HEIGHT: 6'1 3/4"
WEIGHT: 216 lbs
—Active player with motor to go sideline to sideline.
—Physical player who uses hands well to defeat blocks.
—Excellent strength to hold up at the line of scrimmage.
—Instinctual player with good awareness.
—Very good foot quickness for size—has explosive first step.
—Solid wrap tackler. Gets the ball-carrier on the ground.
—Top-end speed and change of direction are in question to play in secondary.
—Occasionally loses his initial angles in the run game.
—Struggles in man-to-man coverage.
—Primarily a box player.
11 Games: 75 Tackles, 1 sack, 3 PBU, 2 FR
Sherwood is a thick-bodied safety who plays with a high motor. Though his body type fits more of an undersized linebacker, he has displayed the footwork and ball skills needed to compete in the pass game. He arrives at the ball with bad intentions and does his best work when coming down into the box.
As a defender who works best moving forward, he has the strength to fight off linemen and the first step acceleration to chase down most ball-carriers; although there are times where he has lost angles. He struggles as a deep safety and in man against quicker, faster athletes. Would be best suited in a scheme as a box safety or could potentially add weight and play at the linebacker spot at the next level.
GRADE: 6.8/10 (Career Backup/Rotational Player—Round 5)
OVERALL RANK: 202/300
POSITION RANK: S17
PRO COMPARISON: Barry Church
Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings