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Da Saturday Scout: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State

| September 15th, 2018

The Bears don’t pick until the third round. So spending time on the top prospects in next year’s NFL draft is a useless endeavor. Instead, over the next three months of Saturdays, this space will focus on prospects further down the line.


Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State

at (15) TCU

8:00 PM ET, ABC


Video


Scout’s Take

From Kyle Crabbs at The Draft Network:

PROS: Kendall Sheffield’s short area quickness yields a lot of reps showing a sudden close and the ability to play tight on the body of the receiver at the catch point.  Has the mobility to be a high-end corner in over top zone coverage or mirroring route stems in the secondary. Has good habits as a head up tackler in space, will effectively use wingspan to wrap and roll and bring down bigger opponents. Has made several heady plays in coverage and does well to find the football late and contest. Active free hand to play through the hands of receivers at the catch point and produced a ton of ball production in book-end games of season (2 PBU vs. Indiana and 4 PBU vs. Southern Cal).

CONS: Needs to build up functional strength in a big way, gets beat up when trying to land blows and redirect receivers at the line. Can also struggle to pull off a blocker in the open field, preventing consistency stepping up into the edge to help seal the corner against the run. Was listed last season at 185 lbs but looks very lean framed. Footwork when shaded over top of route releases too often offers a misstep, needs to stay parallel to the line of scrimmage and avoid hinging too early, which opens gate for receivers to get a clean break. Despite good stickiness at the catch point has gotten out-muscled for the football by receivers on numerous occasions.


Note

After watching Bears v. Packers Sunday night, my concentration has switched to corner. Many project Sheffield to fall into the second/third round. The Bears would need him to be there late Friday night to have any hope of bringing his speed and ball skills to town.

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Saturday Scout: T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin

| December 2nd, 2017

Player: T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin

Game: Big Ten Championship Game vs. Ohio State (#8), 7 PM CT


What They’re Saying

Here is a breakdown of Edwards’ Butkus Award-worthy season from the official site of Badgers football:

Wisconsin’s first Butkus Award finalist, Edwards has been a constant for the Badgers’ outstanding defense once again this season. The Lake Villa, Illinois, native ranks second on the team with 60 total tackles and has recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Edwards’ four interceptions – including one returned 54 yards for a touchdown – are the most by a linebacker in the FBS this season.

His efforts have been key to a unit that ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (13.1 points per game), total defense (246.4 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (94.8) and stands No. 1 in rushing defense (79.4 ypg).

From Chris Trapasso at CBS, projecting Edwards to the Seahawks with the 20th pick:

Bobby Wagner has challenged Luke Kuechly as the game’s best off-ball linebacker, and he has made a compelling case to earn that title this season. To give him a young running mate, the Seahawks select Edwards, a smart, polished inside linebacker who, like Wagner, has no problem sinking into coverage to make plays.

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