You won’t see any other receiver work harder than Sterling Shepard. You’d never think he was only 5’10” at a buck-95 with the way he plays the game. Shepard is your prototypical slot receiver and is set for a productive career in the NFL. His silky smooth routes and reliable hands make him a disruptive force on the inside. Shepard was named a 2nd team All-American this past season and will find his name called on day 2.
Name: Sterling Shepard
Projection: 2nd Round
Comparison: Derrick Mason
Strengths: Proportioned body, smooth and controlled running form. Very good flexibility in the upper and lower body showing no stiffness. Quickness and requisite long speed. Adjusts well to the ball and makes catches outside his frame. Impressive after the catch and finds unique ways to get past the marker. Fights hard on every play and doesn’t mind putting his body in harms way. Holds onto the ball and stays focused when he hears footsteps in the middle of the field. Good hands catcher with few drops. Makes quick cuts and accelerates quickly. Should develop into a fine router-runner. Played inside and outside. Toughness in spades. Willing and productive blocker. Father played at Oklahoma, in the NFL, and coached college football before passing when Sterling was a young child. Terrific football and personal character and wants to coach when done playing.
Weaknesses: Small hands and short arms which can make him a small target. Lean and on the small side. Will struggle against bigger, stronger opponents due to lack of strength. Lacks blazing deep speed. Size and play demeanor will lead to time in the training room.
Overview: Sterling Sheperd is a terrific athletic, competitor, and person who should be able to carve out a very productive career. Although he lacks size he has a phenomenal little-man game and will find a home on the second day of the draft.