Christa’s Scouting Report: Sterling Shepard

Height: 5’10
Weight: 193

Overview: Sterling Shepard is a senior who plays wide receiver for the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, he was one of the players who was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award. He was also awarded the Disney Sports Spirit Award, which is an award that is given to the most inspirational college athlete. Currently in his career, he has 194 catches for 3,020 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) catches a pass in front of Kansas State defensive back Morgan Burns (33) and turns to carry it into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Kansas State won 31-30. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) catches a pass in front of Kansas State defensive back Morgan Burns (33) and turns to carry it into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Kansas State won 31-30. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Strengths: Has great hands and knows how to get open. A quarterback’s best friend. Clutch, reliable, and can be count on to make the tough plays when needed. Explosive and shifty knows how to gain more yards. Versatile, can also contribute on special teams. A great and competitive athlete. Good foot work, a very good route runner. A deep threat at the wide receiver position.

Weaknesses: Lack of ideal size at the wide receiver position. A deep threat, but lacks the blazing speed. At times, does not run his full route to complete his route.

My NFL Comparison: Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. Why Tate? Both Shepard and Tate are similar in size and have good hands. Like Tate, Shepard is quick and is a good route runner.

Projected Round (2016): A 3rd round draft pick. Shepard has good hands, is explosive, and is a polished route runner. Could easily be a starting slot wide receiver for a team in need of more playmakers on offense.

Bottom Line: Shepard is a reliable wide receiver who can be counted on to make the big plays when needed. He is a key part of the Oklahoma Sooners offense because of his play making ability and his strong hands. Perfect for a team that is in need of starting slot wide receiver in the next level.

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