LSU held its pro day for 2011 NFL Draft prospects on Monday, providing an opportunity for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to work out for pro scouts for the first time since the Senior Bowl. Though he was present at the Combine - measuring in at 6'2" and 250 pounds at the time - a hamstring injury prevented Sheppard from running. He did, however, run positional drills in Indy.
When Sheppard ran two 40-yard dashes in 4.76 and 4.82 seconds, respectively, some scouts were disappointed, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com. The reason? Those scouts believe Sheppard has a chance to play outside linebacker in the NFL, and his average speed times may prevent him from making that transition.
Those speed times won't be a problem for a team like the Buffalo Bills, who would play Sheppard at inside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. The Bills coached Sheppard at the Senior Bowl, and Chan Gailey took that time to praise Sheppard's instincts. It therefore shouldn't surprise you that Sheppard is the latest in a growing list of prospects that have scheduled pre-draft visits with the Bills. Sheppard has reportedly already worked out for New Orleans, as well.