2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Jabaal Sheard

CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 04: Jabaal Sheard #97 of the Pittsburgh Panthers tackles Zach Collaros #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Big East Conference game against at Nippert Stadium on December 4 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Defensive End - Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh

Height:  6'2"
Weight:  264
40yd:  4.69

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday:  No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Disciplined, productive player, showed toughness and perseverance playing through an elbow injury in 2010, while becoming the focal point of the defense, and getting bottled up with double and triple teams.  Good first step, plenty of hustle, and no quit in him helped him to produce despite the attention from the offenses.  Powerful in a small area, makes him a good candidate to slant.  Typically lines up wide to give him an opportunity against most protections, but can play tighter to the tackle, though he does need to continue to develop strength for stacking up the line against the run.  Had a redflag issue, but all reports are that he has cleared his name and not had any further trouble.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

Top of the 2nd Round

What is Denver's Interest In Him?


Along with several other talented DL, Sheard deserves to be in consideration for Denver's #36 pick if they sit tight at the top of the second round.  Likely wanted to work him out to get a feel for his growth and development since 2009, given that he faced such an uphill struggle after Romeus left in 2010.  He likely showed EFX a lot of the hustle and tenacity that helped him earn 52 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 9 sacks in 2010.

Position, Name

CB Patrick Peterson

DT Marcell Dareus

QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
DE Robert Quinn

DT Nick Fairley

QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers

Top DE Jabaal Sheard
2 Middle


3 Middle


4 Middle

5 Top



[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]

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