Does a good job hitting his assignments as a lead blocker and shows nice pop in a short area. Can peel back and take out the penetrating defender, showing good vision and ability to adjust in space. Is physical, and not afraid to square up a defensive lineman. Shows ability to cut a defender on the edge. Has godo hands and makes the catch in the flat. Runs with some power after the catch to break tackles. Contributes on special teams.
Lacks great speed and burst to the hole. Not super powerful and won't really deliver a major blow to defender in the hole. Doesn't always square up and deliver the hit in short-yardage. Will miss some assignments when blocking out on the edge at times.
Sherman is a solid lead blocker that is consistent and shows ability to contribute in the passing game. He's not a bulldozer, but has enough power and pop to think that if he gets bigger, he can be one of the better fullbacks at the next level. A full-time starter for three years at UConn, and helped open holes for 3 1000-yard rushers in Donald Brown, Andre Dixon, and Jordan Todman. During his UConn career, he caught 48 passes for 477 yards (9.9 avg) and 1 touchdown, with his most productive season coming as a sophomore with 26 grabs. Also rushed the ball 17 times for 61 yards (3.6 avg).
Sherman should be able to come in right away and contribute as a lead blocker. He'll definitely find a niche on special teams. While he won't be great off the bat, he should be a functional starter that should get better as the season wears on. By the time he hits his second or third year, he should be considered an asset for a running game. As a receiver, he's not a guy that is going to catch a ton of passes, but can be good on dumpoffs and checkdowns to the degree of perhaps catching 15-25 passes a year depending on the offense. Not really going to be a factor as a runner, but might get an occasional rep on short yardage or the goalline. He'll probably bulk up a bit more an add some more muscle like 10-15 pounds, which should make him a more powerful lead blocker. He's a guy that has the potential to be one of the better lead blockers in the league and will work well on a team that wants to run the ball.
Sherman would be a nice developmental backup to Mughelli. He can make the roster right off the bat because of his ability to play on special teams, and has much more polish as a lead blocker than Snelling does. With a year or two's worth of development playing behind Mughelli, some of his smashmouth potential should start to rub off, although he probably will never be quite as hard-nosed as Mughelli is. SHerman could be a good lead blocker for the Falcons in the future, not quite as good as Ovie, but pretty close.
Sherman is a solid fourth or fifth round as a fullback and lead blocker because of his ability to contribute on passing downs and the fact that he should transition fairly easily.
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Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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