NFL Draft Prospect: Q&A with Kansas Defensive Back JaCorey Shepherd

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Kansas Jayhawks cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (24) intercepts a pass intended for Central Michigan Chippewas wide receiver Corey Willis (82). John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Prospect Q&A series with Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd.

Arriving at Kansas as a highly-regarded wide receiver prospect, JaCorey Shepherd had no idea that his path to the NFL would actually be at defensive back.

After his coaches asked him to make the position switch going into his sophomore season, Shepherd put all of his energy into learning the skills necessary to succeed at cornerback.

As it turns out, it was the right move for Shepherd. He locked down a starting role in the Jayhawks’ secondary his junior season and earned All Big-12 honors in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

He led the Kansas defense in interceptions (5) and pass breakups (32) in that time and developed into their top cover corner.

Now, Shepherd turns to the next stage in his football career–the NFL.

At 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, Shepherd offers good size for the position, and his history at wide receiver has further enhanced his ability to understand routes and anticipate passes, while also allowing him to showcase his great ball skills.

Having only played defensive back for three years, Shepherd is still raw at the position and has plenty of room to grow, but he also offers a lot of upside.

This makes him an exciting defensive back prospect going into the NFL Draft.

A team looking for a talented corner they can mold and develop may just draft a guy like Shepherd in the third or fourth round.

The Green Bay Packers could be one of the teams that gives Shepherd a serious consideration come draft day.

Green Bay may lose both Davon House and Tramon Williams in free agency and could use a guy with Shepherd’s ability in coverage and upside to replenish the position.

Because Shepherd could be an option for the Packers in the draft, I recently reached out to him and he was courteous enough to take the time to answer my questions.

Here is what Shepherd had to say about his game, what he’s doing to prepare for the draft, and how he feels he’d fit in Green Bay’s defense.

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