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Here are the 13 LSU players invited to the NFL Combine:
--- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard was left off the list as he didn't land an invite to work out for NFL teams at the combine. Tough blow for the former five-star prospect who ended up grabbing a late invite to the Senior Bowl.
This post was edited by Shea Dixon 17 months ago
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
Why, do you think, the coaching staff never found a way to use Sheps talents.....just like K. Williams, we all expected great things for them but it never happened? Comments?
Two things here....
1. Terrible OCs who dont know how to use a talent like his
2. He played the wrong position, I'm sorry but he was a miserable WR...when at RB or with the ball immediately in his hands he was a big threat, when it was thrown to him it was a drop waiting to happen...also, Shepard was a 5-star, but really, he wasn't that talented...still could have been used much better than he was the last 2 years...inexplicable the coaching staff just stopped using him almost all together as a RB/ball in hands quickly the last 2 seasons after the success he had the first 2 seasons
Shepard best reminds me of a Trindon Holliday type player but for whatever reason the coaches kept feeding the ball to Holliday when they just nearly stopped with Shepard the last few seasons.
Paul Mainieri = 358-147 ovr (70.9%), 136-100 SEC (57.6%), 21-10 NCAA (67.7%), 3 CWS App., 2 SEC Titles, 1 National Title
I also think he was in the wrong position, but I think the position that would have suited him the best would have been CB. To me he has the right body type and athleticism to play that position. Was hoping he would get the chance to show off those skills at the combine. I do again that now he will only be a Tindon Holiday, only returning kicks, if he even makes it in the league.
I think it's a combination of things, the biggest being that Shepard was a man without a position.
He wanted to go QB that first year, but it didn't take long for it to become obvious that he would never have an impact at LSU at that position.
He showed flashes of the high school Shepard when he got the ball in his hands at RB, but he then become a one-dimensional guy. Why? Because he couldn't catch with any consistency, and that became another huge issue for why he never saw more time at wide receiver. If a good game for an LSU WR is 4 catches for 50 yards, then it shows they are picking and choosing the spots to pass the football to the playmakers. Shepard was never going to get those looks over guys like Landry and Beckham, let alone Randle and the other wide receivers who were in the program his first three years.
I think in the SEC, with the speed of the game, he may well have been best suited to try and play CB with an emphasis in the return game. It was just always an uphill battle for him at WR.
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I posted this in another thread in response to a question from Sonny.
I haven't seen any published stories about this being the most underclassmen to declare. I know this is a record. Miami had a bunch of times with 6 and it looks like the most otherwise is 7 in a season since the NFL allowed junior declarations in 1989 (thank you Barry Sanders). Total juniors declaring was 54 in 2001, 54 in 2003, 57 in 2005, 52 in 2006, 53 in 2008, 53 in 2010, 61 in 2011, 68 in 2012 and then a record 73 for this draft in 2013. otherwise the most in a season is 44. I can't imagine a single school having nearly a quarter of all juniors declaring.
The most players drafted in a season from one college is Texas in 1984 with 17 (18 if you include Mike Ruether from the 1984 supplemental draft).
Since the NFL Draft was reduced to 7 rounds in 1994, the most players selected from a single college in a draft is Ohio State with 14 in 2004.
The most players drafted in a single season from LSU is 8 in 1990 (including Willie Williams in the supplemental draft). SO, LSU is certain to break the record for players selected in one draft.
Since the draft was shortened to 7 rounds, LSU has had 7 players selected in a draft 3 times (2004, 2006, & 2008).
Miami had a record 6 players selected in the 1st round of the 2004 NFL draft. I doubt LSU will beat the record this season, but we can always hope.
Question? Did he graduate? I could see him as a graduate assistant at LSU and going into HS coaching.
His first LSU year was a wash because he or the staff insisted he'd succeed at the QB position.
I'd have to go back and check but RS just didn't get any touches when you look at all the numbers. He just didn't get the looks in the face of guys who proved to have more reliable hands.
I could see him getting a shot in the CFL. I wish the best for him.
Shep better have one hell of a Pro Day but then again I don't think many felt he was going to have a strong shot at the league anyway
Shep was a great ambassador to LSU and I think he is going to make a great HS coach, or even a Director of Player Personnel for a university.
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