Except that the '17 board was put together by him and the scouts. For some reason people want to give credit for '17 to anyone BUT the guy who was putting the board together for the previous year, as if they would toss out his board and rebuild it from scratch in six weeks.
I despised the Scherrf pick and didn't like his '15 class. The '15 class has a pro bowl caliber guard, a solid if erratic pass rusher, a mega reach that everyone everywhere except DC thought was insane in Matt Jones, Crowder was an excellent pick and a great value. I liked Spaight but it hasn't happened, Ky Jarrett was actually a hit, but suffered a career ending injury, considering the caliber of his play, that was a tremendous pick. The rests were misses.
The '16 class had Doctson, a prospect I loved, but he's been hurt one year and inconsistent at best in year 2, Cravens was a lot pick due to mental make up issues and the concussion, Kendall Fuller was a mega hit, probably his best pick period and you don't even mention him which is odd. Ioaniddis has turned around and actually become a starter caliber player, not bad for a 5th rounder. I liked Daniels and Marshall but neither could stay healthy. I hated Sudfeld and am not surprised he was a bust.
Whatever you like about the '17 class you need to give him at bare minimum at least partial credit. Maybe the cowboys like to halfarse their offseason (at least based on reports regarding why they didn't go after Mathieu, or make a clear and coherent plan to address the future with Dez etc), but I seriously doubt McCloughan had nothing, not even a board set up as of early March 2017. That's just ludicrous, and there's no way in hell we could rebuild it from scratch either.
There's things he did that I hated, and things he did that I liked, but you're misrepresenting his work a great deal in the post above, ignoring his best pick (fuller), soft selling a great pick in Crowder just because the Redskins, like every other team in the league other than Minnesota, didn't recognize the hidden talent in local top Maryland recruit Stefan Diggs, ignoring Ky Jarrett, ignoring Preston's Smith quality seasons, which are precisely why he's been so damn frustrating (8, 4.5, 8 sacks in 3 seasons, and 30, 39, and 42 tackles, smells like Brian Orakpo light (Orakpo had 27 sacks in his first 3 years to Smith's 20, and sat between 50 and 60 tackles per year, so far Smith's basically produced at about 2/3's what we got for Orakpo (Smith drafted around 40, Orakpo around 11th or 12th or whatever), he's basically a borderline league average edge/4-3 DE so far. Not great, not bad, just, mediocre, which is what he sounded like when we picked him (which is why the pick bothered me at the time, but I was probably too critical. Just had that distinct Kenard Lang stink to it, that pick).
In '15 I graded that draft a D+ or C- at the time. In retrospect it probably deserves a B-.
I loved the '16 draft and gave it a B+, but in reality, it looks more like a C right now.
The '17 class was built on his board. Had some hits, and misses, but overall, looks like a B+ right now. He didn't make the picks, but he did have a huge role in that putting that board together. To my mind he wasn't as good as I had hoped he'd be, but he was solid, and far better than the clown hopefully we kick to the curb in the next week or two.
Of course Id kick them both to the curb in a second for Sashi Brown.