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Offensive Tackle

Posted By Nick Clason On Apr 15 2011 @ 2:55 pm In Indianapolis Colts | No Comments

Happy Tax day everyone!

If you haven’t read my most recent post [1] on the Colts draft needs, you may be lost.  But the main premise of these next four posts will be to talk about certain candidates the Colts could be looking at for each position.

The main need in the minds of many Colts fans is an offensive lineman.  Most mock drafts have us selecting an O Tackle.  However, I think there maybe some other pressing needs in the minds of the front office such as… well just read my most recent post [1].  Then again Polian said Manning’s impending retirement is sooner than it has ever been (which keep in mind is true every offseason, but the veteran quarterback is 35 years old), which might lead to the selecting of the insurance poicy (like a Left Tackle).  The Colts are drafting 22nd this year, highest since 2002, so this could be promising, not to mention there are a number of good tackle prospects.

Here we go.

5. Derek Sherrod
School: Miss St. Height: 6’5″ Weight: 321 lbs Class: Senior

Sherrod has good arm length, and a great initial first step in pass protection.  He does well against speed rushers. He has the quickness to seal the edge (remember the good ‘ol stretch play?). He is a bit of a finesse player in the run game and lacks nastiness.  He is also experienced (senior) and that is something that would be beneficial to the Colts, we are not looking for a “project” we are looking for someone who could come in and possibly contribute immediately.  All indications point to Sherrod as a starting LT in the NFL. If he is ready if we select him, it could go, from left to right:

Sherrod, Charlie Johnson, Jeff Saturday, Mike Pollack/Kyle DeVan, Ryan Diem
To see the source of most of my information for Sherrod, go to draftbreakdown [2].

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