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Jabaal Sheard, DE Pittsburg (trade down target)

Sheard racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 2010 on his way to being named Big East Defensive Player of the Year.  During his 3 years as a starter Sheard put up consistently good sack numbers each year and blossomed nicely in 2010 when teammate Greg Romeus went down to injury. Sheard spent a lot of time in Romeus’ shadow but he rose to the occasion last season and distinguished himself as a dangerous and talented player in his own right.

The Sporting News is most bullish on Sheard, rating him as the 4th best DE, and #12 prospect overall :

Sheard merits mid- to late-first-round consideration, has exceptional first-step explosiveness and agility coming out of his stance at the snap. Is an effective and consistent edge rusher. Can beat the blocker off the ball consistently.

http://warroom.sportingnews.com/nfl/draft/2011/players/9858.html

Recently CBSSports Rob Rang has Sheard "mocked" to the Falcons with thier #27th pick, and says Sheard is seen by some scouts as a safer version of the similarly built and productive Justin Houston from Georgia.

So, why do I think he will be available at the top of 2nd round? Find out after the jump.

Both Kiper Insider and McShay Insider have unveiled their new three-round mock drafts, with Pitt's Jabaal Sheard going at No. 37 overall. While McShay has Sheard going 74th. 

CBSSports ranks him 34th on their big board: 

Underrated,  Sheard raised his game.... likely to be taken between picks 20-45, will be more productive as a rookie than at least a few of the moe highly touted defensive ends of this draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

http://www.cbssports.com/#!/nfl/draft/prospectrankings

National Football Post rates himslightly higher as their 30th best prospect : 

 An instinctive defender who plays the run game with integrity and quickly is able to decipher plays and get his hands up in passing lanesAfter watching him on tape, I really think the guy will have the ability to be a solid NFL pass rusher who can reach the QB in a variety of ways.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/scouting_department.html

He is 35th on ProFootballWeekly's big board: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/04/08/top-100-draft-prospects-regardless-of-position-2

Sheard is #45 on SportsIlustrated's big board:

Sheard has quietly been one of the better pass rushers in college football the past three seasons and is a defender who continually makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He's displayed constant improvement on the field and should be very productive as a one-gap end at the next level.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2011/players/67929.html#ixzz1Jh8EKqih

Tony Pauline isn't so sure, rating him his 12th DE prospect, and 42 overall:  Slow shedding blocks and can be controlled by a single opponent. Lacks great bulk and will be knocked from his angle of attack rather easily.

http://www.draftinsider.net/top100

 Finally, Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com has him rated lowest, at #50: The concerns on the field center more around Sheard's root strength — if he can match it to his speed and intensity, he could be a dominant all-purpose defender just as adept at run-stopping as he is when he's chasing down a quarterback. Early on in his NFL career, Sheard may get shut out at the next level, and the extent to which he finds that to be a learning experience will decide how well he does.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/The-Second-Shutdown-40-50-Jabaal-Sheard-DE-?urn=nfl-wp405

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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