Photo of Kelvin Sheppard
Grade
5.76 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 250LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Sheppard has the skill-set necessary to become a solid starting 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL. Does a good job pursuing and tackling in open space and on the perimeter and can play in zone coverage but doesn't possess elite speed to consistently apply pressure off the edge or matchup in man against dangerous backs or tight ends. Struggles when cornered in a phone booth. Can be neutralized if blockers get good position and their hands on him. Takes some false steps and loses discipline with pursuit angles at times, but does possess solid instincts and awareness. Sheppard could sneak into Day 2.

Analysis

Strengths

Sheppard possesses great height and enough speed. Pretty instinctive player who reacts quickly. Changes directions well, breaks down in space and is a very sound open-field tackler. Can deliver the kill-shot on occasion and looks to strip the football. Is comfortable playing in zone coverage and can match up in man against most RB's and TE's.

Weaknesses

Can be dominated by bigger blockers. Has a tough time getting of blocks in tight quarters. Susceptible to being sucked in by play-action. Doesn't take the most direct route to the football on occasion. Can be beat by athletic pass-catchers up the seam. Doesn't have refined pass-rushing technique.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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