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Browns Address Defensive Line Again With Sheard; Upgrade Pass Rush With Pittsburgh DE At 37

A Pick That Makes Sense

NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on Jabaal Sheard:

Height: 6-2 7/8 | Weight: 264 | 40-Time: 4.69

Strengths:
• Adequate height and excellent bulk w/ solid frame
• More quick than fast but speedier with the pads on
• A polished pass rusher with a wide array of moves
• Technically sound with great leverage and hand use
• Outstanding instincts, awareness and football IQ
• A violent hitter and also a reliable tackler overall
• Relentless w/ non-stop motor and active in pursuit
• Tough, intense and competitive w/ nasty demeanor
• Could offer positional and schematic versatility
• Productive with a lot of high-quality experience

Weaknesses:
• Average athleticism, agility, change of direction
• Lacks top explosiveness, acceleration and a burst
• Not real powerful and will need to get stronger
• Doesn’t do great job of holding ground versus run
• Can be too aggressive and run himself out of plays
• Recently got into some trouble off of the field
• Battled injuries and durability may be a concern
• Could be maxed out and may not have much upside

Notes:
Was a three-year starter and team captain for the Panthers — Named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 — 1st Team All-Big East in 2010 and also garnered some All-American notice — Was suspended in the summer of 2010 after being arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest when he allegedly tossed a man through a glass door but was reinstated after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct — Awarded a bravery medal for helping an elderly woman escape from a burning home in Florida — Dealt with wrist, thumb and elbow injuries in 2010 but played in every game — Is also being looked at as a potential outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme — Really stepped up in absence of highly-touted teammate Greg Romeus and came through with a huge senior campaign — A bit of an overachieving ‘tweener who simply finds a way to get the job done despite  somewhat borderline measurables.

Russ’ Take: It’s clear the team needs to get to the QB more.  The defensive line is getting themselves a legit pass rusher.  Explosive player who can rush off the edge; good selection by the Browns on Day 2.  With their other second round pick (Atlanta’s choice at 59), they will look to find Colt McCoy a weapon.  The worst receiving group in the NFL needs some help.


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