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2016 NFL Draft: Sterling Shepard selected 40th overall by New York Giants

Sterling Shepard - WR, OklahomaPick Analysis


Sterling Shepard – WR, Oklahoma

Pick Analysis

The Giants select Shepard, and in him they get someone who can immediately make an impact. He is extremely competitve and has some great hands. He is undersized so should be used in the slot, however lining up with Beckham and Cruz, he will see some one on ones in his early career. He is very quick and con also contribute on the Return team. (Thomas Clapham)

Player Analysis

Having had struggles staying healthy each of the last couple years, Shepard was finally able to put together a full season for the Sooners and fulfil his potential, and finished with 86 receptions, 1288 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Of course, with his small build, staying healthy and available is going to remain a little bit of a concern going forward when NFL teams make that decision on when to draft him, so his big 2015 was critical in helping towards easing that concern.  There’s no doubt though that when on the field, Shepard is an exceptional playmaker.  No-one can match him this year for route running ability and to create space and separation.  He gives corners’ fits trying to stick with him as he utilises his sharp, quick changes of direction and breaks in his routes with perfect timing that will serve him well as a pro and make him an ideal slot receiver.  His timing, concentration and outstanding hands sees him make practically every makeable ball thrown his way, and often in spectacular style.  With his athleticism, creativity and vision also making him a great candidate to return punts early on, something he did at times in his Oklahoma career, he could also be in some ways this year’s version of Tyler Lockett. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Sterling Shepard selected 40th overall by New York Giants

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