Biography: Three-year starter named Big East Defensive Player of the Year last season after posting 52/14.5/4 and breaking up four passes. Junior totals included 42/10.5/5 after 45/10.5/5.5 as a sophomore.
Positives: "Athletic college edge rusher who improved his game as a senior. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Possesses good first-step quickness, fast off the edge, and fluid moving in every direction of the field. Deceptively strong, uses hand technique to get off blocks, and stays with the action. Displays the ability to pursue down the line and make plays out to the sidelines. Fast and effective if asked to twist or stunt."
Negatives: Slow shedding blocks and can be controlled by a single opponent. Lacks great bulk and will be knocked from his angle of attack rather easily.
Analysis: Sheard has quietly been one of the better pass rushers in college football the past three seasons and is a defender who continually makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He's displayed constant improvement on the field and should be very productive as a one-gap end at the next level.
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