Fifth round goes to a fullback

Posted by Darren Urban on April 30, 2011 – 11:19 am

The Cards went with UConn fullback Anthony Sherman in the fifth round. It’s a position they’ve been looking for since losing Terrelle Smith after the Super Bowl season. He’s considered a good blocker, even in pass protection, and a good special-teams player (important given the probable loss of Jason Wright). Sherman is 5-10 and 240. His Pro Football Weekly summary (which listed him as a fourth- or fifth-round pick): “A hardworking, assignment-sound fullback with starting-caliber toughness, physicality and blocking ability.” He’s also a guy who can catch passes.

Sherman called himself a “lunchpail player.” With Nehemiah Broughton coming off a third major knee surgery and the team looking to upgrade over Reagan Maui’a, it’s not a shocking choice.

“You gotta have a couple screws loose to be a fullback,” Sherman said. “I don’t know if everyone can do it, but there are a few of us doing it every day out here.”

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  1. By Pheenic Skii on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    He was the number 1 ranked FB. This was a good pick.

  2. By Bill on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good pick – still waiting OLine help. He stonewalled a few Oklahoma players during the Fiesta Bowl.

    Wonder if the Cards could’ve gone Oline here and pick Sherman or Pitt FB Hypnoski in the next round????

  3. By Whizzie189 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    great pick all of the rb’s better be smiling cause they just got 2 to 12 more yards a carry thanks to this guy he is a bowling ball going down hill

  4. By T Richards on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Never heard of this guy! Did he rate out over Marecic from Stanford who was an absolute bulldog? I guess we’ll see.

  5. By Mark in Chandler on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe a little conspiracy theory, could there be a possible trade with the Cards moving a RB? Williams is a starting RB and better than both Hightower and Wells. Peterson brings a kick returning and Whiz has made it clear that Peterson is ready to start as a kick returner. Now add Sherman who is a FB but more like a tweener FB/RB. You could go forward with 3 active RB. I am wondering if Bengals/Eagles/ Denver are interested in a RB and LSH/Hightower/Wells could be part of a QB trade. bengals may not cut Palmer but they made trade for a couple of RB. Just a thought to stew on. It seems clear that the Cards were seeing RB as a position of need when they came into the draft, something none of us considered.

  6. By 949Cardsfan on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t mind bringing guys like this and housler in, but I disagree when they were picked. Probably couldve gotten both of them as undradted free agents. Come on guys! These are complimentary players. Guys a Superbowl team would take to fill subtle needs. What the hell are you guys doing!!!!!!!

    We need impact players at key positions. Not fringe players who have major flaws. You’ve got to be kidding me. It looks like the FO is more interested in fielding the leagues top special teams team than they are offense or defense.

  7. By cardsalltheway on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    All-Time Blocker,
    He ought to play every down, all he has to do is sneak up and into where the front line would play – if we had one.

  8. By Brian on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    wowwww are you serious whiz?….come one we need a solid pass rusher…how often we going to use this fullback?…how often do we need a consistent pass rusher?…i know we got the kid from texas and he a smart pick but follow it up with another LB/DE or even go tackle seriously this cards draft is really starting to bother me…that 3rd round pick should of been a solid pass rusher/or OT….I hope whiz has a plan about our O line and linebackers…lets hope schofield is what he was a few years ago before blowing out his knee….wish we didnt pass up brooks…kid is an animal!

  9. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Seems to be different philosophies within the NFC West as far as drafting BPA vs need:
    Rams need interior defense and pass catchers for Sam Bradford. Robert Quinn, a TE and 2 WRs.
    49ers yearn pass rusher and QB. Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
    Seahawks desperately want to plug aging OL line and select a G and a T.

    Cards need QB, OLB,OL,ILB and they pick CB, RB, TE, DT and FB.
    This is kinda like Sesame Street. “One of these things don’t belong here, can you tell me, can you tell me which one?”

  10. By PWalker on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    NIce Pick again.

  11. By Mark in Chandler on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    UPDATE: Ok, now Eagles picked up a LSH-guy from Pitt. Maybe that dismissed my theory.

  12. By 98CardsFan on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    “Sherman is a stout fullback that does not have the strength to be a lead blocker at the next level. He is a fierce competitor that flashes a mean streak and looks to punish opponents. However, he is not explosive at the point of attack and does not generate a consistent push in the running game. He is not a natural runner that lacks the vision to find space and the speed to exploit seams. He is a capable blocker in pass protection, but not a weapon in the passing game. Sherman looks to be a rookie free agent.”

    such a wasted pick, other than QB the LB unit is the weakest of the team, i say throw a bone to Greg Lloyd Jr. from Connecticut if they insist on reaching. Who knows, with the right coaching maybe his bloodlines will kick in…

  13. By 949Cardsfan on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ahh-hah!!!! I see what’s going on here. Whiz is completly revamping our offense. This offense will look nothing like the offense of the Warner years. We are going Ground n’Pound! Expect the next three pics to be nasty lineman. I see you workin Whiz, I hope you know what your doing!

