Interior Defensive Lineman

Most impressive: Nathan Shepherd | DT | Fort Hays State

How do I say this with it sounding like a complete overreaction…

Nathan Shepherd was one of the most impressive Senior Bowl player I’ve ever seen.

Shepherd got hurt midway through the second day, so unfortunately we only got to see one full day and some lighter work on day two. But, in the time we had to judge him, he was hard to believe – in a good way. His combination of violent, fast hands, great get off the snap, power in his lower body and motor when executing his role was a combination I hadn’t seen before. He broke his hands, so we’re not sure if we’ll be able to see him at the Combine, but I hope so. He was the best player in Mobile, if you ask me. Hands down.

Most disappointing: Greg Gilmore | DT | LSU

Unfortunately for Gilmore, Shepherd was attracting a ton of attention an there were different players like Da”Shawn Hand who were flashing on the inside in faster ways. That made for Gilmore getting lost in the shuffle. Perhaps he had a better week that I’m giving credit for, but I didn’t notice him.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Wausa

THanks for the analysis Trevor. I watched some of the practices of the linemen and I was not impressed with what I saw from Davenport. I can not imagine he will be drafted in the top 10. The Bucs have the 7th pick in the first round and I am fairly convinced it will be one of these players: Barkley RB Penn State Chubb DE NC State Vea DT Washington Fitzpatrick DB Alabama James DB Florida State. All five are freak athletes with great size and speed for their positions and all have been extremely productive. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

How did Nathan Shepherd injure his hand at practice?

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Ozzy

Great article Trevor! I just watched day 2 and day 3 video of OL vs DL and DT Justin Jones and DT BJ Hill of NC State seem to have dominated almost all OL they faced. I wouldn’t mind picking one of these guys in the mid to late rounds of the draft

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CrustyClam

Barkley at 7 if available. DE ‘s are not real great. Chubb gone by 7. Best instant upgrade. Barber not ready to take full load.

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surferdudes

Having watched every UCF game I’ll tell you what Scott Frost said about Griffin. ” I don’t care if he has one hand, arm, or leg, you want this kid on your football team”. When a play needed to be made, he’d make it. He has great bend around the edge, and get’s under tackles pads. What makes him special as a pass rusher though is his closing speed. His burst in the closing 3 yards takes Q.B.’s by surprise. You’d think he’d miss tackles having one hand, but he uses that one arm of his as a hook runners… Read more »

Ken - Kfromfla

The Game seemed to tell a different tale of Marcus Davenport. He recorded a sack on what I believe was the first 3rd down he rushed in the game, and continued with several QB hurries, and pressures, plus a scoop and score. He worked inside and outside and was disruptive at both positions. Davenport was so disruptive that he had to be doubled and chipped in the 2nd half, which gave other player opportunities, IMO which lead to the defensive dominance from the South team. Maybe he needs some instructions on technique for 1-on-1 drills, but Marcus Davenport is holding… Read more »

Marc

Is Jaylen Samuels what the Bucs wanted Dan Vitalie(sp?) to be? A more physical straight line/goal line runner than Charles Sims?

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