Jabaal Sheard Scouting Report

Jabaal Sheard

Height: 6’3
Weight: 264
College: Pittsburgh
40 Time: 4.68
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 3rd Round

Stats

2010 – 52 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 9.0 sacks
2009 – 42 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks
2008 – 45 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2007 – 3 tackles

Overview:

Jabaal Sheard is an interesting prospect to say the least. He has been productive in college but I wonder how productive he can be as a pass-rusher in the NFL. He played LDE in college but he would have trouble there in the NFL due to his lack of strength. He could easily be dominated against the run by stronger RT’s. On the flip side, he wouldn’t be a great RDE because he isn’t an explosive pass-rusher. He has a good first step but doesn’t have great edge speed and looks stiff. He will have a role in the NFL but I think the rumors about him being a 1st rounder are laughable.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Solid size
– Productive
– 3 year starter
– Has a good first step
– Offers a nice variety of pass-rush moves
– Shows the ability to get low for his bull-rush
– Flashes a nice spin and swim move
– Terrific closing speed
– Does a good job of recognizing the quick pass and getting his hands up
– Explosive tackler
– Shows the ability to keep contain against the run
– Team leader
– Good character

Negatives

– Lacks strength at the POA
– Can get pushed around too easily in the run game
– Struggles against double teams
– Doesn’t have great edge speed
– Looks stiff and isn’t very flexible
– Needs to use his hands better to get off blocks
– Gets too upright and has to play with better leverage
– Too often does a poor job of timing the snap count
– Gives up on plays too early from the backside
– Previously arrested but wrongly assumed to have character concerns

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Point Of Attack: 2.0
Recognition: 3.0
Motor: 2.5
Pro Potential: 2.5

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