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Name: Nathan Shepherd (+) Coming off 01-24-18 Hand INJ
College: Fort Hays State     Number: 97
Height: 6-4   Weight: 310
Position: DT  Pos2: DE  Class/Draft Year: Sr/2018
40 Low: 4.93
  40 Time: 5.04
   40 High: 5.15

Projected Round: 3      Stock: 
Rated number 11 out of 172 DT's     92 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6037
Weight: 310

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Wingspan: 80 5/8

Height: 6037
Weight: 310

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 Data Scout Notes: (+) Coming off 01-24-18 Hand INJ/Senior Bowl Practice...Transfer from Simon Fraser
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  Nathan Shepherd
Fort Hays State
Defensive Tackle
6-4, 310, 5.07, #97
Ajax, Ontario
J Clarke Richardson


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  01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 2. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State...One of the top non-FBS prospects in the 2018 draft class, Shepherd stood out immediately with his nimble lower body and powerful upper body. Unfortunately, he broke his hand during Wednesday's practice, but his performance through two practices was enough to create top-100 buzz among scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Fort Hays State defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd has had a dominant two days of practice. His point-of-attack power and agile lower body were evident on Wednesday -- and when he used both in unison, only Will Hernandez could keep him corralled. Unfortunately, he sustained a broken hand toward the end of the practice and is done for the week. But Shepherd raised his profile in Mobile and was the best defensive lineman on the North squad through two practices. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


 Overview

  Shepherd took a unique journey from high school to NFL prospect, putting together strong senior tape and helping lead Fort Hays State to an undefeated 2017 regular season and MIAA Championship. He lined up primarily over the A-gap in Fort Hays State’s multiple front and served as a block-eater, which didn’t inflate the stat sheet (four sacks in 2017), but he didn’t go unnoticed as an All-American and finalist for the Cliff Harris Award (top non-Division-I defensive player).

Shepherd is an extremely active player with the lower body athleticism and upper body power to stay unhinged from blockers and in constant pursuit of the football. He shows a baseline understanding of how to use his hands, but relies more on raw ability than technical know-how, which worked vs. Division-II competition, but won’t in the NFL.

BACKGROUND
Shepherd was a 205-pound linebacker at J. Clarke Richardson in Ajax, Ontario and signed with Division-II Simon Fraser in British Columbia. He moved to defensive end during his redshirt year and spent the season adding weight to his frame. Shepherd played in nine games on the defensive line as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and posted 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Due to financial issues, he left the program and spent the next two years working odd jobs (construction, etc.) and taking community college classes. Division-II Fort Hays State showed interest and Shepherd decided to give football another try, moving from Canada to Hays, Kansas and walking on to the football program in 2015. He earned an immediate starting role and recorded 69 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, earning Third Team All-MIAA honors.

Shepherd started all 12 games as a junior in 2016 and collected 61 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles, earning Second Team All-MIAA honors. He again started all 12 games as a senior and was named the 2017 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year with 38 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, earning several First Team All-America honors. Shepherd received an invitation to the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, but declined once he received an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Grown man build with broad shoulders and proportionate thickness. Nimble feet and lateral quickness in short-areas. Swivel hips with flexibility throughout his core. Wriggles forward and stays balanced through congestion. Hammer hands and swipes, making it tough for blockers to latch on. Uses his aggressive punch to snatch and discard of road blocks. Efficiently strings together pass rush moves. Relentless hustle and competes with contained violence. Two blocked kicks on special teams in his career. Added 100+ pounds of good weight to his frame since high school. Bet on himself by moving to a different country and walking on, eventually earning a scholarship and graduating with his degree. Started every game the past three seasons with improved play each year. Team-first mentality and “selfless” according to his defensive coordinator at Fort Hays State, frequently commanding double and triple teams on tape. – Dane Brugler 2/5/2018

WEAKNESSES
Older prospect who was physically superior to his Division-II opponents in college. Pads rise off the snap and needs to protect his legs. Relies on upper body power and effort over technical savvy. Inconsistent pass rush plan and tends to make it up as he goes. Needs to be a better backfield finisher. Inconsistent anticipating blockers and can be washed out of the hole. Anchor strength frequently tested. Can be late to locate the ball. Broke his hand (second metacarpal spiral fracture) during Senior Bowl practices (Jan. 2018). Inexperienced against top-level competition and never played higher than Division-II. – Dane Brugler 2/5/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Shepherd is an upfield player who likely requires a redshirt NFL season in year one, which isn’t ideal for a player who turns 25 years old as a rookie, but his exciting traits are promising for a patient coaching staff.


 Career Notes

  All-America selection as a defensive lineman two consecutive years (2016 and 2017), including two first-team selections in his senior season…2017 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year…Three-time All-MIAA performer…Finished with 168 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in his three-year career at FHSU…Finalist for 2017 Cliff Harris Award, tying for most votes among NCAA Division II finalists.

 2017 Season

  Named to All-America First Team on the defensive line by the AFCA and D2Football.com…All-America Second Team selection by the Associated Press…Named to D2CCA All-Super Region 3 First Team...MIAA Defensive Player of the Year…Tied for the most votes among Division II finalists for the Cliff Harris Award, given to the nation’s top small college defensive player from NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA combined…Invited to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Reese’s Senior Bowl…Finished the year with 38 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks…Produced a season-high seven tackles against Central Missouri (9/7/17)…Had a season-best three tackles for loss in the win that clinched the MIAA title for FHSU at Northwest Missouri State (11/4/17)…Produced tackles for loss in nine of 11 games.

 2016 Season

  Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention selection at defensive tackle…All-MIAA Second Team selection on the defensive line…Ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 61…Had at least six tackles in six contests…Ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (9.5)…Tied for third-most sacks on the team with three for the season…Tied for second-most forced fumbles on the team with two…Produced a season-high eight tackles against Central Oklahoma (Sept. 17) and Eastern New Mexico (Dec. 3)…Had a season-high 2.5 tackles for loss at Northeastern State (Sept. 24).

 2015 Season

  Earned All-MIAA Third Team honors on the defensive line...Started all 12 games...Ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 69, finishing with five tackles for loss, three sacks, and two blocked kicks...Earned Mineral Water Bowl Defensive Player of the Game honors with a season-high 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 5)...Recorded unassisted sacks against Northeastern State (Sept. 12) and at Missouri Western (Oct. 10)...Both of his blocked kicks occurred against Northeastern State.

 2012 Season

  Appeared in nine games as a freshman in 2012, making 20 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 7.0 tackles for loss...Had one interception and returned it 18 yards.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 2. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State...One of the top non-FBS prospects in the 2018 draft class, Shepherd stood out immediately with his nimble lower body and powerful upper body. Unfortunately, he broke his hand during Wednesday's practice, but his performance through two practices was enough to create top-100 buzz among scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Fort Hays State defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd has had a dominant two days of practice. His point-of-attack power and agile lower body were evident on Wednesday -- and when he used both in unison, only Will Hernandez could keep him corralled. Unfortunately, he sustained a broken hand toward the end of the practice and is done for the week. But Shepherd raised his profile in Mobile and was the best defensive lineman on the North squad through two practices. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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