CU Buffs’ William Sherman drafted by Patriots

Offensive lineman taken in sixth round of NFL Draft

Colorado offensive lineman William Sherman during Alamo Bowl walkthrough on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.
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Colorado offensive lineman William Sherman during Alamo Bowl walkthrough on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.

William Sherman bet on himself this winter, and it paid off.

On Saturday, the former Colorado offensive lineman was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Sherman, who is 6-foot-3, 310 pounds and skipped his senior year with the Buffaloes, was selected 197th overall and was the only lineman drafted by the Patriots.

Sherman is the first CU offensive lineman taken within the first six rounds since David Bakhtiari was a fourth-round choice of the Green Bay Packers in 2013.

This is the fifth consecutive season CU has had a player drafted. It’s the second straight year an offensive lineman was taken after Arlington Hambright was a seventh-round choice of the Chicago Bears in 2020.

A three-year starter with the Buffs, Sherman elected to skip his senior season to enter the draft early. He is the 11th CU player to enter the draft early and all 11 have been drafted.

Sherman was the Buffs’ starting left tackle for the final nine games of the 2018 season and then moved to right tackle in 2019 when the Buffs added Hambright as a graduate transfer.

After starting all 12 games in 2019 at right tackle, Sherman moved back to left tackle last season and started all six games there. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors last year.

In the NFL, Sherman projects as an interior offensive lineman and has spent this offseason working at guard and center. He even spent time working with Ryan Jensen, starting center of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I felt the next step would be showing my versatility, as far as playing the interior,” Sherman said after his pro day in March. “I’ve actually taken some practice snaps at guard, so I’m comfortable playing guard. Really I just wanted to showcase (at pro day) my ability to play center, so taking lots of snaps.”

This week, Sherman told BuffZone, “I still am confident in myself in being able to play not just tackle and guard, but all five positions. I’m excited to see whichever team drafts me where they want to put me. Whatever that position is, I’m excited to play there.”

New England has drafted 13 former Buffs over the years, but Sherman is the first since offensive lineman Nate Solder was a first-round choice in 2011.