PFF scouting report: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

Gordon McGuinness and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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Sterling Shepard

PFF scouting report: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

Here is the PFF draft profile for Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Slot receiver — Shepard spent 68.9 percent of his snaps in the slot in 2015

Stat to know:

At 3.17, Shepard had the second-highest yards per route run average from the slot of any receiver in this draft class

What he does best:

• Slot machine. Had 1,015 yards and six touchdowns from the slot in 2015
• Good hands, just four drops from 89 catchable passes thrown his way
• Good acceleration in and out of cuts
• Tracks deep passes well in the air, and with a 41 inch vertical at the scouting combine, can go up and win the ball


Biggest concern:

• Doesn’t quite have top end speed, though he certainly isn’t slow, and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the scouting combine
• At 5-10 and 194 pounds, is he purely a slot receiver in the NFL?

Player style comparison:

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots: Like Edelman, Shepard has as chance to develop into a top wide receiver out of the slot, something which can create a matchup nightmare for teams

Bottom line:

He might lack the height that many people want and expect from a top receiver, but in today’s NFL a player who can do as much damage as he can out of the slot can be invaluable to an offense


| Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst

Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • Robert Schmitz

    You need to mention his downfield blocking ability as well as his ability to finish plays in space. His elusiveness is what made him unguardable.

  • Tim Edell

    Just got done watching film on him and came away tremendously impressed with his route running ability. He gets in and out of his breaks with no hesitation he will be a very tough receiver to guard from the slot.

  • Anthony

    He’s my favorite so far, just like Tyler Lockett was last year.