Kendall Sheffield

Ohio State
CB

Prospect Info

College
Ohio State
Hometown
Class
Missouri City, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
193 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.56
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Atlanta
Falcons
Round 4 ‧ Pick 9
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Sheffield signed with Alabama for the 2015 season as a high school All-American and top-five cornerback prospect nationally out of Missouri City, Texas. He redshirted that fall but then decided to transfer from Tuscaloosa, signing with Blinn Junior College for the 2016 season so he did not have to sit out a year. Sheffield joined the Buckeyes for the 2017 season, played in all 14 games (three starts) making 40 tackles with nine pass breakups. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a junior, posting 35 stops, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups in 14 starts. Sheffield's speed is intriguing to scouts, as he won back-to-back 110-meter hurdles championships in high school and broke an Ohio State record with 6.6 60-yard dash February 2018.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Jalen Myrick
Overview
Inconsistent outside cornerback prospect with rare speed and explosiveness, but lacking the ball skills and instincts of an NFL cornerback. Sheffield has the twitch for ball production underneath and the long speed to handle vertical workers, but his inconsistency to find and play the football once it comes out of the quarterback's hands is problematic. Relative to his fluctuating career, his ceiling is fairly high thanks to his speed and explosiveness, but he needs to prove he’s more than just a fast guy.
Strengths
  • Explosive athlete with tremendous speed
  • Athletic traits create ball production opportunities
  • Can stay hip-to-hip with vertical burners
  • Movements are fluid and very athletic
  • Foot quickness to become more adept in road-blocking routes
  • Loose hips offer easy rotation to open
  • Twitchy to plant-and-drive on ball from all areas of the field
  • Locates receiver's hands for catch challenge
  • Swats aggressively through receiver's hands
  • Plus make-up burst to recapture positioning
  • Much better patience and control this season over last
Weaknesses
  • Play tends to fluctuate from game to game
  • Technique still a work in progress
  • Gets overextended when mirroring press release
  • Big receivers can drive through his attempts to jam
  • Despite his speed, can get beat deep
  • Ball skills are way below average
  • Loses position during ball-tracking phase
  • Allows receivers to take over catch-space
  • Never finds football when back is to the ball
  • Below-average instincts and route recognition
  • Run support lacks aggression and urgency
Sources Tell Us

"He might be the worst with his back to the ball that I studied this year. That Michigan game was a bad look because those touchdowns should have been defended but he just never finds it." - NFC area scout

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GRADE
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