Photo of Malcolm Sheppard
Grade
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  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 285LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Sheppard is an undersized tackle that will be best suited for a three technique in a 4-3 defensive scheme. He is a hard-nosed, high energy player with durability and consistent effort. Sheppard is better on the move (stunting) to penetrate the line of scrimmage than aligning in base schemes versus the run. Sheppard does feel pad pressure well and reacts quickly to maintain his gap responsibility. He will have a tough time to anchor versus double teams at the next level but shows enough athleticism to develop into a solid back up.

Analysis

Strengths

Sheppard’s a highly-durable performer who stayed on the field during his career. Exhibits impressive toughness, especially for a smaller defensive tackle. Plays with good instincts and can find the football quickly. Possesses the work ethic necessary to improve. Productive player who received all-SEC recognition.

Weaknesses

He lacks size and bulk to consistently take on blockers, double-teams and eat space inside. Doesn’t have the power to push the pocket or consistently hold up against the run. Only adequate range in pursuit but does show good effort here. Hand use needs some polishing.
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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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