The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to add youth to their linebacker corps in this draft and they did by selecting two prospects during the NFL Draft: Ryan Shazier and Jordan Zumwalt. They also signed an interesting prospect as an undrafted rookie free agent: Shepard outside linebacker Howard Jones.
While he has the athleticism to potentially be an NFL prospect, he does need to get stronger (21 reps at 225). On top of that, there is a question on his ability to transition as a pass rusher, as he is has a limited repertoire of rush moves, lacks creativity, and often plays in an overaggressive manner.
In the end, he may need time to develop into the position, but has the potential to make an impact. Early in the process, he was viewed as a potential fifth round prospect, now he has a chance to be a surprise for the Steelers as the head into training camp.
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