Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue

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Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue

Postby Pudge » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:30 pm

Kory Sheets
5-11/207 Purdue
4.47 Senior

Pros: Has good speed and home run potential. Can be dangerous in the open field, able to make guys miss on the second level. Is a natural receiver and does a good job adjusting to the ball in the air. Can be good after the catch as well. Has good patience and balance. Is a decent kickoff returner as well.

Cons: Tends to shy away from contact, making him tentative when he's running up the middle. Doesn't have great burst or acceleration, making him not quite as effective when he's asked to change directions. Lacks power and tends to be inconsistent in pass protection.

Overview: Sheets is your classic third down back prospect at the next level. He has lots of speed, but doesn't have the build or running style that is going to take a lot of punishment at the next level. He's a guy that will have a far greater impact as a receiver than a runner. Has been critical of his coach and QB during his senior year, touting their inconsistency and suggesting he should get the ball more. Had his best year as a senior with 1,131 yards and 16 touchdowns.

NFL Forecast: I think he can make a solid third down back once he improves his blocking in pass protection. When he does that, he'll be a nice candidate there. Will never be a great runner. Will be able to provide some home run potential, but he's more dangerous on screens and probably working in the slot than he would be coming out of the backfield. The type of guy that could catch 50 passes a year, but if he ever has more than 500 yards rushing, I'd be surprised. On special teams, he can contribute as a return man, but probably won't be anything special there.

ATL Forecast: Sheets is another candidate to replace Norwood if need be in a year or two. He has the big speed and receiving ability, but like Norwood would be a work in progress at the beginning as far as pass protection goes. But after a year or two, he should be fine there. Won't be as good as Norwood, but a similar style player, that isn't as valuable as a runner as he is as a receiver and special teams player.

Value: Sheets is worth a sixth round pick for a team looking to upgrade its third down back with a nice change of pace runner.
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