Kendall Sheffield

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Falcons Place CB Kendall Sheffield On IR

Kendall Sheffield is heading to the IR. The Falcons placed the cornerback on injured reserve today, according to Aaron Wilson (via Twitter).

Sheffield was a fourth-round pick by Atlanta in 2019, and he proceeded to start 20 of his 29 games through his first two seasons in the NFL. That included a 2020 campaign where the defensive back compiled 51 tackles, one forced fumble, and three passes defended in 13 games (nine starts).

The 25-year-old had been dealing with an undisclosed injury for weeks, and he finished the preseason without getting a snap. Now, he’ll be sidelined for at least the next three weeks, but it’s uncertain if he’ll have his starting gig when he returns. AJ Terrell, Fabian Moreau, and Isaiah Oliver are currently expected to lead the depth chart at cornerback.

With Sheffield sidelined, Chris Williamson could be an option to get promoted from the practice squad.

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Falcons Sign First-Round Pick Kaleb McGary

The Falcons announced the signing of first-round tackle Kaleb McGary on Thursday. In addition to McGary, the club also inked fourth-round cornerback Kendall Sheffield

The Falcons used their first Round 1 pick (No. 14) overall on Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom. But, they weren’t done revamping their offensive line, and they refused to let McGary get away. The Falcons traded their second- and third-round picks to the Rams to move back into the first round and snag McGary at No. 31 overall, giving them an alternative to Ty Sambrailo at right tackle.

Sheffield began his collegiate career at Alabama before taking his talents to Ohio State, where he spent the last two seasons. Last year, he notched 35 tackles and two interceptions, putting him on the NFL radar. He’ll now look to stand out in an Atlanta cornerback group that is without Robert Alford and Brian Poole.

With McGary and Sheffield taken care of, the Falcons have just one straggler left in Lindstrom.

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Latest On Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

We heard yesterday that Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield had suffered a torn left pectoral while bench pressing at the NFL scouting combine, and now we have an update. Sheffield has a partially torn pec, but he won’t need surgery for the injury, he told Kimberly Jones of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Sheffield is apparently in good spirits, and remained at the combine to support the other cornerbacks participating in drills. While it’s still a tough blow, it’s not as quite as serious as it initially seemed, and he’s lucky to dodge surgery. Fellow Buckeye Billy Price tore his pec doing the bench press at last year’s combine and ended up having to have surgery and miss the entire offseason program.

It’s still unclear how long Sheffield will be sidelined, but it doesn’t sound like it’ll be a prolonged absence or anything that will impact his draft status too much. It’s a shame Sheffield didn’t get to participate in the 40-yard dash or any of the other drills, because he was expected to test very well. He’s a great athlete, and a source told Josina Anderson of ESPN (Twitter link), that he had been clocking in the 4.2’s during his combine training. Anderson added in a second tweet that the “hope is” it’s just a 4-6 week injury. Most mock drafts projected Sheffield as a middle round pick heading into the combine.

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OSU CB Kendall Sheffield Tears Pectoral

Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a torn left pectoral while performing the bench press at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday, according to Eric Edholm (Twitter link).

As Edholm notes, another Ohio State product — center Billy Price — also tore his pectoral during the 2018 combine, but he was still selected in the first round by the Bengals. Sheffield, though, isn’t quite the prospect that was Price, and is expected to be drafted at some point between Round 3 and Round 5.

Sheffield, who stands 6’0″, 193 pounds, appeared in 27 games for the Buckeyes over the past two seasons, posting 75 total tackles and two interceptions during that time. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com describes Sheffield as an “explosive athlete” who lacks refinement and ball skills, while Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network says Sheffield can succeed as a zone-based cornerback but must add strength.

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