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Sterling Shepard displays slot WR potential at pro day


Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis -- were on hand for Oklahoma's pro day on Wednesday. A total of 13 Sooners draft prospects worked out, but the star of the day was wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

There were seven Oklahoma players who were at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Shepard -- 5-foot-10 1/4, 193 pounds -- stood on his combine numbers. He worked out as both a wide receiver and punt returner at the pro day, and caught the ball really well, displaying soft hands as a punt returner. Shepard is a great route-runner and has a lot of quickness. Shepard might catch 100 passes in a season some time while working as a slot receiver in the NFL.

Offensive guard Nila Kasitati -- 6-foot-3 3/4, 307 pounds -- improved his bench press number from 12 reps of 225 pounds at the scouting combine to 14 at his pro day. Kasitati is a big guy who moves pretty well, and he had a nice positional workout at Oklahoma's pro day.

Defensive end Charles Tapper -- 6-2 1/2, 275 -- did not work out due to a right hamstring problem.

Linebacker Dominique Alexander -- 6-0 3/8, 224 -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on both attempts. He also had a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.59 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.81 seconds. Alexander is a good football player and had a good positional workout.

Linebacker Devante Bond -- 6-1 1/4, 239 -- ran the 40 in 4.72 and 4.73 seconds. He worked out well in his positional drills.

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Linebacker Eric Striker -- 5-11 1/4, 228 -- stood on his numbers from the combine. Striker -- who might have to switch to safety in the NFL -- worked out in linebacker drills.

Cornerback Zack Sanchez -- 5-11 1/4, 181 -- ran the 40 in 4.5 and 4.48 seconds. He also had a 9-foot-7 broad jump. Sanchez is described as being very fluid and having very good ball skills. He also caught punts at the pro day and did a good job.

Another prospect who wasn't a combine invite but could get a look from an NFL team as a special teams player worked out at the pro day.

Linebacker Franklin Shannon -- 6-1 1/4, 235 -- ran the 40 in 4.71 and 4.77 seconds. He had a 10-foot-2 broad jump and 39-inch vertical jump. He also performed 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. One of the reasons so many teams attend Oklahoma's pro day is because many of these prospects -- Shannon included -- are good special teams players.

The pro day workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf. Following the workout, the scouts on hand were treated to an off-the-charts barbecue lunch at the RibCrib. That's typical Bob Stoops, treating those guys good, Oklahoma-style.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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