Scouting Report:

Sherrod may not be an elite LT prospect but he should have a long career at LT in the NFL.

Positives: Sherrod has good size, arm length and seems to be pretty athletic. He has a good first step out of his stance as a run and pass blocker and that helps him get in position to mirror pass rushers in pass protection and also enables him to get into position to block down on defensive tackles or to wall off defensive ends in the run game. He seems to have pretty long arms and looks comfortable in his kick slide and is fundamentally sound as a pass blocker. Gets out of his set comfortably, rarely plays too high and sits back in his stance well. Has a wide base, bends at the knees and not at the waist and sustains blocks fairly well when he can get his hands on the player. Very occasionally flashes ability as a drive blocker in the run game, but these instances are fairly rare. However, he does a good job as a wall-off/seal blocker and has shown some ability to get to the second level consistently. Flashes the ability to effectively cut block defenders though I don’t think he was asked to do this consistently, but when asked I saw him execute it well.

Negatives: Sherrod may have good size but he does not offer much as a run blocker. He will wall off defenders and get in their way, but he will not shock them off the line and drive them downfield except for in rare instances or when he gets his hands on a linebacker on the second level. He doesn’t look especially comfortable in space out on screens for instance and lumbers a bit when asked to run in the open field. He struggles with his initial punch as a run blocker and I also think he needs work on it as a pass blocker, and doesn’t seem to be very aggressive/nasty in the trenches. He struggles to sustain blocks as a run blocker and a lot of this has to do with him bending at the waist, leaning into his blocks as a run blocker. It’s very strange to me that he does this as he rarely does this as a pass blocker. However it hurts his balance and makes it easier to shed his blocks. He also doesn’t seem to be extremely strong despite his size and could use more upper and lower body strength in my estimation. He has a good base and can handle bull rushes pretty well, but more lower body strength would definitely be welcome in those instances. It would also help him drive block more effectively if he can improve his technique when run blocking (he flashes good technique in this area but it is not consistent). He also seems likely to struggle with smaller, faster defensive ends that can fly off the edge, and this theory seemed to hold up when watching him. He also needs to work on his hand usage as he struggles to recover when his man slaps his hands away and prevents him from initiating contact the first time he attempts to engage.

Overall: Sherrod is a pretty good tackle prospect. I don’t think he will ever be a pro-bowler, but for a team that really needs LT help Sherrod should be able to help you out. He will struggle with elite pass rushers in my opinion, especially if he plays LT, but he should be able to provide relatively good pass protection for the majority of his career. I expect that he will have a long career in the NFL, but it probably won’t be an overwhelmingly impressive one. He is a pretty good pass blocker but he doesn’t offer much as a run blocker. He won’t ever be an effective run blocker in a man blocking scheme that demands a lot of drive blocking, but he shows some ability to be effective in a zone blocking scheme that demands a different kind of run blocking. He wouldn’t have to drive players off the line of scrimmage, he would have to get off the ball, get in position and help create seams by walling blockers off or by cutting them at the line of scrimmage. I think that would probably be his best fit, even though he probably won’t be very smooth at pulling or at getting out on screens. It might not look pretty, but once he gets there he may not be a bad puller or blocker out on screens. I just haven’t had a chance to see him do very much of either.

Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd. If you can play LT in the NFL it’s going to be hard for you to go unnoticed and it’s going to be even harder for you to slide on draft day. This is a weak OT class, especially for left tackles, so I would be pretty surprised if he made it out of the first round, especially past Chicago.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.0
Pass Blocking: 3.5
Run Blocking: 3.0
Footwork: 3.5
Technique: 3.5
Mobility: 3.0
Mean Streak: 3.0

Thanks for reading, sorry for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been extremely busy and sick, so it’s been tough to find time to watch a lot of tape and write up scouting reports. But it’s crunch time now so I should be churning them out more consistently in the next couple of weeks before the draft, so check in regularly!

–Tom