Ignoring Brandon Scherff is cool with Brandon Scherff, but also bizarre

The Washington Redskins used a top-5 pick just last season on Brandon Scherff. Good. Nobody talks about the top-5 pick anymore. Weird.

ASHBURN -- Think about all the topics involving the Washington Redskins this summer. Seriously, stop for a minute and keep mental track or jot them down. I'll wait...

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Kirk Cousins, of course. Whether about the franchise tag, the unresolved contract or his expectations, the quarterback made your list. 

The walking headline that is Josh Norman. The reality that Josh Doctson still can't really run.

Bashaud Breeland blowing up. DeSean Jackson showing up.

Junior Galette's torn Achilles.  Matt Jones's sprained shoulder. Bryan Stork's limbo

Will Robert Kelley or Keith Marshall make the team. That Jay Gruden sat nearly the entire team. That Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris are no longer on the team.

Su'a "hybrid" Cravens. The trials of Nate Sudfeld. Richmond heat. Stephen Paea cooling. 

That Kendal Thompson catch. That Pierre Thomas hasn't caught on yet. That Greg Toler isn't allowing any catches.

Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Jr.. vs. Patrick Peterson, vs. Demaryius Thomas, vs. Roger Goodell. Josh Norman kicks a soccer ball. Josh Norman howls at the Moon.

Will Scot McCloughan relent and add a veteran runner. Will Shawn Lauvao recover from many surgeries. Will the Redskins repeat as NFC East champions.

No doubt you came up with many on this list, nodded to the ones you didn't and have a few others in reserve.

Good bet Brandon Scherff, the No . 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft just last year, never crossed your mind.

"Offensive guards do fly under the radar just because that’s their position," Gruden said during training camp in Richmond, "but he’s not going unnoticed by us. He’s doing an excellent job."

Some players would die of thirst without the constant quenching of media attention. Scherff doesn't drink from that well.

"That's OK with me," Scherff told Breaking Burgundy this week. "If people aren't saying your name, I think that's a good thing. You just have to go about doing your job and stay under the radar."

That the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder has done that even with so much attention centered on offensive line uncertainty speaks to the rock he's become.

Scherff played all but one snap as a rookie and that miss was over a shoe. Alongside tackle and fellow first-year starter Morgan Moses, he helped turn the right side of the offensive line into a strength. He helped the Redskins go from allowing 58 sacks in 2014 to 27 last season. Expectations are for more growth in 2016.

"We expect him to build on a solid rookie season," Gruden said Tuesday. "I think he played extremely well. ...It’s just a matter of putting it all together and continuing to improve and I think he’s got the mindset that you want in a right guard. He’s tough, he’s physical and he wants to be great.”


The mental part is where any indications of greatness may stem from in his sophomore campaign.


"The game has slowed down quite a bit," Scherff said." You get an extra year with the playbook so you understand things quite a bit more. Morgan and I talk to each other so much better than we did last year."


That's good Scherff has someone talking to him because nobody is talking about him, which is totally cool with Brandon Scherff.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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