Jabaal Sheard scouting report

Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 264

Strengths:
Three-year starter. Impressive athleticism and quickness for his size. Coming off a dominant senior year. Has flashed the ability to be a dominant edge rusher at times. Quick first step off the snap and capable of easily beating less athletic offensive tackles. May have the ability to shift to linebacker in 3-4 scheme. Hard hitter; forced four fumbles in 2010.
Weaknesses:
Slow developing player who didn’t reach his full potential until senior year – is he a one-year wonder? Suffered a knee injury in 2009 offseason. Missed final collegiate game after undergoing elbow surgery. Arrested and pled guilty to disorderly conuct for his role in a fight in 2010; led to two-week suspension.
Comments:
Sheard has the potential to develop into a starter, but there are a lot of questions surrounding his character. First, teams will want to know about the circumstances of his arrest, which is always a red flag. Second, teams will need to learn more about what led to his sudden improvement in 2010. Any player who suddenly takes his game to another level as a senior has to be looked at skeptically – sometimes they simply figured it out, but others turned it on with NFL money as their motivating factor. I don’t know the reason behind Sheard’s jump, but teams will be able to get a better understanding from interviews with Sheard, as well as his college coaches.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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