Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 26/11/2.5 after 65/13.5/6 as a junior.
Positives: Explosive one gap lineman who makes plays in every direction of the field. Displays terrific first step quickness, plays with good pad level, and is fluid moving about the field. Quickly changes direction, gets lateral to chase the action, and shows ability in pursuit. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, plays with a nasty attitude, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
Negatives: Lacks bulk and struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack.
Analysis: Sheppard was a solid college player, yet he has growth limitations and marginal size. His build and playing style lends most to believe he has ability as a three-technique lineman at the next level.
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