  14. By James Sancto (English Cardinal) on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Obvious nickname: “The TANK” ?

  15. By Jeff Gollin on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    He can catch too.

    Consider this pick within the context of our drafting a pass-catching TE in Housler.

    The selection of Sherman could signal the willingness of Wiz to sacrifice blocking at TE in favor of using the traditional FB in a two-back set instead of going to a one-back multi receiver set quite as much.

  16. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t Cody Brown from Connecticut?

  17. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Cody

    Yes he was.

  18. By Phoenixraven1 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Once again Wiz scores in the 5th! This guy is an absolute stud.

  19. By Bill L on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I look at the Cards draft so far……..other than being incompetent enough last year to get #5… seems to me a chimp could have done as well. Anyone think this team is better than the 5-11 team last year? Anyone think adding Bulger to this mess will make it much better? Are the Owner, Mgmt, Coaches actually trying to get better, or just holding the status quo of incompetence so the CASH keeps rolling in………Fans get what they will settle for……when fans demand better they will get better.

  20. By run the balllllllllll on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    an average cardinal fan wouldn’t understand this pick but one who knows football does… Whiz stated several times he wants to run the ball play defense.. so he drafted another RB a FB to block and a TE to keep the safeties back and open up the running game.. beanie and LSH are all we have on our roster (timmy is a FA, and wright will probably retire).. if we go with Skelton or any other QB we wont ask him to do too much.. hand the ball off 30 times a game and make a play once in a while.. he wants players who can contribute now and every pick so far can step right in and play.. if you look at our stats when we run with a FB we almost double our average as compared to when we don’t..

  21. By run the balllllllllll on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    this guy helped jordan todman run 1700 yards last season.. btw jordan todman still isnt drafted yet.. also not one unconn line player was drafted.. so it wasn’t the line, wasn’t the RB who got those yards it was the FB.. This guy is mean.. hes a stud

  22. By Doug B on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Just look at all the pieces we’ll have in place for when Andrew Luck gets here next year…..

    Sadly all the guys we have drafted have a chance to start from Day one. And in that respect what other team can say they have drafted 5 starters????? It sucks to say that as a fan of 25 years, but this is where we at. Lets hope Housler and Sherman pan out and we have long time starters at hose two positions so we don’t have to draft those Positions again for ten years. We are in the middle of a re-building project, might as well get on board.

  23. By cardsfan007 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    This guy looks like solid blocker, if we can resign my favorite halfback Timmy Hightower, Beanie Wells, LSH, and keeps Ryan Williams, that could be a deadly 1,2,3,4 Halfback Punch and it could help Beanie stay healthy.

  24. By Travis Stiegler on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    real surprised about the lack of an earlier OLB pick, could have had Ayers or Reed? looks like they are taking best available which is actually smart since free agency hasn’t started yet. they can fill holes then and make trades to get positions of need. taking this route makes the competition more fierce and the TEAM gets better. just expect some significant changes on the roster and anticipate one of our RBs to be part of a trade for Palmer/McNabb/Kolb/Bulger. I cant stand Bulger but Boldin said the other day that Bulger’s accuracy is the closest thing he has seen next to Warner’s. Something about the guy rubs me the wrong way – he doesn’t look like much and he doesn’t appear to be passionate about the game. It’s like he is just content being a backup and making money. Maybe I’m wrong but it appears the Cards have faith in Skelton for the future. I do too actually, he just needs some time.

  25. By Joel Soderburg on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    A fullback?!?!? It sems the Cards have lost their collective minds.

  26. By Joel Soderburg on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    you can’t run the ball withan o line that is leaking oil all over the place

  27. By MikeFlorio on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Without a QB, to stretch the field making passes to Ftizgerald then the opposing defense has to sinch down on stopping the run, and were gonna trust running the ball with a couple of rookies????

    I truly hope whiz has a good FA otherwise another dismal season. Same ole cards.
    Last year he wanted to throw it all over the place with rookie QBS and a lousy FA QB.
    This year Run and Run with rookies and no QBS

  28. By MikeFlorio on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren when are we gonna release, MAX Hall and Errant Andereson???

  29. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    MikeFlorio —

    RE: Roster moves

    No roster moves until the labor situation is settled.

  30. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    That was a sarcastic rhetorical question about Brown, in case you didn’t notice.
    A more direct question would be is FB a need position at this juncture, IYO?

  31. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: FB

    Yes, it is. More need than, say, OL or LB? I say no. But yes, it’s a need. They wanted to upgrade, and the position remains important in the offense, and, more importantly, with Jason Wright retiring, they needed a good special teams player.

