Inside The Bills

Shep on day 2 top 10 list

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2011 – 11:00 am

Bills third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard was a prospect that was on Buffalo’s day two wish list from the time the second round started.

One detail behind the selection of Sheppard that was not revealed in the exclusive Inside the Draft Room feature on Buffalobills.com was the fact that the LSU linebacker’s name was on Buffalo’s list of top 10 prospects available at the start of day two.

“Buddy has you go through the mental gymnastics of going all the way down to maybe 10 guys that we would like to have on day two and then as you get to 10 guys you’ve got them ranked and see how they fall off the board and maybe one of those 10 is even sitting there in the third round,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “I think we were fortunate to have that happen for us.”

When I followed up and asked coach Gailey if Sheppard was one of those guys on the list Gailey answered in the affirmative.

“He was on the original list. Maybe it was 10 or 15 prospects,” said Gailey. “I know he was on at least one of those lists that we did going into the second round. He was on that list.”

“I think we had our sights on him all along,” said Nix. “We wanted to get a linebacker in the first three rounds. And because we felt like it was very thin there. There may be a lot more than we thought there were, but it was thin there and he was one of the guys that we had targeted hoping he’d be there.”

Now you know why when the Bills came out and spoke to the media after selecting Sheppard that they didn’t expect him to be on the board for them in round three.


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