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Kelvin Sheppard (LB)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    250 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    LSU
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 4 (68)

Pick Analysis: Buddy Nix has committed to adding talent to the Bills' defense through the draft. Sheppard is a tough, physical linebacker with instincts and awareness. He will push for playing time immediately at one of the inside linebacker spots and could be one of the hidden gems of the draft.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press22.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump33.5 inch
  • Broad Jump110.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.28 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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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.


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.

Grade

5.7

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 Draft Profile - LB Kelvin Sheppard, LSU

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Kelvin Sheppard

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:06 p.m.

    Watch LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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