Big, tough guy who accepts the challenge willingly. Good lateral mover with ability to mirror in pass protection and redirect to get hands on moving target. Very measured, accurate initial strike when asked to climb to second level. Instinctive and plays with good timing. Takes good angles in running game.
Base will get a little narrow at times. Must improve on keeping his hands inside the framework of defender. Doesn't generate much push from leg drive and feet tend to slow after contact. Shows some stiffness in lower body. Can become better with his hand placement in running game. Average anchor.
Round 6 or 7
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"He's a big, tough kid and he understands how to play the game. He's not the most talented player but he's the kind of player you love to coach." -- NFC North scout
He can mirror in pass protection and takes good angles that help him get to his zone-blocking responsibilities. He's a worker bee who can use technique and effort to win more snaps than he should against more talented players. He can be an NFL backup with the potential to become a starter.
View college images of Alabama OL Austin Shepherd, who was a 7th round pick by the Vikings.