While all the attention at LSU’s pro day focused on Patrick Peterson, who is gaining traction as a possible top overall pick, there are also some bona fide sleepers that also tested well at the Baton Rouge campus.
ILB Kelvin Sheppard (6’2″ 250) ran a 4.7 and a 4.71, but kept everything else from his combine workout according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Sheppard had 22 reps on the bench and a 33.5″ vertical along with a 9’2″ broad jump.
Sheppard ran the defensive huddle for Chan Gailey’s South squad at the Senior Bowl and put together a solid week. As Brandt said he’s a tailor made 3-4 ILB and at 250 has the right size to fit up the run. He led LSU in tackles each of the past two years. The heart and soul of the Tigers defense may have solidified himself as a third-round pick.
DL Drake Nevis (6’0 1/2″ 298) could come off the board as high as the second round, but with all the elite DTs getting all the press he’s a forgotten man. But in 2010 he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times, which was more than Marcell Dareus of Nick Fairley. His lack of bulk is what has him going in round 2, but he was very productive. His squatty frame keeps teams from thinking they could kick him out to end and they worry he’s not big enough to be an every down defender inside.
I really wanted to see him at the Senior Bowl, but he pulled out with a foot injury. He’s a guy I wouldn’t mind giving a shot.
DL Pep Levingston (6′ 31/2″ 290) ran faster at his pro day (4.92) than in Indy and put up 20 reps on the bench. He started 2009 as an end and played in 2010 as a DT. He’s seen as a late round prospect, but has upside and would fit as a grinding defensive end in a 3-4 or a LDE in a 4-3.
K Josh Jasper the LSU kicker is a guy I’d draft in the 7th round if I needed one. Despite being 5’10” and 174 the ball flies off his foot. I was watching him kick 60-yarder with a slight breeze at his back at the Senior Bowl in practice. He led the nation in FGs with 28 and led the SEC in FG percentage (82.4).
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, LSU pro days
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