Scherff has all the earmarks of becoming a solid NFL offensive lineman, but he may not be what fans and pundits think he is. Listed on many mock websites as a tackle, Scherff is actually projected by scouts and experts to be a guard in the NFL.
The Giants were hoping that a top OT would emerge from the pack this spring and they could implement their plan to move Justin Pugh, who struggled at RT last season, inside to plug the hole at guard. But that hasn't happened that we know of. They might be fooling themselves if they think Scherff is the guy who can force that change.
As per the NY Post's Paul Schwartz, the Giants have not selected a guard since they took Ohio State's John Hicks in 1974. Although Hicks was a celebrated college player (who actually finished second in the Heisman voting), he was somewhat of a bust for the Giants...
Schwartz agrees that Scherff, if drafted, will fill the hole at guard for the Giants:
Since then (1974), the Giants used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman only six times, most recently in 2013 on Justin Pugh. Only once did they take an interior offensive lineman, in 1989, and that was for a center, Brian Williams, out of Minnesota. Otherwise, it’s been tackles (Pugh, Luke Petitgout in 1999, Eric Moore in 1988, William Roberts in 1984 and Gordon King in 1978).
This brings us to Brandon Scherff, rated most everywhere as the top offensive line prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft. He was a left tackle at Iowa, but no one really thinks he projects as a left tackle at the next level. Right tackle, maybe, but more likely a top-tier guard.
The Giants can't afford to experiment with the No. 9 pick. Taking Scherff would upgrade the offensive line, which is needed, but they would still remain thin at tackle. He would be hard to pass on, but then again, so would some of the other players who may be available when the time comes.
I would not protest the selection of Schwartz if it were made because the offensive line has been the poster child of the Giants' recent fall from grace. It would throw a monkey wrench in the team's plan and Pugh will stay at RT. Not the worst scenario. Pugh was hurt last season and that contributed to his slip in production.
Scherff, if drafted, would join Geoff Schwartz as the likely tackles, Pugh at RT with Weston Richburg at center and Will Beatty at LT.
Drafting Scherff would complete the retooling of the offensive line with quality people. Pugh and Scherff are first rounders. Beatty and Richburg are second rounders and Schwartz is a big-ticket UFA signee.
But don't ever try to predict what the Giants will do in the draft. They've been predictably unpredictable. Last year, many knew how they felt about Odell Beckham, Jr. and he was mocked to them at No. 12 by more than a few pundits.
This year, at No. 9, the world is their oyster and GM Jerry Reese has not ruled out anything.
"Best player available," said Reese at last month's NFL Combine. "We will take the best player on the board."