There isn’t a major issue with taking an older player when he is starter-ready immediately. There can be an issue with doing it when the player isn’t starter-ready immediately, especially when you select that player in the third round, though NFL.com projected Shepherd as a second rounder.
Let’s see where Shepherd falls on that readiness spectrum in 2018 and 2019 before we give a fair and final evaluation. It’s pretty clear that he needs to hurry up and prove himself in the NFL. His clock is ticking.
Bowles: I definitely believe he is a lot more pro ready than a lot of people think. When they say’raw,’ they don’t mean years away. He may need some weeks, or even camp or training camp, but he’ll definitely play in the rotation [on the defensive line.]. He’s got heavy hands, he’s quick off the ball, he stays low and he’s got a great drive.
The Browns are back on the clock with the No. 33 selection Friday at 7 p.m. ET, which will go until pick No. 100—currently held by the Cincinnati Bengals—comes off the board. Here is a look at how all 68 selections across the second and third rounds could shake out.
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