Sherrod hopes to break MSU's 1st round NFL drought - - Jackson, MS

Sherrod hopes to break MSU's 1st round NFL drought

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - During Derek Sherrod's 4-year career at Mississippi State, there weren't many reasons to criticize the massive 6-foot-6, 305-pound left tackle.

1 of the few was for someone who was supposed to be such a mean football player, he was awfully nice.

But Sherrod's constant smile has served him well, and it looks like he'll have another reason to grin early in the NFL draft, which begins with the first round on Thursday night.

Sherrod could become the first MSU player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1996, which is the longest drought for an SEC program.

Mississippi defensive tackle Jerrell Powe also has a chance at being selected in the first round, though most projections have him as a mid-round selection.

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