Mississippi St. OT Derek Sherrod was the overwhelming pick made by Bills fans as they chose the best fit for Buffalo via text in our Countdown to Draft Day position previews on Buffalobills.com.
Appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Bills Focus and presented by Time Warner Cable, Buffalobills.com is previewing the top 5 prospects at each position in this year’s draft class. Wednesday was offensive tackles and fans texted who they thought was the best fit at OT for Buffalo.
Derek Sherrod got almost 40 percent of the vote (39%) with Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi in second with almost 28%. Bills fans are no doubt hoping that Sherrod makes it to the top of the second round allowing Buffalo to address the offensive tackle position with pick 34.
Sherrod (6’5″ 321) tested well at the combine and got 23 reps on the bench despite having arms almost 36 inches long (35 5/8″). Here’s what head coach Chan Gailey said about Sherrod, who he coached for a week at the Senior Bowl.
“He’s a raw talent in my opinion,” said Gailey. “He has the ability to do the job. He was in a very good system, was coached very well, but seeing all the things that they’ll have to see at our level, which is played by some really good players down in and down out, it’s really going to take some development from him. He’ll need to play to kind of work his way into a system. I don’t think he’ll go in and be an automatic guy. I think he’ll be a guy that will take his talent and build and work and grow into being a pretty good player.”
Sherrod is forecast as a late first or early second-round pick.
Next up on our position preview list are the inside linebackers, which comes your way Friday in the media center at Buffalobills.com. And again we’ll be asking you to vote for the best fit for the Bills.
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, Derek Sherrod
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