THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Kelvin Sheppard, LB, Louisiana State
6-foot-2, 250 pounds
Draft projection: Late third or fourth round.
Lowdown: Sheppard could be a middle-round find at inside linebacker. He started 30 games, made all-Southeastern Conference and was third in the SEC in tackles as a senior (with 105). He’s a good leader, known for firey pre-game speeches. He graduated in December. Sheppard looked good during Senior Bowl practices under the watch of Bills coach Chan Gailey and could be a fit for Buffalo, which needs inside linebacker candidates.
Quote: “I like to watch linebackers, of course. Guys like Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, Patrick Willis, Jonathan Vilma is right down the road from me, so I watch a lot of their (Saints) games a lot. I’ve seen a lot of their games personally. I just like the game of football. When it’s offseason, I’m sick because I’m stuck having to sit there and watch basketball game after basketball game. I love football.”