The leader of Colorado’s offensive line is heading to the NFL.
On Friday night, left tackle Will Sherman announced on Twitter that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
“My four years in Boulder have been nothing short of amazing, and it has been a blessing to play the game I love in such a great city,” Sherman wrote. “I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, support staff, and our great fans for supporting me during my time at CU.
“After many prayers and conversations with my family, I would like to announce that I will forgo my senior season at Colorado and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”
Sherman, a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Allen, Texas, was named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches and media this season.
Sherman is just the 11th player in CU history to forgo his senior year and declare early for the draft, but the third to do so in the last four years, joining cornerback Isaiah Oliver after the 2018 season and receiver Laviska Shenault last year.
Each of the previous 10 players from CU who declared early were drafted, including five within the first two rounds.
After redshirting in 2017, Sherman played in 30 games during his career at CU, with 27 starts. He has started in each of CU’s last 27 games — the team’s longest current streak.
A starter at left tackle in 2018, Sherman moved to right tackle last year when the Buffs signed graduate transfer Arlington Hambright — who started at left and went on to become a seventh round draft choice of the Chicago Bears last spring.
This year, Sherman moved back to left and anchored the offensive line while becoming one of the team’s top leaders. He was named a captain for two of CU’s six games this season.
During the five-game regular season, Sherman was the Buffs’ highest graded lineman, based on coaches’ grades. He allowed just one sack and was penalized once — a holding call during the first half of the season opener against UCLA. Sherman was also the Buffs’ highest-rated lineman at Pro Football Focus.
Sherman is just the second offensive lineman from CU to declare early, joining tackle David Bakhtiari in 2013. Bakhtiari was a fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers and has developed into one of the NFL’s best tackles.