to the trenches, something that definitely appeals to Hatcher, who is entering his second year as a defensive end with the Redskins.
"I watched him on film, he's a very aggressive and violent person. If he gets you in a vulnerable situation, he's going to finish you. He's nasty, and that's what you expect out of your right tackle," Hatcher said. "I like him. He's just a rookie, but just watching him, [he] really gained my respect. He loves to play the game of football and I'm excited to see what he's going to do this year."
On Thursday – two days after signing his rookie contract with the Redskins – Scherff said he was happy that he's already earning the respect of his veteran teammates.
"That's what you come in and want to do as an incoming guy. You know, you want to earn the respect of everybody, and that's what my goal is," Scherff told Redskins.com. "It's just nice to know I'm doing something nice, at least, and you've got to keep working off of that."
Go behind the scenes with Brandon Scherff, the newest member of the Washington Redskins, immediately after his selection Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Chicago.
Scherff comes to the Redskins with plenty of accolades. He appeared in 43 games at Iowa from 2011 to 2014 with 36 starts. He emerged as the top offensive lineman in the country his senior year, when he received the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman.
With a new technician, Bill Callahan, hired to lead the offensive linemen, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden knew they just had to get the 23-year-old Scherff -- who stands at an imposing 6-foot-5 and weighs 319 pounds – to play opposite of three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.
So upon his arrival to Redskins Park this week, Williams was sure to let Scherff know that no moment will be too big for him.
"He just came up and introduced himself to me and said, 'Just relax and have fun with it, and keep working each day,'" Scherff said.
Already getting the opportunity to participate in three full days of on-field drills, workouts and meetings, Scherff admitted the professional game is "a little different than college," but said his first few days on the job have been "a good experience."
That experience continues on Friday with the start of rookie minicamp, where he'll continue to learn and develop under the likes of Callahan.
"You know he's going to work your butt off so that when gametime comes, you know exactly what to do and when to do it," Scherff said. "We're looking forward to minicamp."