2017 NFL Draft

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Richard Sherman

| | College: Stanford
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A former receiver who led the Cardinal in receiving yards in 2007-08, Sherman made the switch to cornerback in 2009 and has quietly developed into a legitimate NFL prospect.

Sherman is still prone to mental lapses. He stunned television analysts and scouts by biting on a double-move in the closing seconds of the first half of the Senior Bowl, but Sherman's size, physicality and steady improvement since making the switch is sure to intrigue teams on the draft's third day.


Positives: Possesses excellent size for the position. Has a lanky, evenly proportioned build with room for additional muscle mass. Good ball skills due to his experience at receiver. Physical. Doesn't back down from the challenge of bigger receivers. May be just scratching the surface of his potential.

Negatives: Questionable speed overall. Has a high backpedal and loses a step in his transition, allowing receivers to separate when he misjudges their route, leading to being beaten over the top. Is especially susceptible to smaller, quicker receivers. Was a late injury replacement at the Senior Bowl and while he helped his cause with a solid performance there, pessimists will argue that he had the freshest legs.

--Rob Rang

2010 Season

Fifth-year senior has 49 total tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups and one fumble recovery this season … Has six career interceptions over the last two seasons … Finished with a career high 10 tackles and an interception against Arizona … Made a successful transition to the secondary last season after spening his fi rst three seasons as a wide receiver, catching a combined 81 passes for 1,340 yards and seven TDs.

2009 Season

Transitioned from wide receiver to cornerback in spring drills … appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts … started the first seven games of the year before coming off the bench against Arizona State … ranked fourth on the team with 62 tackles … had two interceptions and eight pass breakups on the season … picked off a Matt Barkley pass in the fourth quarter against USC for a 43-yard touchdown … registered his second interception the following week against Cal … had five or more tackles in eight games, highlighted by a season-high eight-tackle effort in the Sun Bowl vs. Oklahoma … also had seven tackles against Wake Forest and Notre Dame … proved valuable in Stanford's return game … had 15 punt returns for 154 yards and one touchdown … had a 48-yard return for a touchdown against San Jose State on Sept. 19 … also had a 59-yard return in the season opener at Washington State.

2008 Season

Played in just four games (all starts) before a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season … was granted a medical redshirt year … caught eight passes for 108 yards … started the first four games at wide receiver … caught one pass for 14 yards in the opener against Oregon State … hauled in three passes for 54 yards at Arizona State, including a 39-yard reception from Tavita Pritchard … had just one catch for seven yards at TCU in near hurricane-conditions … matched his season high with three catches for 33 yards in the win over San Jose State.

2007 Season

Continued to blossom as one of the Pac-10's top young receivers … led the team in receiving yards (651) for the second straight season and also led the team in receiving touchdowns (4) and yards per catch (16.7) … finished 10th in the Pac-10 in receiving yards … ranked second on the team behind Mark Bradford with 39 receptions … also finished second on the team in all-purpose yardage, adding a 40-yard punt return to his receiving total … topped Stanford in receiving yardage six times during the season … had three 100-yard games, topped off by a four-catch, 112-yard effort with one touchdown against TCU … also turned in notable performances against UCLA (4-100-1 TD) and Arizona State (6-105) … tied his career-high with six receptions against Arizona State, at Arizona and vs. Oregon … was on the receiving end of a 70-yard touchdown pass from T.C. Ostrander in the fourth quarter vs. UCLA … play ranked as the longest pass reception of the season.

2006 Season

Made an immediate impact in his first season as a collegian … earned first team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and honorable mention freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News … was also named the Menlo-Atherton Trophy winner as the team's most outstanding freshman … played in all 12 games and made five starts … led the team in catches (34), receiving yards (581) and tied for the team lead in both touchdowns (3) and touchdown receptions (3) … ranked second in yards per catch (17.1) … led or co-led the team in both catches and receiving yards seven times during the season … had 50 or more receiving yards six times during his rookie campaign … started the last four games of the season and averaged 101.5 yards per game during that stretch, catching 20 balls for 406 yards … was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against Washington when he caught six passes for 177 yards … included in the total was a 74-yard touchdown reception from T.C. Ostrander in the fourth quarter that extended Stanford's lead to 17-3 … reception was the team's longest play from scrimmage in 2006.


Two-year track letterwinner at Stanford … jumped a personal best of 50-0 in the triple jump in 2007, good for ninth place on the all-time Stanford career list … jumped a season-best 46-8 in the triple jump in the spring of `08 … recorded a season-best 21-3 in the long jump at the 2008 Stanford Invitational.

High School

Ranked among the best prospects in the state of California and among the best wide receiver prospects in the nation … He led Dominguez HS in Compton, California, to the CIF Division Championship as a senior in 2005 with a 13-1 record and a 41-14 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the championship game … Richard accounted for 1,030 all-purpose yards as a senior, including 870 yards and 14 touchdowns on 28 catches and three punt returns for TDs … As a defensive back, he recorded 45 tackles, eight pass deflections and one interception … PrepStar Magazine All-West selection and SuperPrep All-FarWest Team … Named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Dream Team as one of the premiere recruits in the West … Also named All-State, CIF First-Team and All-San Gabriel Valley First-Team following his senior season … SuperPrep ranked him the No. 50 recruit in the West … Also ranked as the No. 6 "athlete" in California, the No. 8 wide receiver in the state and the No. 57 "athlete" in the country … As a junior, he had 23 receptions for 415 yards and six touchdowns along with four interceptions on defense … He earned First-Team All-League honors as a receiver … In track, he was an All-American in the triple jump, the California state champion in the triple jump as a senior in 2006, and the No. 7 ranked triple jumper in the state in 2005 with a best of 49-5 3/4 … First-Team All-CIF and Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team in track in 2005 … Other top marks include 10.81 in the 100m, 21.83 in the 200m, 14.67 in the 110HH and 22-8 in the long jump.


Born March 30, 1988 … majoring in communications.


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