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Now go play like a Jet.

 

Bio: 

Three-year starter who was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team D-II All-America honors as a senior. Made 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) with four sacks to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Named Second Team All-MIAA and recorded 61 tackles (9.5 for loss), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 2016. Earned Third Team All-MIAA honors and posted 69 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks as a sophomore. Started his career at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Pos: 

Large, athletic defensive tackle prospect with tremendous upside. Quick, explosive and plays with proper pad level. Resilient, keeps his feet moving and works his hands to shed blockers. Fluidly changes direction with the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack, easily redirects to ball carriers and has proven to be a disruptive force. Intense, stays with the action and makes a lot of athletic plays. Very athletics and possesses size and growth potential.

Neg: 

Must develop more moves to get off blocks. Often tied up and blocks when he should not. Was never a dominant pass rusher at the small-school level.

Analysis: 

Shepherd is an athletic defensive line prospect with a great deal of underlying athleticism and tremendous upside potential. He’ll need time to develop his game and improve his playing strength but if focused on the task at hand and properly coached, Shepherd should develop into a starter at the next level.

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With their second pick of the 2018 NFL draft in the third round (72nd overall), the Jets have taken Fort Hays State Defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd.

Projected to go in round 2 of the draft by NFL.com, here’s what the site had to say regarding the 315 lb Ontario, Canada native.

Player Bio
A native of Ontario, Canada, Shepherd was a 205-pound linebacker in high school before attending Simon Fraser University. Over the next couple of years, he continued to grow, eventually playing in nine games as a redshirt freshman for the Clan in 2012 (20 tackles, seven for loss, 2.5 sacks). Eventually, he made his way to Kansas to play for the Tigers after an FHSU coach saw his highlight tape. In 2015, Shepherd was a third-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association selection after starting all 12 games (69 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, two blocked kicks). He was a second-team all-conference pick the next season, posting 61 tackles, 9.5 for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. Shepherd ended his career with a second-team Associated Press Division II All-American senior campaign, also earning the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year award. He compiled just 38 stops in 2017, but 12.5 of those went for losses, including four sacks.
Analysis
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NFL Comparison
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Overview

Shepherd is raw, but he could be well worth a team’s time as a day two selection thanks to his NFL-caliber traits and his flashes as a pass rusher. Shepherd lined up inside in college, but may be better suited as a 4i or five-technique in a 3-4 front. While he won’t be ready early on, he has the ability to become a productive NFL starter and his practices at the Senior Bowl showed that he could handle the step up in competition.

Strengths
  • Looks the part in the pads
  • Has added almost 100 pounds to his frame since high school and he still has room for strength gains
  • Has tapered frame with good length
  • Self-aware
  • Diagnoses and works on his weaknesses
  • Plus athlete with flexible hips and good lateral quickness
  • His physical traits and athletic ability will be considered moldable clay by NFL evaluators and coaches
  • Flashes a big-time hand slap and hip flip to hurl himself around a blocker’s edge as a rusher
  • Athletic when pursuing in space
Weaknesses
  • Still very raw and has yet to get even a taste of the level of competition headed his way
  • His first couple of seasons could be redshirt years
  • Needs to develop a much better feel for blocking schemes
  • Allows down blocks to get too far into him
  • Tries to fight off double teams with force over technique
  • Hands need development to help unleash his potential at the point of attack
  • Unable to dominate his opposition as often as expected
  • Gets glued to blocks
  • Needs to play with more edge on the field

Following the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets had a need along the defensive line and they hope Shepherd fits the bill.

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TFW you haven’t even heard of the school, let alone the player.

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So... they went DT.  Yeah, this should go over well.

Welcome Shepherd and good luck, because while it's not your fault, you won't so well received by many fans.

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From the size of this guy it looks like he wants to go eat a g'damn snack.

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DT was actually kind of a need just as any other position after the sons all left. Don't know anything about him, hope he kicks ass.

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I’m actually cool with this...we really just didn’t have anyone worth a damn on the DL besides Leo Williams.  And the OL on the board were such a reach in the 3rd round 

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"Has added almost 100 pounds to his frame since high school and he still has room for strength gains.." What the .... Canada has some pretty lax PED enforcement. Jump to your own conclusions.

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Just now, New York Mick said:

25 years old, plays DT, played for a unhearded of school and doesn’t help the ******* offense. ******* dickheads. 

Old man playing a young mans game. 

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Just now, NoBowles said:

Hey, we are lucky Bowles let us get one offensive pick, you wanted two??

Bowles is a DICK 

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11 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

From the size of this guy it looks like he wants to go eat a g'damn snack.

Snacks 2.0

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3 minutes ago, New York Mick said:

25 years old, plays DT, played for a unhearded of school and doesn’t help the ******* offense. ******* dickheads. 

Don't hold back. How do you really feel ?

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Just now, Patriot Killa said:

Some of you are ridiculous when you don’t get your way. You don’t know more than a scout/GM who has been on the job for 25+ years.

give it a mother*cking rest.

The only thing I don’t love his the fact he’s 24. He’s BPA and a solid need in the 3rd though.

Dude have you been following the Jets under the Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles regime? 

We question and mock everything they do, because its usually bad. 

25+ years scouting........ we haven't won jack sh*t in 49 years..................

 

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Macc gonna Macc.

Maybe one day this idiot will wake up and realize we need to build up the offense. I'm sure Darnold is just thrilled with this pick.

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Just now, Sully80 said:

Raw as can be, 25 years old, played against borderline high schoolers. Ecstatic.

LOL the thought that NY Jets scouts actually scouted this guy. 

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James Harrison was an UDFA, just sayin. It's all a crap shoot. But, Jet fans are mad because we didn't take Orlando Brown, a guy who literally had 1 of the worst showings in combine history because he plays offense, lol. Most boards had this guy going BEFORE the 72nd pick. 

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