Villanova tight end Matt Sherry recently visited the Indianapolis facilities to meet with team scouts and officials.
Sherry, who was not invited to the Combine, went through a full workout at his Pro Day on April 2, going through all the regular drills as well as position drills.
Field and weather conditions were less than ideal, but he did a fairly good job of working through the issues of his environment to turn in a solid performance.
At 6 feet, 3 and 3/8 inches — most information on Sherry will say that he's 6-foot-4, but he's actually closer to 6-foot-3 — and 255 pounds, he's just about the perfect size for the Colts, even if he may be a little too light and narrow through the hips for most NFL teams.
As a matter of fact, the big knock on him is that he's neither big enough nor physical enough to be an effective blocker, sealing off the edge and blocking down on a defensive end at the next level. But, the truth of the matter is that none of the men currently on the Indianapolis roster at the tight end position are particularly skilled at this, either, so his deficiency as a blocker are not is critical to the Colts as it would be to most teams.
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He led the team with 37 receptions for 461 yards, which says something both about Villanova's offense and Sherry — not only did they not throw the ball much with 257 total attempts in 11 games, but they also spread the ball around, so Sherry was their most consistent and reliable weapon when they did decide to drop back to pass.
He is consistent and catches the ball well, but not spectacularly. His 40 times — 4.67 with the wind, 4.77 against it — as well as his 12.5 yards per catch average show that he has adequate speed, but is not at the level of Dallas Clark or Clark clone Dustin Keller of Purdue.
Given the fact that he was not a full-time starter until his senior year, he played against a lower level of competition at the Division I FCS level, he did not put up big numbers against that competition, and he did not dazzle scouts with a lightning-quick 40 time at his Pro Day, he is probably going to go undrafted.
Basically, he's a tight end with good, not great speed; good, not great hands; and below average blocking skills that will most likely go undrafted ... much like Ben Utecht, who recently defected to the Bengals as a restricted free agent.But, whether you're a friend or foe of Utecht, the one undeniable quality he had was that he had a good head on his shoulders and possessed both a solid grasp of Tom Moore's offense and Peyton Manning's tendencies.
And it's above the shoulders where Sherry becomes intriguing.
Sherry happens to have won the CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year award for 2007. He has already completed his degree in finance and is currently attending Villanova's MBA program with a 3.84 GPA. And so the comparisons to Utecht continue.
While the Colts don't necessarily need to spend a high round pick to have another Dallas Clark on the roster, spending $10,000 in bonus money to sign another Utecht is not a bad idea at all.
Interestingly enough, Scout.com's Adam Caplan has reported that the Bengals are talking to Sherry as well.