CHICAGO, IL (WWBT/AP) - The Washington Redskins have taken Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff with the No. 5 pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
The choice Thursday night addresses one of Washington's many needs - improving the right side of the Redskins' offensive line.
Scherff, listed at 6-foot-5 and about 320 pounds, is new general manager Scot McCloughan's first draft pick for Washington.
This was also the first time the Redskins had drafted in the first round since using the No. 2 overall selection in 2012 to get quarterback Robert Griffin III. That pick was obtained in a trade with the St. Louis Rams that cost the Redskins a bevy of choices, including first-rounders in 2013 and 2014.