Drafted in the second round by Cleveland (the same draft that gave us fellow ex-Browns Jordan Cameron and Buster Skrine), Sheard was chosen to bolster the defensive line (along with fellow draftee Phil Taylor). And bolster that line he did. In his first season, he recorded 8.5 sacks and forced five fumbles. Sheard quickly earned the reputation of being a menace to quarterbacks and offensive lineman began taking note on him. Sheard switched to the other end of the defensive line in his sophomore year and while his numbers weren’t quite as impressive as his rookie campaign, his seven sacks was still nothing to sneeze at.
Sheard did see more pass deflections given the nature of his new position, but not as many sacks or tackles were recorded as in the previous seasons. He was also hampered by a brief injury that sidelined him for three games. In 2014, Sheard was largely relegated to a backup role while still contributing to the team when he could.
Sheard was a great defensive player as a lineman, but he just wasn’t able to adjust to the linebacker position as well. I don’t blame this on him, though. I felt that he did not fit into the two different defensive systems we had in 2013 and 2014. Like I said, I think we should have kept him because he was a pretty durable defensive playmaker and I loved seeing him instill horror onto opposing quarterbacks. We just didn’t use him properly at the end of his time here. Still, I’ll be keeping an eye on him in New England and hopefully our offensive line holds up if we ever face him. Also, he had an awesome name. It’s just fun to say, is it not?