  32. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    So that’s official? Wright is retiring?
    How about Bryan Robinson?

  33. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Wright/BRob

    Nothing is official on Wright, but I think he was leaning that way. Have not heard about Robinson.

  34. By Andy M on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I don’t know; it seems like a lot of folks commenting are looking at the draft in isolation. It is clear that the cognoscenti are angling toward an overhaul of the team. If they thought there was a quicker impact or the odds of finding a keeper by drafting a QB or pass rusher early-on, they would, but probably think free agency and young player development provide better odds in these areas of need. It would seem that the players selected thus far have a reasonable chance of stepping in quickly and contributing.

    Bottom line: you can’t have it all. Drafting for need yields a lower probability of success than “best available”. Everyone hates draft “busts” because they are expensive lost opportunities, so my feeling is give the front office the benefit of doubt until we see how their overall strategy including free agency comes together.

  35. By EDijkstra on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Sherman is Phil Steele’s second-ranked FB (#1 was Charles Clay of Tulsa). Comments: “Tough hard-nosed runner with great hands and is rising on a lot of draft boards.”. He had the most reps among RB’s with 32.

  36. By drummer-1 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Whiz is transitioning the team to what he want it to be a running team,last year all i read was crying, we need to run more, we need to run more, they are getting the players to do so and you guys are still crying, what a bunch of babys…I’m loving it though, you guys make me laugh and i love comedy..

    Like i always say, if you don’t like it don’t watch..Guess they know what they’re doing,because they are making the picks and you guys are not, just on here crying…now enjoy your day…

  37. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    @Bill L,

    I do think this team is better than last year for a couple of reasons; the major one being the change of DC’s. Davis was as good an OC as this league has seen in awhile.

    The other is many of our young guys now have some playing experience and even with the lockout it should help them feel more comfortable going into what we hope will be the 2011 season. Even the painfully mediocre group we had at QB have a year of the offensive system to go on, but our refusal to address the situation in the draft does leaves me thinking that Horton will need to field the most improved defense in the league if we’re going to have a shot at the division this year. The idea that a veteran FA will play better than a rookie is backed up by very little of anything we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons throughout the league.

  38. By Chuck 1 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply


    Sweetness, Jim Brown and Sayers could be in the Cards’ backfield and without a much improved O-Line, they would be dog meat!!!

  39. By Dre on May 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m confused really…aren’t we trying to get good players no matter what round. What is up with these comments from combine player

    OVERVIEW: Sherman is a stout fullback that does not have the strength to be a lead blocker at the next level. He is a fierce competitor that flashes a mean streak and looks to punish opponents. However, he is not explosive at the point of attack and does not generate a consistent push in the running game. He is not a natural runner that lacks the vision to find space and the speed to exploit seams. He is a capable blocker in pass protection, but not a weapon in the passing game. Sherman looks to be a rookie free agent.

    STRENGHTHS: Sherman has a very thick compact build. Keeps his head up and quickly locates who to hit. Plays with good leverage and delivers a powerful initial punch. Fights to the whistle and always finishes his blocks. High effort kid that is effective on special teams.

    WEEKNESSES: Does not have the lower body strength to always push defenders out of the hole. Dips head and misses blocks at times. Lacks good vision and struggles to find running lanes. Does not consistently push the pile and will not always get yards after contact. Drops too many catchable passes.

    C’mom man….don’t believe me than look for yourself.

  40. By Mass coach on May 1, 2011 | Reply

    hey, this kid is a hard worker and a tough football player, he will be successfull at this level, i coached against him in High school where he dominated at FB and Linebacker, and went on to be a very good player at UCONN . Good pick for the Cardinals , play him on special teams and see how tough he is ….Cardinals fans will like this guy.

    Patriots Fan

  41. By Mike Ellingboe on May 2, 2011 | Reply


    On the other hand, Gil Brandt, former VP of player personnel for the Cowboys for about 30 years, had this to say about him:

    “…the rare fullback who also possesses very good hands. Though players at his position don’t tend to go high on draft days, Sherman’s unique skills should lead to him coming off the draft board in the fourth or fifth round…”

  42. By DRC #1 FAN on May 2, 2011 | Reply

    Dre and other doubters.

    first off to dre. nfl .com is kind of lame with new and comments. “he keeps his head up and locates blockers” yet he ” ducks his head and misses blocks’? make up your mind whoever wrote that.

    secondly. if you want our FO to be stupid and pick off of what we need and not best player available than go be a bengals fan. seriously. or a panthers fan. they picked players to fill needs and left the best players to everyone else.

    FB is very important in our rung game. watch our blocks. if the FB does not seal that back end then our G and T pulls are not effective. the FB in our run scheme is almost our most important blocker.

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