Kendall Sheffield | 3rd Straight Buckeye Corner to go in Round 1

It’s not that Ohio State wasn’t regularly producing NFL Prospects before, but since Urban Meyer took over the Buckeyes have been churning out prospects better than any other school (even Alabama). At cornerback the Buckeyes have been strong too as Marshon Lattimore went 11th in the 2017 NFL Draft and Denzel Ward was just taken 5th overall this past year. With Ward gone it’s Kendall Sheffield that steps up into the for front as the Buckeye top cover corner. At 6’0 193lbs Sheffield is the same body type as both Lattimore and Ward. Here we’ll look at three reasons why Sheffield could follow in their footsteps and be another first round corner.

 

3 Reasons Kendall Sheffield Could be a 1st Round Cornerback

 

Speed

There might not be another position in the NFL that needs speed than the cornerback position. The best corners have the speed to run deep with receivers and not get burned. Both Marshon Lattimore (4.36) and Denzel Ward (4.32) blazed the 40 yard dash but also had that speed show up on the field. Sheffield plays a lot of shadow press which sees him at the line of scrimmage and asks him to turn and run deep with receivers. His speed shows up as he is always right in the hip pocket of receivers as they run down the field.

 

Fluidity

Speed is huge for a corner, but if they can’t change direction quickly they’ll get burned allowing separation from even average speed receivers. Out of press coverage Sheffield is able to quick flip his hips and accelerate to use his speed to run with receivers. Sheffield uses his fluid hips and burst to stick with receivers in and out of breaks or even to react to the ball in the air. Playing mainly press coverage he isn’t asked to play much off coverage, but his traits would suggest that he could pick it up quick.

 

Ball Skills

What stands out about Sheffield is not only does he have the movement skills to stick with receivers but he shows the ability to play the ball in the air. While Sheffield didn’t have any interceptions last season he did have 9 passes defended and showed the ability to locate the ball and make a play on it. Against Indiana Sheffield was able to break the ball up on consecutive plays in the endzone. One was high pointing it against the 6’5 Simmie Cobbs knocking the ball down and then got a hand up on a line drive throw to pop the ball up to a teammate to get the interception. At times Sheffield can get bullied, but for the most part he can hang with the bigger receivers.

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