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Jabaal Sheard, Pitt, 34 OLB prospect

Jabaal Sheard vs. Miami (2010) (via MARI0clp)

 

6-3, 265, 4.7 forty, 1.59 split

2010: 14.5 TFL, 9 sacks, 4 forced fumbles

He's been on the radar as a dark horse prospect for the late first round for a while now.  The more I look at his tape the more I like him.  He's got good length and athleticism.  His size, speed, and pass rushing prowess are prototypical for the 34 OLB position.  He seems pretty polished as a pass rusher and has a good arsenal of moves.  His swim move, in particular, is cobra-quick and seems to work with deadly effectiveness.  He seems a little slow with his get-off at times, but I like his burst when he times the snap right.  His 1.59 ten yard split seems to verify that burst I see.  I think he could benefit from rushing from a standing position at the next level rather than putting a hand in the dirt, as he did in college.  He seems very adept at using the threat of his speed/burst to set up his moves, and having more space to operate will only enhance his effectiveness.  The knock on him seems to be that he can be weak against the run at the point of attack.  I think some of that can be attributed to his relatively small size as a 43 DE in college; but on the Jets, as an OLB, his size will not work to his detriment.  At 265 he should be fine holding up in the running game. 

Some his naysayers will cite an incident in college where he through a guy through a glass door as a major red flag.  Some of his yaysayers will cite an incident in high school where he rescued an elderly woman from a burning building.  I won't try to sway your opinion regarding his character in either direction. 

Purely from a football standpoint, I like Jabaal a lot.  I think he would be a good fit with the Jets and has a good chance of reaching his maximum potential in our aggressive style of defense.  If the Jets picked him up in any round I'd be pretty excited about his potential here.

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