NFL Draft: Sterling Shepard

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Sterling Shepard is a prospect that has my attention. He stands 5’10” and 193 pounds, official numbers from Tuesday’s weigh ins during the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He may not have the “ideal size” many scouts say they want but as we have seen in recent season with players like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and Tyler Lockett size is not an issue. He addressed the issue on Tuesday night in Mobile Alabama.

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Sterling’s father Derrick Shepard also played at Oklahoma and in the NFL. His NFL career lasted only 6 seasons but three of those were for the Dallas Cowboys. Sterling was asked what he thought about playing for the team his father suited up for.

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During his final season in Norman, Shepard spent the majority of his time in the slot. Per Pro Football Focus, 69% of his 807 snaps were in the slot. He had 86 catches for 1288 and 11 ads during his senior season. The numbers he put up were all personal bests during his time at OU.

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stats via http://www.pro-football-reference.com

He is using this week in Mobile to prove to NFL scouts that he can line up at both inside and outside and play both positions very well. He possesses a very polished route running ability, something that should help him no matter where he lines up. He also possesses the ability to win against both man and zone coverage. While becoming a day one pick doesn’t seem incredibly likely at this point, he can cement himself as a solid day two pick. If he impresses all week in Mobile and takes momentum into the NFL Combine we have a late first rounder on our hands. The sky is the limit for Sterling Shepard, he’ll go as far as he’s willing to work for it. I look forward to seeing who drafts this talented young man.

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