Nathan Shepherd

Fort Hays St.
DT

Prospect Info

College
Fort Hays St.
Hometown
Class
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
315 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.70
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 3 ‧ Pick 8
40 Yard Dash
5.09
Seconds
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.5
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.53
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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A native of Ontario, Canada, Shepherd was a 205-pound linebacker in high school before attending Simon Fraser University. Over the next couple of years, he continued to grow, eventually playing in nine games as a redshirt freshman for the Clan in 2012 (20 tackles, seven for loss, 2.5 sacks). Eventually, he made his way to Kansas to play for the Tigers after an FHSU coach saw his highlight tape. In 2015, Shepherd was a third-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association selection after starting all 12 games (69 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, two blocked kicks). He was a second-team all-conference pick the next season, posting 61 tackles, 9.5 for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. Shepherd ended his career with a second-team Associated Press Division II All-American senior campaign, also earning the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year award. He compiled just 38 stops in 2017, but 12.5 of those went for losses, including four sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Akiem Hicks
Overview
Shepherd is raw, but he could be well worth a team's time as a day two selection thanks to his NFL-caliber traits and his flashes as a pass rusher. Shepherd lined up inside in college, but may be better suited as a 4i or five-technique in a 3-4 front. While he won't be ready early on, he has the ability to become a productive NFL starter and his practices at the Senior Bowl showed that he could handle the step up in competition.
Strengths
  • Looks the part in the pads
  • Has added almost 100 pounds to his frame since high school and he still has room for strength gains
  • Has tapered frame with good length
  • Self-aware
  • Diagnoses and works on his weaknesses
  • Plus athlete with flexible hips and good lateral quickness
  • His physical traits and athletic ability will be considered moldable clay by NFL evaluators and coaches
  • Flashes a big-time hand slap and hip flip to hurl himself around a blocker's edge as a rusher
  • Athletic when pursuing in space
Weaknesses
  • Still very raw and has yet to get even a taste of the level of competition headed his way
  • His first couple of seasons could be redshirt years
  • Needs to develop a much better feel for blocking schemes
  • Allows down blocks to get too far into him
  • Tries to fight off double teams with force over technique
  • Hands need development to help unleash his potential at the point of attack
  • Unable to dominate his opposition as often as expected
  • Gets glued to blocks
  • Needs to play with more edge on the field

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GRADE
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