With college Pro Days just around the corner, we're starting to get a good sense of who is talking to whom at events like the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, which concluded last week. Team interest, we've found, does sometimes translate into that team drafting said player.
So, when we hear credible reports from National Football Post that the Colts talked to Mississippi State left tackle Derek Sherrod not once but twice, we don't assume it was just to ask the 321-pound monster tackle what his favorite recipes are.
Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod has garnered consistent interest from at least three NFL teams that interviewed him at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pound blocker has a 35 3/8 wingspan, and plenty of confidence.
"Personally I feel like I fit in at the top," Sherrod said. "We have a pretty good offensive tackle class this year and I came here to compete with everybody that's here. I plan on coming out on top. I'm very much a very physical, competitive, intelligent offensive tackle that can come in right away and help out whatever organization that I'm with. I plan on going in right away and help out as much as possible."
Sherrod is regarded as a potential late first-round draft pick.
He grades out highly for his intelligence and intangibles.
We practically screamed last year that the Colts needed to come out of the 2010 NFL Draft with a new left tackle. They didn't, and as a result their o-line played like garbage for much of the 2010 season. Unlike the rest of the offense, injuries didn't cripple the o-line. A lack of talent did. This was due to years of poor drafting and bad personnel moves by the Polians.
Jim Caldwell flipping Jeff Linkenbach to guard in the middle of the season didn't help much either.
In 2011, the Colts cannot leave the 2011 NFL Draft without some quality, starting-caliber offensive linemen. It seems that the Polians know this for themselves now, and are (at least on the surface) trying to do something to remedy it. It's a year too late for my taste, but at least it's something.