Nathan Shepherd Draft Profile
Nathan Shepherd Draft Profile
Get to know Nathan Shepherd: A native of Ontario, Canada, Nathan Shepherd was a 205-pound linebacker in high school before attending Simon Fraser University. Eventually, he made his way to Kansas to play for the Tigers after a 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 om 2017, but 12.5 of those stops went for losses, including four sacks.
- Solid frame
- Work ethic
- Flashes unlimited potential
Analysis: As mentioned in the bio above, Shepherd has really grown into his size. He has added almost 100 pounds to his frame since high school and he still has room for strength gains. Shepherd has shown flashes of untapped potential and defensive brilliance–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. He has a built frame with solid length for the position. He 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. Willing to put in the work to reach his potential.
- Lower level of competition
- Needs better feel for blocking schemes
- Tries to use strength instead of technique
- Needs better use of hands
- Block shedding
Analysis: To say Nathan Shepherd is raw would be an understatement. At times on tape, I wondered out loud if Shepherd really understands the technique/position and if he has the ability to play along the defensive front. He has not played any elite competition and one has to wonder whether he will be the same type of players against other NFL’ers. 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. He needs to develop a mean streak to consistently stay on the field.
Size: 6’5 300lbs
Draft Rank: No.7 DT
NFL Comparison: Larry Ogunjobi
Draft Projection: Round 5
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