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Pittsburgh Steelers Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Profile: Shepherd Outside Linebacker Howard Jones

May 25th, 2014 at 9:32 PM
By Mark Mihalko

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.

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Jones is still developing as a prospect and has not spent a lot of time at the outside linebacker position. Athletic but raw, he shows tremendous quickness and explosion when he recognizes the play. At 6-3 and 235-pounds, he has impressive physical skills recording a 4.56 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical.

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.

Defensive Backs

Stanford cornerback / safety Devon Carrington (Profile 5/15)

Offensive Linemen

Youngstown State offensive guard Chris Elkins  (Profile 5/16)

UAB offensive tackle Kaycee Ike (Profile 5/16)

East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons (Profile 5/17)

Defensive Linemen

Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer (Profile 5/18)

Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro (Profile 5/20)

Louisville defensive end Roy Philon (Profile 5/23)

Linebackers

Shepherd outside linebacker Howard Jones

Tight End

Missouri tight end Eric Waters

Quarterback

Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay

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