Drew Boylhart 3/09
Sherrod Martin CB Troy
Sherrod is quick, fast and has excellent size to play his position. He is a fluid athlete and looks to be a leader through his play on the field. Sherrod likes the big play and has good hands to intercept the ball. He reminds me a lot of Ed Reed (S Ravens) when I see him play in the middle of the field. He could be a free safety or a CB for the team that drafts him. The truth is, I'm not sure at what position I like him better. He has the size and athletic talent to be an excellent CB while also having the excellent ball-hawking techniques to be an impact safety.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Sherrod, because of his pure athletic talent, has some bad habits that will be exploited at the next level until this kid is humbled and learns smarter techniques. As a safety, he will make some mistakes, but he should be able to impact very quickly. He must learn to tackle consistently, which should come in time. It looks to me like sometimes he is trying to protect an injury when tackling; however, that is just a guess on my part.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 2
Because most NFL coaches and experts will be unsure of what position Sherrod will play, he may drop in this draft. Some will think he is a safety and feel that the 4th or 5th round is where Sherrod should be selected. Some will think he is a very talented CB who just needs some time before he becomes excellent and those coaches will rank him in the 2nd or 3rd round. That makes Sherrod the type of player who could easily fall into the later rounds. If that happens, some team is going to get themselves a hell of a player because the truth is that no matter what position you decide Sherrod should play, he will become a hell of a player and that means your favorite team just drafted a sleeper impact player. This kid's talent translates very well to the next level and I think he will be a very good CB and just maybe an outstanding safety.