Sermon displays impressive patience as he let his excellent offensive line at Oklahoma and Ohio State open the holes. Arguably his most impressive strength is his vision as he consistently finds the open hole even if it takes time to develop. His vision and patience go hand in hand and they result in a runner who maximizes the talent of his offensive line. He’s an angular runner who thrives in a zone rushing scheme that utilizes pulling guards and trap plays. He consistently finds the edge of the defense and looks to follow the shoulders of his blockers. In space, it often seems like he’s gliding because he’s equipped with tremendous lateral agility and his creative style. He has a tremendous juke move and is able to evade tacklers by his smooth rushing style. The Oklahoma transfer is able to maneuver through traffic between the tackles due to his tremendous footwork ability to change direction. He always puts in effort in pass protection, especially when he was the lead blocker on designed QB runs for Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma.
Sermon runs without true thump or power in his game. This is exhibited in his struggles in short yardage situations. He lacks pure deep speed and his burst into the second level leaves a lot to be desired. Doesn’t have the elite quickness or elusiveness to make defenders miss one-on-one. His ability as a third down back is in question because he isn’t a pure receiver and doesn’t possess an after the catch ability.
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