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Lito Sheppard | CB | Florida | Southeastern Conference
Selected by Philadelphia Eagles in round 1, pick 26 (26 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'10 194 4.43 4.10
Lito Sheppard
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Third-year junior that impacts the game as both a cornerback and return specialist. Defensive numbers were 42/2/6 last season, while averaging 26/9.5/0 returning punts and 7/24/0 on kick returns. All-Conference selection as a sophomore when he totaled 40/6/14 defensively and averaged 22/14.0/2 returning punts and 13/22.9/0 on kick returns. Reserve player his freshman campaign and used at receiver sparingly throughout his career.

Big play prospect that likes to take chances. Quick and fluid back pedaling off the line, smooth turning in his hips to run with opponents and fast moving down the flanks. Cognizant of what is happening on the field, quick to read or anticipate the action and immediately turns back to the ball making plays against the pass. Displays an excellent move on the ball as well as closing speed, has solid ball skills and opposing quarterbacks purposely throw away from him. Takes a lot of chances as a return specialist and consistently breaks a long one if given a small amount of open space. Sure-handed tackler when he gives effort but not overly aggressive. Likes to gamble and play the ball rather than the man, falls asleep on occasion and rather easily gives up the inside to opponents. Gets out-muscled or out-positioned by larger receivers though he would not be classified as a “small corner”. Quality cover-corner at the next level if he learns to play a more disciplined brand of football and picks up the physical nature of his game. Late First Round.

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