Pats Draft R6/197: OT William Sherman

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Not a lot of info on the Colorado OT. The always-excellent Dane Bugler from The Athletic had this to say:

Sherman is an active player with trained eyes and movements, but his footwork and balance after contact need continued work,” Brugler wrote. “His lack of core strength and control at the point of attack will be tougher to mask at the NFL level. Overall, Sherman has workable traits with his lower-body flexibility and awareness, but his balance issues and wandering hands must improve for him to earn steady work in the NFL. He is a tackle-to-guard projection with some upside at center.

His eyes stay vigilant and his veteran experience is easy to spot... Pairs his wide base with solid thickness in his rear and legs…physical run blocker and flashes drive power…played in every game the last three seasons.
We know NE has done a great job coaching up corners and OL. Sherman looks like another late-round project for the staff.
 

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YouTube has a couple videos with full game highlights of Texas vs Colorado and UCLA vs Colorado from 2020; it's not every play but it's enough to get a feel. Sherman is pretty athletic in space, moves well on screens or going to the second level. Really good cut-blocker. More of a positional blocker than a people mover. Think he fits better as a run blocker in a zone scheme.

Seemed to set short quite a bit but able to use his length to push guys around. Looks like he might struggle against speed (he didn't face much). Anchors well, can re-anchor. Only saw him give up the inside once. Active hands as play develops but he has that thing Penei Sewell has where his feet don't always follow, so he doesn't sustain his blocks consistently.

I listened to Belichick's press conference on the day three guys and he was talking about Sherman playing both left and right tackle. Mentioned guard (apparently he has a little experience there, too) but more as an afterthought, I got the impression. Sounds like they'll try him in multiple spots but probably tackle first. I think this is a prototype they like: short but with decent arm length. We've seen it with Wynn, Herron, and now Sherman. All sub-6'4" but all with ~33.5" arms.
 

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YouTube has a couple videos with full game highlights of Texas vs Colorado and UCLA vs Colorado from 2020; it's not every play but it's enough to get a feel. Sherman is pretty athletic in space, moves well on screens or going to the second level. Really good cut-blocker. More of a positional blocker than a people mover. Think he fits better as a run blocker in a zone scheme.

Seemed to set short quite a bit but able to use his length to push guys around. Looks like he might struggle against speed (he didn't face much). Anchors well, can re-anchor. Only saw him give up the inside once. Active hands as play develops but he has that thing Penei Sewell has where his feet don't always follow, so he doesn't sustain his blocks consistently.

I listened to Belichick's press conference on the day three guys and he was talking about Sherman playing both left and right tackle. Mentioned guard (apparently he has a little experience there, too) but more as an afterthought, I got the impression. Sounds like they'll try him in multiple spots but probably tackle first. I think this is a prototype they like: short but with decent arm length. We've seen it with Wynn, Herron, and now Sherman. All sub-6'4" but all with ~33.5" arms.
Herron and Sherman are also athletic guys who judging by the scouting reports slid because they lacked some strength (which perhaps they think they can fix) and size (which they can't).