Drew Boylhart   4/09

Kory Sheets   RB   Purdue        

 

STRENGTHS

Kory is an outstanding RB who will be the juice in your offense. He catches the ball out of the backfield as well as any RB in this draft.  He is quick, fast, smart and follows his blockers very well.  He is one of the best in this draft at running in the open.  He does a solid job at picking up blitzing LB's and understands how to read defense as well as a QB.  Kory is the type of RB that if you run a spread offense or are planning on running a spread offense, you would be very foolish not to draft him in just about any round.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Kory can be a royal pain in the ass.  He puts out, but he is a bit of a perfectionist and will complain openly if players on his own team do not give enough effort, miss assignments or are playing because they are the coaches favorites.  He must get stronger if he is to become a franchise back, but he has the talent.  The question is does he want it hard enough?  The biggest hurdle for Kory is to start to become more of a leader and less of a complainer.  The way to control a player like Kory is to threaten his playing time because playing time is everything to players who are perfectionists.  It's the only way they can show how perfect they are. 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Kory is one of the most talented players in this draft.  He has talent similar to Joseph Addai (RB Colts) and in a system like that, he is an impact RB.  In a normal two-back system, he could flourish as well, but he will have to get stronger and run smarter through the tackles to accomplish this.  Remember, I don't have to worry about where a player will be drafted -- all I have to tell you is whether or not I believe he can impact right away.  I'm telling you that Kory can impact just like Chris Johnson (see THR archives for profile) did last year for the Titans and Joseph Addai did for the Colts when he was drafted.  Kory has to stay away from the politics of the game, shut his mouth and become more of a leader by example.  When he accomplishes this, he can become a franchise RB.  If he can't accomplish this, then you will still have an impact player; however, I'm afraid he will get traded or jump around from team to team because of being a disruptive force in the locker room.  He will still be an impact player on the field and wind up with a pretty good career, but he will be labeled a pain in the ass.  Personally I don't have a problem with players like Kory as long as he keeps it clean off the field.  I think a good coach should be able to handle the on field issues, if he's smart.