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Prospect Profiles: Derek Sherrod

DEREK SHERROD, OT, Mississippi State

Triangle Numbers: 6-6, 305, 5.15

SCOUTING REPORTS:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Ideal height and good bulk with large hands
• Quick and agile with above average athleticism
• Light on feet. Able to slide and mirror laterally
• Good footwork, balance and body control
• Technically sound and uses his hands well
• Understands positioning and angles
• Great pass blocker and can protect the edge
• Does a solid job in the run game as a drive blocker
• Effective in space and can get to the second level
• Smart with excellent instincts and awareness
• Mature, hard working and a leader
• Is tough and has proven to be durable
• Tons of experience versus top competition

Weaknesses:
• Just average strength and overall power
• Doesn’t have real long arms but adequate
• Will get tall and lose leverage at times
• Not overly stout at the point of attack
• Has some trouble anchoring and sustaining
• Isn’t a dominant road grading run blocker
• Not overly aggressive and may lack a killer instinct

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Very solid athlete… Good length and long arms… Good pass blocker… Sets up quickly… Solid knee bend… Good lateral movement and slide… Mirrors well… Good footwork… Hard worker… Good arm extension and hand placement… Good base strength and anchor, holds his ground well… Can control defender once he locks on… Keeps his feet moving through the action… Good run blocker… Fires off the line into his run blocks, explodes out of his stance… Gets good position and walls off opponent… Very solid drive blocker… Can pull and get to the second level, brings his feet… Plays with good balance, seldom on the ground… Takes good angles… Solid flexibility and body control… Good position blocker, does a nice job walling off defenders and sealing them from running lanes… Plays with reasonably good balance when run blocking… Finishes his assignments… Heady, smart, good football IQ… Has some potential as a Left Tackle.

Negatives: Doesn’t always get good depth in his kick step… Struggles a bit staying in front of quick countermoves… Will stop his feet on contact… Will occasionally overextend and lunge to reach the edge… Will often lunge to make contact in space… Doesn’t always do an especially good job bringing his feet… Doesn’t dominate at the POA… Not especially strong at POA, needs to improve lower body strength… Base gets a little too wide, leans into some blocks… Doesn’t appear to play with a lot of aggression.

Mocking The Draft:

Agility: Is a very good athlete for the position. Can move around with ease and doesn’t have heavy feet. Very fluid. Is decent on the move.

Movement: Sherrod has good movement in the short area. He’s fine moving left, right and backward. Where he struggles some is going forward. When Sherrod is on the move, he tends to lunge at defenders and lose leverage.

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Pass blocking: Is exceptionally light on his feet with great quickness and agility. Has a very good first move to beat speed rushers to the outside. Against power rushers, Sherrod gets good knee bend to absorb and redirect. Has to get better using his hands to work inside. Struggles when stronger defenders get inside his pads and drive him back. Doesn’t always finish off blocks.

Quickness: Sherrod has elite foot quickness, which is what makes him such a good pass blocker. Really fires off the snap. Doesn’t get beat to the first move by defensive linemen.

Run blocking: Is solid as a run blocker. Does well holding up defensive linemen, but doesn’t always overpower defenders. Properly works defenders to the inside allowing rushers to work outside. Uses his quickness to seal the outside to allow inside rushing lanes. However, Sherrod doesn’t have the leg strength to power defenders backward. Could be nastier as a blocker.

Strength: Possesses only average strength. Will need to get stronger to handle power rushers in the NFL. Has an athletic frame, so you wonder how much bulk he’ll be able to add. Needs to especially get stronger in his lower body.

Technique: Maintains good balance, even against powerful defenders. That’s thanks to getting good knee bend. Hand usage needs refinement. Gets his arms too wide instead of keeping them in the defender’s chest. Will struggle at times to pick up stunts.

Final word: Sherrod has started since his freshman season at Mississippi State. He played his first year at right tackle before moving to the left side. He’s made his name as an athletic left tackle who can handle speed rushers.

Where he needs to get better is in the power aspects of the game. He doesn’t drive block especially well and can be moved around by power rushers. It would also be nice to see Sherrod play with more of a mean streak and finish off more blocks.

GIANTSGAB FINAL THOUGHTS:

Sherrod is intriguing. First round pick, most likely. Very productive, played in the SEC. Has all the physical tools. Very good pass blocker. Good run blocker. Occasionally gets sloppy with technique, but nothing that a NFL line coach can’t fix. If the Giants are in the market for an offensive tackle in the first round, Sherrod would be a nice choice. It’s a risk taking a potential left tackle in the first round. But Sherrod seems like a safe, productive, good pick. He gets the GiantsGab endorsement at pick #19.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

OT

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

Rodney Hudson

CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

TE

Kyle Rudolph

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

Mason Foster, LB, Washington

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

WR:

Jerrel Jernigan

DL

Aldon Smith

Jarvis Jenkins


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