Photo of Kory Sheets
Grade
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  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 208LBS. Weight

Overview

A consistent weapon in Purdue's spread offense, Sheets accumulated more than 2,200 yards rushing and 70 receptions during his first three seasons. However, it took a preseason knee injury to Jaycen Taylor in 2008 for Sheets to finally get an opportunity to show that he could carry the load.

With little help from inconsistent quarterback Curtis Painter, Sheets made honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2008 by rushing for 1,131 yards and adding 37 receptions. He also became Purdue's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (48). An impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl secured Sheets in the minds of NFL scouts as one of the more nationally underrated talents in an otherwise weak senior class of runners. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Lanky build with the room for additional mass without a significant loss of quickness. Quick to the hole. Agile. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Quickly gets to top speed and can accelerate through a gap and to the second level. Patient runner who follows his blocks, but can stick his foot in the ground and explode through holes. Good speed for the stretch play. Good vision for the cutback. Despite a lack of prototypical bulk and leg drive, is an extraordinarily effective runner near the goal-line. Good hands out of the backfield. Experienced kick returner with the vision and speed to contribute immediately in this area. Four year contributor who has never missed a game due to injury. Enjoyed a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl. Could have been hidden a bit by Purdue's reliance on the passing game and surprise at the next level. Negatives: Lacks the bulk and lower leg drive necessary for grinding out the tough yards. Only had one season as the team's primary back. Operated out of a spread offense, and will likely be forced to acclimate to a more pro-style offense in the NFL. Marginal effectiveness as a pass blocker. Supplies good effort, but simply lacks the strength to hold up. Complained about the struggles of the rest of the Purdue offense -- specifically quarterback Curtis Painter -- to the press.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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