2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Derek Sherrod
In the recent past, we’ve seen offensive linemen like Jake Long, Joe Thomas and Trent Williams get taken near the very top of the first round.
While the 2011 O-line class may not have those “can’t miss” kinds of prospects at the top, there are still several very solid players that will likely be had somewhere in the middle of the first round.
Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod fits the bill.
Player Name: Derek Sherrod
School: Mississippi State
Height: 6’5 3/8
Arm: 35 3/8
Sherrod’s best physical attributes are his speed and agility. He’s very light on his feet for a guy his size, and that helps him get off the snap very quickly. By doing so, he’s usually able to prevent speed rushers from beating him with their first move. Sherrod is especially effective in pass blocking due to his foot speed. Despite his average strength, he has great balance, which helps him to get good leverage against stronger opposing players. Sherrod is very good at cutting off the inside, forcing rushers to work to the outside, away from the backfield. He has great experience as well, as he’s started since he was a freshman.
As mentioned above, Sherrod needs to add some strength and bulk to his frame. He has great height, but at 300 pounds, is smaller than your standard NFL offensive lineman. He gets his hands and arms too far outside from time to time, which allows the opposition to hit him in the chest and push him backwards. While he’s a great pass blocker, his run blocking needs some work. Adding lower body strength will help Sherrod in driving forward and pushing guys back. Another criticism of his game is that he doesn’t always finish off a block, which allows a rusher’s secondary move to work effectively against him.
Due to the lack of a clear-cut top prospect at this position, Sherrod could go anywhere from the mid-first to early-second round of the draft. In his most recent mock, Keet Bailey has Green Bay taking Sherrod at No. 25 overall. A team with a shaky left side of the line would be well suited to consider him due to his elite pass blocking skill. Getting your quarterback killed from the blindside isn’t particularly desirable, I’d imagine, so Sherrod has great value there. His solid athleticism should help him in his pre-draft workouts, and if he can bulk up, his stock could rise by April.
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