Packers Pick Offensive Lineman With 32nd Pick

Aaron Rodgers Can’t Complain

NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on Derek Sherrod:

Strengths:
• Ideal height and good bulk with large hands
• Quick and agile with above average athleticism
• Light on feet. Able to slide and mirror laterally
• Good footwork, balance and body control
• Technically sound and uses his hands well
• Understands positioning and angles
• Great pass blocker and can protect the edge
• Does a solid job in the run game as a drive blocker
• Effective in space and can get to the second level
• Smart with excellent instincts and awareness
• Mature, hard working and a leader
• Is tough and has proven to be durable
• Tons of experience versus top competition

Weaknesses:
• Just average strength and overall power
• Doesn’t have real long arms but adequate
• Will get tall and lose leverage at times
• Not overly stout at the point of attack
• Has some trouble anchoring and sustaining
• Isn’t a dominant road grading run blocker
• Not overly aggressive and may lack a killer instinct

Notes:
Was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Bulldogs and served as a team captain — Brother, Dezmond, also played at Mississippi State as a tight end (2003-2007), spent some time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is currently with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL — Also had scholarship offers from schools like Florida, Miami (FL), Notre Dame and Michigan — Saw extensive action in a backup capacity as a true freshman in ’07 — Missed one game with a foot infection in ’08 — Was named 1st Team All-SEC in 2010 — Also excelled in the classroom, graduating Cum Laude with a degree in business and receiving the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award — The type who does everything well but nothing great — Possesses both the physical tools and intangibles that you look for in a left tackle prospect — Not particularly flashy but very consistent and arguably the best all – around blocker in this class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HG8AW-S198

Russ’ Take: Packers follow up Bears with an offensive tackle of their own.  Smart move when you’re going against Julius Peppers.  Plus, you see what the Lions are doing?  Also, you have to keep Aaron Rodgers upright.  Green Bay is an excellent draft team and they continue their ways with Sherrod.


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