Derek Sherrod
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Sherrod with the Green Bay Packers in 2011
No. 78
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-04-23) April 23, 1989 (age 34)
Chula Vista, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school:Caledonia (MS)
College:Mississippi State (2007–2010)
NFL draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:20
Games started:1
Player stats at

Derek Lee Sherrod (born April 23, 1989) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.

Early years

Sherrod was born in Chula Vista, California. He attended Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Mississippi, where he played for the Caledonia Confederates high school football team. He was a four-year starter on the offensive line and three-year regular on the defensive side of the ball. He allowed just one quarterback sack during his senior season and was credited with 32 pancake blocks, while also making 79 tackles on defense, with six quarterback sacks and four fumble recoveries. Sherrod was a first-team All-State selection in Class 3A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches at offensive tackle.

Regarded as a four-star recruit, he was listed as the No. 13 offensive tackle prospect of the class of 2007.[1] He chose Mississippi State University over Florida, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisville and Ole Miss.

College career

In 2007, his true freshman year, Sherrod played in all but two games (11 of 13) during regular season. As a sophomore, he became a starter in the final 11 games for the Bulldogs at left tackle, after missing the season opener due to injury and not starting in Week 2.

In his junior season, Sherrod started all 12 games at left tackle and helped pave the way for Mississippi State to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing, with running back Anthony Dixon recording 1,391 yards for the season (a new MSU single-season rushing record).

As a senior, he was a first-team All-SEC selection and helped the Bulldogs to a 9–4 record and a 52–14 victory over Michigan in the 2011 Gator Bowl.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Sherrod was selected in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.[2][3] He was the first Mississippi State Bulldog selected in the first round since Walt Harris and Eric Moulds in 1996.

Sherrod broke his right leg on December 18, 2011 when linebacker Tamba Hali rolled into him during the fourth quarter of the Packers 19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed the entire 2012 season recovering from the injury.

On August 20, 2013, Packers GM Ted Thompson stated he was confident Sherrod would play in the 2013 season.[4] Sherrod started the 2013 on the PUP list. He was moved to the active roster on November 5, 2013.

Sherrod was waived on November 3, 2014.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs

On December 31, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Sherrod to a future free agent contract.[6] He was cut from the team on September 5, 2015 as the Chiefs reduced their roster to 53 players.[7]

Personal life

Sherrod graduated in August 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business with a focus on financial risk management, insurance and financial planning, with a 3.54 grade point average. He was a finalist for the NCAA's 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, commonly called the "Academic Heisman."[8]


  1. ^ "Offensive tackles 2007". January 24, 2007.
  2. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  3. ^ Huffman, Joshua (April 29, 2011). "Green Bay Packers Select Derek Sherrod in The First Round of The 2011 NFL Draft: Fan's Take". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ted Thompson hopeful with Sherrod, has praise for Jolly, keeps door open at kicker". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ "Packers activate JC Tretter, release Derek Sherrod". Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. ^ Thorman, Joel (2014-12-31). "Chiefs sign 14 players, including former Packers 1st round pick". Arrowhead Pride. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ "Chiefs Roster down to NFL-Mandated 53". September 5, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Cleveland, Rick (November 26, 2010). "MSU tackle stars on and off field". The Clarion-Ledger.