Jabaal Sheard

Winners from Rounds 1-3: Cleveland Browns

If the season started on Thursday morning the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t have had a defensive line. Two days later the have added two quality starters and may have done more to upgrade their defense than any team in the league.

Phil Taylor will be the anchor of the Browns defensive line

Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard may not be sexy picks, but they’re exactly what the Browns needed. Both will start from day one, and they compliment each other well. Taylor is a space eater, much like Shaun Rogers. Sheard is a pure pass rusher, who will team with Marcus Benard to give the Browns a nice pass rush duo.

And of course the best move of the draft was the pick they didn’t use.

The Browns got a king’s ransom from the Falcons in exchange for the 6th overall selection. One of those picks was used on North Carolina receiver Greg Little, who will be given an opportunity to start and could eventually develop into a true No. 1 receiver. And most importantly, they added a 2012 1st rounder.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Browns Comments Off

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