Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut

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Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut

Postby Pudge » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:17 pm

ANTHONY SHERMAN
5-10/242
Connecticut Senior
40: 4.75

PROS:

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.

CONS:

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.

OVERVIEW:

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).

NFL FORECAST:

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.

ATL FORECAST:

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.

VALUE:

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.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 3.5
Hands: 4.0
Vision: 4.0
Blocking: 4.0
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