2017 NFL DRAFT

Shamar Stephen, DT

School: Connecticut  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Brookville, NY
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 309 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
222206-7

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.253.02-25 30 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.233.001.7525 30 1/28'7"--

Player Overview

Stephens offers size and power as a run stuffer in the middle, capable of lining up as a nose guard in either alignment. With better use of hands, he could offer something against the pass, as well.

Stephens isn't going to compete for a sack title any time soon but has enough short-area quickness to take advantage of a free lane to harass the quarterback.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Massive defender with the broad shoulders, long arms and powerful leg drive to hold up in the middle as a run-stuffing presence.

Quickly uncoils his arms to jolt blockers at the point of attack, extending his arms to create room to maneuver. Strong and alert enough to locate ballcarriers on either side of him, slipping free or simply reaching out to grab ahold of his opponent for drag-down stops.

Impressive strength and flexibility throughout his core to absorb double-teams, rarely getting pushed off the line of scrimmage. Durable. Played in 46 games over his collegiate career.

WEAKNESSES: Offers little in terms of the pass rush, showing just average initial and lateral quickness to penetrate gaps and limited hand technique. Doesn't get his hands up in passing lanes enough considering his size. Knocked down just one pass in 2013 and only six over his career.

Provides effort but tires quickly when pursuing down the line. Clearly talented but didn't dominate until 2013, which could lead to concerns about whether he was simply motivated by the promise of an NFL contract.

COMPARES TO: Cam Thomas, San Diego Chargers - Like Thomas, Stephens offers size and power as a run stuffer in the middle, capable of lining up as a nose guard in either alignment. With better use of hands, he could offer something against the pass, as well.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

 
 
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