By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Yesterday, we looked at a talented offensive guard that the Steelers might be interested in drafting. Today, we’ll introduce you to a highly rated offensive tackle.

Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State:

Height: 6-5
Weight: 321 lbs.
40-Time: 5.20

Career Highlights:
Started 35 career games in his career…..High character player……Team captain in 2010…..He has the versatility to play on the right or left side, but projects best as a starting left tackle in the NFL.

Pass Blocking:
Sherrod possesses good arm length (35 3/8”) and a great initial first step in pass protection. He does a great job against speed rushers, using his quick feet to cut off edges. Sherrod recognizes stunts and blitzes very well, and does a good job being patient and covering his assignment. Against power rushers Sherrod struggles to stay on balance and gives up leverage too often. He is built top heavy and will need to improve the strength of his base at the next level.

Run Blocking:
Sherrod has the quickness to seal the edge in the running game and gets to the next level fast. He tends to come off the ball too upright against the run allowing defenders to gain a leverage advantage. He does not consistently show the ability to drive block or power defenders out of the way. Sherrod stands up defenders well but doesn’t display the strength to re-direct.

Sherrod’s footwork can be inconsistent at times and tends to get worse as he gets tired. When it’s on, he has quick, light feet and a nice kick step to put him in proper pass blocking position. He doesn’t get crossed up by stunts or blitzes. Sherrod keeps his feet wide allowing for a good base in pass protection. In the run game he is more quick than fast, and is a fairly fluid looking athlete.

More on Sherrod:
2010: Finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (often referred to as the “Academic Heisman”), won the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Award as a scholar athlete….Sherrod is a business major who graduated with a 3.54 GPA in his college career……was one of only 16 players in the country to earn the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Award, given to exceptional scholar athletes and includes a post graduate scholarship……. In addition, Sherrod was a four-year member of MSU’s community service club, and even organized a Thanksgiving food drive. These qualities are the types of intangibles that can set a player like Sherrod aside from others come draft day.

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