Photo of JaCorey Shepherd
Drafted By: Eagles

Combine Results

Grade
5.36 ?
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Eagles get one of the more "high upside" prospects in a position of need for them. The former wide receiver transitioned to corner nicely and produced at a high level. They will love his ball skills. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 199LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

2014: First-team All-Big 12. Played in all 12 games with 11 starts. 2013: Honorable mention All-Big 12. Started all 12 games at CB. 2012: Converted from WR to CB. Played in eight games with three starts. 2011: Played in 10 games with two starts at WR. First Jayhawk freshman to record 100 receiving yards in a game since 1997 against McNeese State.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.65 and 4.68 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with exceptional ball skills. Reads receiver's eyes and plays the ball with great timing. Attacks the ball and receiver's hands to swat ball away. Had 32 passes defensed and 5 interceptions over last two seasons as a starter. Able to get into a receiver's chest in press coverage. Uses plus acceleration and smart angles to recover when beaten in space.

Weaknesses

His throttle sticks when forced to plant a foot and drive forward. Doesn't show much trust in his own deep speed. Will open hips prematurely, allowing receiver to turn him around or break off routes underneath. Gets rocked off balance out of press coverage by foot quickness and head fakes. Benefited from poorly thrown balls his way. Passive tackler who goes along for the ride.

Draft Projection

Round 5

Sources Tell Us

"He gets sloppy with his feet and technique, but I think he can play. You don't make that many plays on the ball because of luck. You make that many plays because you have a great feel for it." -- NFC college director of scouting

NFL Comparison

Sherrick McManis

Bottom Line

Borderline height to be an outside cornerback and could be looked at as a slot cornerback. His lack of physicality against the run will hurt him with some teams, but his ball skills and college production over the last two years will catch a lot of eyes and gives him a very good shot at making a roster his rookie season.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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