Sheldon is a quick, 1-gap defensive lineman who can play on passing downs at
more than one position on the defensive line. He plays in a 3-4 defense on the
outside because of his quickness getting off the line of scrimmage. When his
college team uses a four down lineman front, they use him on the inside taking
advantage of his quickness off the line of scrimmage in a 1-gap system. Sheldon
does a good job in the defense he plays in for his college team and gives
excellent effort on every down and plays within the context of the game plan,
but truthfully this system did not take advantage of Sheldon’s true value as a
1-gap attack defensive lineman.
Sheldon struggles in a 2-gap system against the run and against the double team.
He struggles to get off blocks and make tackles in the hole. Sheldon also
struggles with a lack of counter pass rush moves when his first move does not
get him free. All of these issues can be corrected, but it will take some time.
If Sheldon wants to play inside he has to learn to build himself up, get
stronger and learn to lower his pads and get off blocks quicker. If he wants to
play outside, he might have to lose some weight and learn more mature pass
rushing moves and counter moves.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
I’m not suggesting that Sheldon is a tweener type of player; what I am
suggesting is that his college team did not develop his talents and that the
next team to select him will have to decide how they want to play him to take
advantage of his size and quickness off the snap. He has to learn better
techniques to play inside or outside against the run, but the teams that play
mostly a 1-gap attack defense will likely rate him high because of his size and
quickness and in that style of defense he could have some quick success.
However, in the long run, he has some work to do to become a complete defensive
lineman for any NFL team. Sheldon looks to be a hard worker and looks on film to
be an excellent teammate and for the purposes of this draft, I have no doubt
that given the time Sheldon will become a core player for the team that elects
him. In this draft with so many big and talented defensive linemen Sheldon could
be selected in any round because he fits a certain style of defense until he