Photo of Sojourn Shelton
Grade
5.06 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.92 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.02 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 177LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands

Overview

Despite being a four-star recruit and all-county pick in the Miami area, Shelton decided to take his game to Wisconsin. He was a four-year starter for the Badgers, beginning with an honorable mention All-Big Ten freshman season (36 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass breakups), where his four picks ranked third in the nation among freshman. Shelton played in all 14 games, starting 12, in 2014, making 33 tackles and breaking up six passes. He earned honorable mention all-conference notice again in his junior year (29 tackles, seven pass breakups) and second-team All-Big Ten in 2016 (27 tackles, four interceptions, 12 pass breakups).

Analysis

Strengths

Four-year starter with excellent pattern recognition. Has talented feet. Ability to mirror-and-match receivers throughout the route is up there with Tre'Davious White from LSU. Eyes are balanced keying between the receiver and quarterback. If he sniffs a route break from off-coverage, he'll prepare to jump the route. Instinctive with lightning quick reaction time. Has closing burst to make a play on throws in front of him and long speed to check deep threats around the field. Willing to peel off of his coverage and range over to help play the ball or make a play on the pass catcher. Has the athletic ability to make the transition to full-time slot cornerback.

Weaknesses

Undersized with thin lower body. Can be pushed around by bigger receivers through the route. Jump balls will be a challenge. Flagged with 15 pass interferences during career. Doesn't have length to contest as many throws as he could. Needs to turn and find the ball a hair sooner when back is to the quarterback. Poor tackler this season. Finesse player who doesn't get finishing pop behind pads. Can be erased from the play by physical, run-blocking receivers. Not a return man and too small to offer viable special teams cover value.

Bottom Line

Shelton is an athletic cover man with quick, talented feet to stay connected to routes, but he lacks the functional size and strength needed for his work outside of coverage. While he clearly has the speed, quickness and instincts to handle man and zone coverage, any tackling concerns will be exacerbated as teams look to target him over and over if he's on the field. Without special teams talent, making a roster will be much tougher, but he's not without a strong check-mark in the coverage department.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.