Heading into training camp with the New York Jets, rookie defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd looks to make a name for himself in his first season in the pros.
The New York Jets decided once again to address their issues on defense that they were having in the front line by selecting Nathan Shepherd from Fort Hays State University. He was a very highly ranked player in his position and the Jets see plenty of potential in Shepherd. He is looking to pro a lot of people wrong and will look to make a name for himself.
By drafting Shepherd, the Jets added more young depth to the defensive line to help out Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon who will be the leaders on that team. He has plenty of things to learn but he also has plenty of upside to his game that Jets fans will be excited about. He brings a tough mindset and demeanor to the table in that he only cares about football and that’s it.
Here is a look at Shepherd’s complete profile as he heads into his first training camp for Gang Green.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
From his freshman through senior year, he was either first team or second team all-conference player in Division II college football.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Shepherd provides more young depth in the defensive lineman position and will look to make an immediate impact when his number is called. He will provide plenty of help in stopping the run and providing help in getting sacks on the quarterbacks.
Having Williams and McLendon as veteran leaders, Shepherd will be able to learn plenty from them. Through the right coaching and training, Shepherd can develop into a sufficient backup as he transitions to the pros. If he plays like the way he did in college, he should be eased into a rotational role in special defensive packages.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Shepherd is in position to be the No. 2 or 3 defensive lineman on the depth chart. He is a very smart and quick player who should be able to adapt to the pro level in due time. He is coming in at 6 feet 4 inches tall weighing in at over 315 pounds. Expect to see him make the team once training camp is over.