1) Introduction: The 32nd pick in round one of the NFL Draft, Derek Sherrod was supposed to be the stud left tackle in Green Bay for the next 10 years. In my OT ratings for the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide, I ranked him as the second best tackle prospect, behind only Tyron Smith (a Pro Bowl Selection from Dallas this year). I was ecstatic when the Packers drafted Sherrod.
- Age: 24
- Born: 4/23/1989 in Chula Vista, CA
- Height: 6’6″
- Weight: 321
- College: West Virginia
- Rookie Year: 2011
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Four words: GET ON THE FIELD. Recovering from the nasty broken leg he suffered in game 5 of his 2011 rookie season, had proven to be much more difficult than most imagined. Could Sherrod be ready for the start of the season?
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlight would have to be the six snaps he played at right tackle against Detroit in the Thanksgiving Massacre – his only 6 snaps of the season. Lowlight would be winding up on the PUP list almost two years after his injury.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Nil. Was active for eight games after coming off the PUP list. The pure definition of “bench warmer.”
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: None. Did not play.
Season Report Card:
It’s really not fair to grade Sherrod, so we’ll just give him an “incomplete” and hope he’s “grade-worthy” next season.
(inc) Level of expectations met during the season
(inc) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(inc) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: INCOMPLETE——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.