Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sherrod starts slowly at Senior Bowl
By Chris Low
The Scouts Inc. team of Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl are breaking down the prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, and here are a few of their observations from Day 1 concerning former SEC players:
- Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, who's considered a first-round prospect by some, struggled with lateral agility and keeping a consistent pad level, according to McShay. Arizona's Brooks Reed twice beat Sherrod with quickness, once to the outside and another time with a double move, exploiting what the Scouts Inc. team described as a lack of mobility and tightness in hips.
- The Scouts Inc. team noted that Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee showcased his power, but didn't demonstrate a lot of speed. They question whether or not he has the ability to be a pass-rusher on the edge in the NFL.
- Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams measured at 6-foot-2 and weighed in at 236 pounds. Judging by those numbers alone, McShay thinks Williams projects as an H-back in the NFL or bigger receiver and not necessarily as a traditional tight end. McShay said of Williams, "He'll have to line up in the slot or at fullback in the passing game to create some favorable matchups, but he does not look big enough or strong enough to hold up as an inline blocker, which weakens his value."