Another Option For Sheard

Jabaal Sheard had nine sacks in his senior year, on his way to AFCA All-America honors, as well as Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Jabaal Sheard has been getting some good feedback about the NFL since his Pitt playing days ended in December.

Sheard had an elective elbow surgery after the season that prevented him from playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl in January. One observer informed Panther Digest that his elbow problems were evident during the season, but the fact he fought through double teams during the season on his way to a productive senior season, made it all the more impressive.

Furthermore, according to the same source, when performing in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine with the repaired elbow, it was noticeable that Sheard had an easier range of motion, and that he appeared healed from that elbow surgery.

"It's healing up," Sheard said. "I just got out of the cast. I'm just starting to do rehab. It's healing up fine."

That led Sheard to Pitt's Pro Day earlier this week, where he felt he did pretty well, in addition to his performance in Indianapolis.

"I think I did good on my times, it felt good," Sheard said. "A lot of good feedback; good thoughts and good feedback. They said I worked hard, and looked smooth."

Smooth enough to be given a look at linebacker as well for the 3-4 schemes that some NFL teams run. Sheard knew the linebacker drills would be a challenge, but he didn't hesitate when he was asked to do the drills.

"I did them all; everything from linebacker to defensive line drills," Sheard said. "I was getting ready for the 3-4 and the 4-3, which is a tough workout. My goal is to just go out here and prove that I can do it all, show what I could do it at linebacker."

Sheard will go back to Miami, where he was working out prior to the NFL Scouting Combine and the Pitt Pro Day. He says we will come back to Pittsburgh to adjust to the cold weather, in case he gets drafted by a cold-weather team. Being in Miami for a significant amount of time since the football season ended, he admitted to needing an adjustment to the cold weather again.

"(The weather) kind of got to me," Sheard said. "I need to come back up here and get a little work in. I'm just staying focused and hungry. You write down your goals, how much better do you want to be. I still want to workout. I want to be in better shape. I want to be the best at the drills. I want to go there, and just show off, and not walk away with any regrets."

Sheard has been projected as a third or fourth-round pick in several mock drafts.

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