2015 NFL DRAFT

Austin Shepherd, OT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Buford, GA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 315 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
172155

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.393.161.9317 297'10"4.708.04
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.273.011.81- --4.797.77

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Trimmed, well-proportioned frame with adequate build. Quick set with active hands. Consistent upper and lower body technique with correct hand placement to attack rushers with his punch. Plays sticky with good-enough lateral athleticism and foot quickness on the edges. Using body position in the run game to seal and wall-off run lanes, beating defenders to the spot. Smart and well-coached with excellent awareness to anticipate pressures and recognize stunts and twists. Boasts a healthy appetite for football with a finishing attitude. Coachable hard worker with high character on the field and off. Two-year starter in the SEC at right tackle (27 career starts) and has versatility to move inside to guard, practicing there during the Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Lack of functional length shows up quite a bit. Has some lower body stiffness and struggles to sink-and-redirect his momentum. Not an explosive mover, which shows off the snap and in space. Struggles to recover after rusher gains a step, lacking the quickness or power to make up for mistakes. Doesn't roll his hips, struggling to generate pop at the point of attack - needs to better drive his legs as a run blocker. Doesn't play with leverage or consistently sit in his stance with the proper knee bend to anchor. Won't overpower in a phone booth and needs to improve his mechanics to make up for his physical limitations. Not consistent at the second level and not ready for downfield responsibilities just yet.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

After D.J. Fluker left Alabama early for the NFL, Shepherd won the starting right tackle job in 2013 and started every game the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide. He doesn't play with ideal flexibility or fluidity, but he shows functional zone blocking traits, using angles and instincts to gain positioning and win the point of attack. Like Fluker, Shepherd's best NFL position is likely inside at guard as his athletic and strength limitations make him best in smaller areas.

A three-star recruit, Shepherd committed to Alabama as a junior in high school, choosing the Tide over in-state Georgia Tech. After redshirting in 2010, he was Fluker's back-up at right tackle as a redshirt freshman and sophomore (2011-12) and took over the right tackle duties as a junior in 2013, starting all 13 games. He returned for his senior season in 2014 and again started every game at right tackle (14 starts).

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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 7/228 - Austin Shepherd, T, 6-4, 315, Alabama...Big, strong player who will be a project. Two-year starter at right tackle for Alabama. Clearly, the Vikings aren't satisfied with their depth at tackle. - The Sports Xchange
 

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