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Sterling Shepard | Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 193 lbs.
Age – 21-22 yrs.
At First Glance
First Team All-Big 12
2nd to 3rd Round
Shifty, quick receiver who finds a way to separate from bigger defenders
Quick feet and turns on a dime
Plays tough even with his small frame, doesn’t show much fear
Soft hands, has ability to go get the ball
Outstanding route running and technique
Plenty of experience against top talent, started as a Freshman
Adds value on special teams with his ability to return punts
Undersized frame which will have NFL teams leery
Will most likely top out as a number 2 or 3 receiver in the NFL
Needs to prove he can get off the line against bigger, physical corners
NFL Player Comparison:
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
The Vikings Slant
Vikings fit? Possibly
Yes, wide receiver will be a big need for the Vikings come April – but the keyword is ‘big’. Minnesota has their share of small shifty receivers. It is time to add some size to the receiving corps – something that Shepard certainly doesn’t have.
That said, if a guy like Shepard starts falling in the draft, he is pretty much game for anyone. And really, you can’t have enough playmakers. While there are concerns about his size, Shepard has always seemed to overcome it. Time and time again, he makes tough plays and gets yards after the catch, proving he has the ability to be a starting wide receiver in the NFL. So while he might not perfectly fit the mold the Vikings are looking for in a receiver, he could someone they just can’t pass up in later rounds.