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Derek Sherrod (OL)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    321 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    35 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    11 in.
  • College:
    Mississippi St.
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 32 (32)

Pick Analysis: General manager Ted Thompson strictly adheres to the premise of taking the best available player, and Sherrod is the best offensive linemen remaining on the board. He is an athletic edge blocker with outstanding feet, skills and technique discipline. Although he is not the splashy pick that some fans like, he is the kind of solid selection that will keep the Packers among the ranks of the elite for years to come.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash5.28 sec
  • Bench Press23.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump28.0 inch
  • Broad Jump97.0 inch
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.63 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Sherrod currently looks more like a backup but could be a future starting tackle if he can add quite a bit of bulk and strength. A nice blend of length and good feet, he can slide laterally with pass rushers and push them by the launch point but struggles to anchor against the bull rush. Could benefit from improving awareness against pressure looks. Uses positioning and instincts as a run blocker to create running lanes but isn't an effective drive blocker and won't push defenders backwards. Has a solid makeup but doesn't possess a non-stop motor or great aggressiveness. Early Day 3 grade.


Strengths

Sherrod possesses a nice combination of height and mobility. Gets set quickly and can push rushers past the pocket using his length and reach. Uses good positioning to wall-off defenders when run blocking. Has enough athleticism to get out and block in space. Effective when combo blocking.

Weaknesses

Needs to add bulk to his frame. Susceptible to the bull rush and violent moves. Also struggles at times against stunts and twists and can be baited out of position. Not a road-graded. Won't get too much movement off the line. Doesn't play with a lot of nastiness.

Grade

7.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Packers take Sherrod No. 32

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 11:51 p.m.

    The Green Bay Packers select Mississippi State OL Derek Sherrod with the 32nd overall pick in the 2011 draft.

  2. First Draft: Derek Sherrod

    Published: April 20, 2011 at 05:58 p.m.

    Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod talks about his style of play and love for the game in his first draft.

  3. 2011 Draft Profile - OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod.

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