Jabaal Sheard
Jabaal Sheard
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Indianapolis Colts
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Sheard was excellent at defensive tackle in 2017, tallying 52 tackles and 5.5 sacks through 16 games. He also logged a monstrous 56 defensive snaps per game. A new season will shift him to defensive end, though, where the Colts hope he can unleash his full pass-rushing potential. If the transition is seamless, he could be a top DL pick considering his apt run-stopping skills as well. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Colts in March of 2017.
Posts sack in playoff loss
DEIndianapolis Colts
January 17, 2019
Sheard made four tackles (two solo) and one sack during Saturday's 31-13 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs. He finishes the regular season with 50 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four passes defended.
Sheard started all 16 regular-season games in 2018, and managed to successfully transition from outside linebacker to defensive end. The 29-year-old has only missed seven regular-season contests since entering the NFL in 2011, and remains a valuable pillar of reliability in Indianapolis' 4-3 defense. Sheard has one year remaining on his contract with the Colts.
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Measurables Review
How do Jabaal Sheard's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Vertical Jump
31.0 in
Broad Jump
115 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Sheard brings his talents to Indianapolis on a three-year deal after spending the past two seasons with the Patriots. He has proven his ability to play both linebacker and defensive end during his career and could be a menace in 2017 as an every-down player. Last season he recorded 33 tackles, five sacks and four pass defensed in 15 games. To top it off, he notched one of his best performances in Super Bowl LI, registering two tackles and 0.5 sacks while covering all corners of the field. Sheard's high-pace energy could lead him to blossom as a leader for a defense that lacked an identity the past couple of seasons.
Keep a close eye on Sheard, because he has DL1 upside depending on the amount of playing time he receives. There's a chance that the loss of Chandler Jones will result in a big promotion for Sheard, though New England is deep enough in the front seven that it could turn to a committee of other players to replace Jones' snaps. If he does get a big snap increase, though, Sheard could go wild after totaling 37 tackles (28 solo), eight sacks and four forced fumbles in just 558 snaps last year. He has considerably more upside than most in this range, even if his floor is unclear.
The 26-year-old Sheard, who recorded 23 sacks in four years with the Browns, should help boost the Pats' pass rush this season, and possesses the versatility to play in either 3-4 or 4-3 alignments. Look for him to carve out a significant role this season while working in a DE rotation that also features Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Sheard will compete with Barkevious Mingo to earn a starting outside linebacker job with the Browns in 2014. He saw a slight dip in production in 2013, but has the potential to rebound, depending on how he's used by the new coaching staff in Cleveland.
Sheard has been a productive player in his first two seasons in the NFL, but his impending position change from end to linebacker hurts his value in IDP formats for 2013. His 15.5 sacks the last two years display his ability to get after the quarterback, but his 77 total tackles also point to a lack of volume production which will be necessary to carry significant value for most IDP formats.
Sheard was quite promising in his rookie year, earning 16 starts and finishing with 55 tackles (40 solo) and 8.5 sacks. The five forced fumbles were a nice touch. It’s concerning that defensive tackle and 2011 first-round pick Phil Taylor suffered a pectoral muscle tear in May and will miss at least part of the season, but the presence of tackle Ahtyba Rubin and his elite power on the inside should be enough to keep Sheard free of double teams, with the exception of chip blocks. The addition of Frostee Rucker and Juqua Parker at end should be good insurance, too, and draft picks John Hughes (third round) and Billy Winn (sixth round) will hopefully help fill Taylor's gap. It doesn't hurt that divisional opponents Baltimore and Pittsburgh are a bit shaky at offensive tackle.
As Cleveland transitions from the 3-4 to the 4-3, it would be surprising if Sheard doesn’t end up starting in Cleveland’s four-man front. The 37th overall pick in this year's draft is an impressive all-around prospect, possessing above average athleticism for a 264-pounder and a strong bull rush. He was the Big East’s top defensive player in 2010, finishing the season with 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 12 games. Considering how late he'll be available in drafts, Sheard has one of the better cost-to-upside ratios among the IDP options this year.
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Ready for wild-card game
DEIndianapolis Colts
January 5, 2019
Sheard (knee) is active for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Texans.
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Questionable for playoff opener
DEIndianapolis Colts
January 3, 2019
Sheard (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Texans.
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Will play Sunday
DEIndianapolis Colts
December 30, 2018
Sheard (knee/teeth) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Questionable Week 17
DEIndianapolis Colts
December 28, 2018
Sheard has knee and teeth issues and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Full participant Thursday
DEIndianapolis Colts
December 20, 2018
Sheard (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
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