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2015 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 News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 7/220 - Shamar Stephen, NT, 6-5, 313, Connecticut...A two-gap run-stopper who can occupy two defenders. Not known for being a quick pass rusher, but has a good bull rush for a player taken this low. Will compete for the backup nose tackle spot with 30-year-old Fred Evans. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Shamar Stephen, UConn, Sr., 6-5 313, Brookville, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran,...Stephen adds his All-Conference honor to the Team MVP he received earlier this week. The defensive tackle was a stalwart on the UConn front, starting all 12 games and compiling 60 tackles, including 10 for loss and three sacks. The UConn captain finished third on UConn in total tackles while leading the squad in tackles for loss and finishing second in sacks. Stephen had a career-high eight tackles vs. USF on Oct. 12 and finished with multiple tackles for loss in three games, including a career-high 2.5 against Buffalo on Sept. 28. - UConn football

08/11/2013 - TOP CONNECTICUT PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. DT Shamar Stephen (6-5, 323) -- Stephen is the most experienced of the Huskies' D-linemen, having played in 34 games since his freshman year ('10), and he figures to anchor that unit again in '13. He possesses an impressive combination of size and athleticism, and exhibits awareness against the run. While Stephen's size leads some to automatically classify him as a run plugger, he has flashed above-average get-off and strong closing burst that could enable him to provide some disruption as a pass-rusher as well.

Where he needs to improve the most is in utilizing his hands to create space off the snap. While he'll often beat his opponent off the ball, he had a tendency to lead with his shoulder, allowing blockers into his frame too easily and is rendered ineffective too often as a result. He also doesn't appear to possess a lot of natural upper body strength, as he struggles to sustain arm extension when he does establish hand-placement early. If Stephen can tap into some of his apparent upside, and work to get stronger and more active up top, he could end up on the radar of several NFL teams this year. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 7/220 - Shamar Stephen, NT, 6-5, 313, Connecticut...A two-gap run-stopper who can occupy two defenders. Not known for being a quick pass rusher, but has a good bull rush for a player taken this low. Will compete for the backup nose tackle spot with 30-year-old Fred Evans. - The Sports Xchange
 

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