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Draft Season At Vikings Territory: WR Sterling Shepard Scouting Report

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][This Sterling Shepard Scouting Report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Sterling Shepard | Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

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Height – 5’10”
Weight – 193 lbs.
Age – 21-22 yrs.

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At First Glance

First Team All-Big 12

Projected Round:

2nd to 3rd Round

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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

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Undersized frame which will have NFL teams leery

Will most likely top out as a number 2 or 3 receiver in the NFL

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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.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Draft Season Logo[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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4 years ago

Shepard is a stud, I have watched him his entire college career. He is on the small side, and I’m not sure the Vikings need another one in that build, but he has serious talent.

4 years ago

Yep, agree with Mr. LeCount, seemed like every time I flipped it over to an OU game this dude was making plays.

4 years ago

I don’t know much about him so I’m curious why he’s not expected to develop into a #1 receiver. He seems to have all the necessary skills

Reply to  Zac
4 years ago

I think because of his size,scouts think he will struggle against NFL corners,especially in the red zone.
Personally,I don’t like to pigeon hole players as #1,#2 etc,it’s about having play makers.Talent will take you a long way if you have the right work ethic and too often people get hung up on size/speed.With a creative OC,Shepard could be a great weapon.

4 years ago

Shepard would be a nice addition. I think he would be a decent second round selection and a very solid third round pick.