Thursday, August 30, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:52 AM
KELVIN SHEPPARD: LSU, 6021 246 4.66. Two-year starter who is physical and emotional in his play. Good leader. Doesn’t stay blocked. Quick to separate and hustles to the ball. Nose for the ball. Quick to sniff out the middle screen. Plays fast sideline to sideline. Has experience at all three linebacker spots in the 4-3 defense. Stays on his feet and plays square. Takes smart angles. Good lateral agility. Senior Bowl notes: excellent initial read and react. Good first step and gets downhill with no hesitation. Solid tackle to tackle player with good inside run instincts. Decent range and can get to the ball outside. Very aggressive taking on blocks but tends to get locked up as he looks for the ball instead of defeating the block. At his best with a clear path to the ball. Takes a decent drop in coverage but has average range and change of direction reacting to the throw. Plays the run well but struggles in coverage and in space. Career stats: 311 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks, 26 TFL, 7 PBU. Did not work out at the Combine due to right hamstring injury. Edge speed:left 2.04, right 2.23. Third/fourth round. (A-32, H-9 3/4, BP-22, SS-4.28).