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Austin Shepherd | Tackle

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 320

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Vikings selected Alabama T/G Austin Shepherd with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Shepherd (6'4/315) succeeded D.J. Fluker as Alabama's right tackle, finishing his career with 27 starts. He was a second-team All-SEC pick as a senior. Short armed (32 7/8") and an average athlete, Shepherd ran 5.39 with a 29-inch vertical at the Combine, also managing a disappointing bench-press number (17). Shepherd is a technically sound prospect with a low ceiling who best projects to guard. He should earn a living as a swing reserve. Sat, May 2, 2015 05:39:00 PM

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Alabama redshirt senior T Austin Shepherd has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Shepherd, a two-year starter at right tackle for Alabama, started the final 26 games of his college career and only allowed two sacks on the year. The 6-foot-5, 316-pound Shepherd runs a 5.38 second forty.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 04:06:00 PM's Andrew Gribble reports that it's "looking like more of a possibility" that Alabama redshirt senior T Austin Shepherd will replace star freshman T Cam Robinson (ankle).

"Robinson is almost certainly out with a high ankle sprain, and Alabama's search for his replacement involves multiple players who haven't played the position all season," Gribble writes. During the Crimson Tide's three bye week practices this week, Shepherd has been seen working at the left tackle position, with sophomore Grant Hill filling in at right tackle.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:26:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior OT Austin Shepherd "hasn't generated a great deal of national attention but he performed quite well taking over for D.J. Fluker at right tackle last season," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"[Shepherd] possesses a combination of size, power and surprisingly light feet," Rang wrote. "Shepherd carries too much weight around his middle and occasionally struggles with leverage to drive opponents off the ball in the running game but he shuffles well laterally and can anchor against bull rushers in pass protection." Shepherd, 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds, runs a 5.38 second forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Alabama sophomore Austin Shepherd is expected to open preseason practices as the starting right tackle.

Shepherd took second team snaps behind junior D.J. Fluker last season. Freshmen newcomers Leon Brown and Brandon Hill also have an outside shot at claiming starting positions, and Nick Saban has never been shy about relying on younger prospects if they show the necessary talent.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 03:51:00 PM