With the 191st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select CB JaCorey Shepherd of Kansas. Here are 10 facts about one of the newest Eagles cornerbacks ...
Eagles fans were forced to be patient on the third day of the NFL Draft. After sending their fourth-round pick to Detroit in exchange for a 2016 third-round pick, the Eagles had to wait until the sixth round to make a selection.
When the Eagles finally got on the clock, the Eagles chose cornerback JaCorey Shepherd out of Kansas with the 191st overall selection in the sixth round.
The 5-11, 199-pound Shepherd was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014 after starting in 11 of the Jayhawks' 12 games. He started his college career at wide receiver and, in fact, played 10 games (two starts) in 2011. He became the first Kansas freshman to record a 100-yard receiving game since 1997. Shepherd made the transition following the 2011 season and played in eight games (three starts) as a sophomore.
"Eagles get one of the more 'high upside' prospects in a position of need for them," said NFL Network's Mark Dulgerian. "The former wide receiver transitioned to corner nicely and produced at a high level. They will love his ball skills."
Shepherd led the Jayhawks with three interceptions last season and had five over the past two seasons. Against Iowa State in 2014, Shepherd defended six passes, the most by any player in a single game at the college level for the year.
Shepherd also has experience as a return specialist. He finished his Jayhawks career fourth in school history in kickoff return yardage (1,350).
The Mesquite, Texas native is a star off the field, as well. He was a nominee for the Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year award.
Scouting Report From NFL.com
Plays with exceptional ball skills. Reads receiver's eyes and plays the ball with great timing. Attacks the ball and receiver's hands to swat ball away. Had 32 passes defensed and 5 interceptions over last two seasons as a starter. Able to get into a receiver's chest in press coverage. Uses plus acceleration and smart angles to recover when beaten in space. -- Lance Zierlein