Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Derek Sherrod is a talented athlete for a man his size. He can move well and has a pair of quick feet. He's great in pass protection and gets off the snap quickly. He handles both speed and power rushers well, although there will be times that he may struggle with some of the stronger defenders in the league. He does a good job of mirroring defenders and plays from a good base.
He's a good run blocker, too, although it's safe to say he's a better pass blocker than run blocker. He can seal the edges or open holes well. He can get into the second level to throw some blocks and has good balance when blocking, even when on the move. He is a smart player who does not give up on assignments and works hard on every play.
Sherrod could stand to add strength to his legs. This will help him against power rushers as he tries to gain leverage, as well as when he is blocking to make room for the ball carrier. He has a tendency to dive at defenders when throwing blocks in the open field, too. While he is a good athlete and moves well, he does not possess the athleticism of a Tyron Smith, and could get beat with countermoves. He could begin his career at right tackle and move to left if he eventually develops into a dominating tackle.
Sherrod was a regular at right tackle during his freshman season, playing in 11 of 13 games, and moved to left tackle the following year, starting ten of the 11 games in which he played. He was entrenched as the starter ever since. Gatorade named him the 2006 Mississippi High School Player of the Year.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Sherrod's stock may have seen a boost after his Combine performance. Some, including myself, expressed concern after he weighed in at 321 pounds, but he performed well on the field and the added weight didn't seem to limit him athletically. He's a good bet to go somewhere in the 20's to a team like the Indianapolis Colts (#22) or Philadelphia Eagles (#23). If he slides a little further, he could get picked up by a team like the Chicago Bears (#29) or Pittsburgh Steelers (#31).
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