Jabaal Sheard Scouting Report

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Jabaal Sheard Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: ACC
School: Pittsburgh Panthers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #97
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 260 lbs.
Drafted 2.5 in 2011 by CLE

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.69
Vertical jump31.0
Broad jump9'7

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

Until his senior campaign, Jabaal Sheard was often overshadowed by fellow defensive end Greg Romeus. Even now, few are paying that much attention to the 6-4, 260 pounder. However, that will change if Pittsburgh continues to improve what was a struggling defense. The Panthers are the only team in the Big East without a conference loss and if they keep winning, people will start paying attention with a BCS bid on the line.

Sheard is a three year starter who has been amazingly consistent. In 2008 he tallied 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. A year later (as a junior) he totaled 42 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.0 sacks. The problem was Romeus took away most of the headlines and Sheard was the unheralded complimentary player who benefited from Romeus being on the other side of the line. That changed in 2010 when Romeus went out with an injury. Sheard stepped up his game and helped turn around the defense. Through seven games he already has 30 tackles, 10.0 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks.

Sheard is now considered by many as a better NFL prospect than Romeus. He is not as big, but he is just as strong and he is much more technically astute. What he may lack in pure skills, Sheard makes up for with intelligence and technique. If he keeps producing and has some decent workouts leading up to the draft, Sheard should not fall past the third round. If he physically performs better than expected, he could possibly even sneak into the first round.

1/25 Update: With Romeus on the sidelines for most of the season, Sheard took advantage and tallied 9.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and 15 quarterback hurries. The senior even forced a team high four fumbles. As a result, Sheard won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to a variety of All-Conference and All-America teams. Sheard did miss the BBVA Compass bowl with a minor injury and opted to have surgery to have time to heal before the pre-draft workouts instead of playing in the January 8th game.

4/8 Update: Sheard did not blow anybody away with his numbers at the NFL combine or Pittsburgh's pro day, but he did show that he is a balanced pass rusher who has the tenacity to make a big play every time the ball is snapped. The problem is he does not look like a traditional defensive end. He is small for an end in a 4-3 scheme and not athletic enough to be the typical pass rusher in a 3-4 defense. Yet, the fact is he can get to the quarterback and NFL teams are not overly concerned with his measurables. It would be a surprise at this point to see Sheard fall past the second round.

Last Updated Apr-08-2011 by Joel Welser

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