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RB, Kory Sheets, Purdue

RB, Kory Sheets, Purdue

At A Glance
Position 1: running back Height:  5-11
Position 2:  Weight:  208
Class:  senior Age:  
Projected Round:  4th-5th  40time:  4.36
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  15   Vertical:  37
20yd Split:  2.57 Broad Jump:  10'1"
10yd Split:  1.44 20yd Shuttle:  4.39
3 Cone Drill:  7.18  

Pros:  Lanky build with the room for additional mass without a significant loss of quickness. Quick to the hole. Agile. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters.

Cons:   Lacks the bulk and lower leg drive necessary for grinding out the tough yards. Only had one season as the team's primary back.

Styg's Broncos Fit:  Sheets was a lot of fun to analyze, and when I learned that McDaniels would be the Denver coach, one of the first draft prospects I thought of was Sheets. He played in a wide-open spread formation, and split carries and time with other backs consistently. Yet, when injuries put the workload all on him, he responded very well, and produced. He is quick through the hole, has good vision and stellar patience, and can cut very nicely. He doesn't quite drive into tackles though, and only manages to fall forward about half the time. He has a rangy build that can accommodate some more bulk, so hopefully he goes that route, because it shows up in his pass blocking as well, where he has the will, but not the way, giving up power to most LBs. He has a wild-card trait, which may turn some people off: he called out his underachieving QB in the press. To follow the season, you might understand how this didn't seem like a problem at the time, as Purdue's struggles did indeed seem to revolve around Painter's mysterious descent into mediocrity. Is Sheets a team leader or a team cancer? Your guess is as good as mine, but the Broncos may be desperate for leadership from any quarter on offense, once the season rolls around.

Around MHR:

From "Scouting HBs":

Kory Sheets had an underrated senior year, rushing for 1,131 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 37 balls for 253 receiving yards. Prior to playing Penn State and Ohio State, Kory Sheets had rushed for more than five yards per carry against his first four opponents. Project player who has the dreaded "Potential."


Around SBNation:

From "Road to the Draft" on Stampede Blue:

Kory Sheets, Purdue: I hate myself for liking a Purdue player.  Kory Sheets is actually perfect for the Colts.  He's quick, a good receiver and could return kicks.  I'm sure the Colts wouldn't overuse him, which is a big concern.  The more scouting reports I read the more I like him.  All I have to do is think about the Notre Dame-Purdue game and I will realize how much Purdue sucks...There we go.

From Purdue SBNation blog, Hammer and Rails:

 No Purdue player helped his stock more than Sheets showing the scouts how he would perform outside of the spread offense.  Sheets might have had an outstanding career in a balanced offense, but having the starting spot to himself this past year helped him shine in the Big Ten.  His only downfall may be calling out Painter and the Purdue offense in the media which raise some character questions.  He was 3rd among RBs in the 40 running a time of 4.47.  He also turned out top performances in the vertical jump (37", 5th among RBs), broad jump (10'1", 5th among RBs), and the 60-yard shuttle (11.7 seconds, 6th among RBs).  Sheets is ranked as the 14th best RB according to ESPN but his versatility should make him a much more popular on draft day.



More Highlights

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Kory Sheets is having a tremendous off season. He was fantastic at the NFL Combine, where he ran a blazing 4.47 second 40 yard dash. He also had a 37 inch vertical leap and a 10 foot 1 inch broad jump. Sheets is likely a fourth round pick who brings speed, solid hands, and value in the return game to his team.  [see more...]
  • Redshirted in 2004...Split carries with Jerod Void and Jaycen Taylor in 2005, 2006 and 2007 but finally got an opportunity to carry the load as a senior and made the most of it...Owns the Boilermakers record for career touchdowns...Has dealt with a number of injuries during his career...Mouth has got him into trouble on more than one occasion and he publically complained about his role in '08...Profiles as a backup and special teamer  in the pros but could excel in that role.  [see more...]
  • A high-cut runner with impressive burst and explosion through the hole. Gets up to top-end speed quickly and attacks the second level. A natural receiver out of the backfield; does a nice job plucking the ball away from his body. Can help out in the kick return game and is at his best in space. Showcases good cutback ability and is tough to bring down in the open field  [see more...]
  • Several people have Sheets as a tier three back in the draft, however, we think he’s a sleeper tier two. He has great size and speed, and we believe his draft stock will only rise from here. One of the nice things about Sheets is that he learned to block in Purdue’s pass happy offense. This will help raise his value, and allow him to spend more time on the field. Sheet is likely a fourth to sixth round selection in the draft.  [see more...]