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LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:01 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 12:02 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In a rather surprising decision, LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard announced that he was leaving school to enter the NFL Draft on his Twitter account Wednesday. Shepard said that it was "a hard decision to make" but that he had "to do what's best for me and my family." Whether leaving school to go pro is doing what's best for Shepard and his family remains to be seen.

He wasn't expected to leave school, and as a result, he's not even listed on CBSSports.com's top draft prospects at wide receiver. Even if he had been listed, there's no guarantee that Shepard would be drafted.

After coming to LSU as a quarterback, Shepard was moved to wide receiver, and while he had a fair share of rushing attempts in his three years with the Tigers, Shepard only caught 52 passes for 478 yards and 5 touchdowns. Only 14 of those receptions, and 4 touchdowns, came this season. This is due to the suspensions that Shepard had to deal with in 2011.

There was a housing issue that he was cleared of, but he was suspended for three games due to an NCAA violation after talking to the NCAA about his relationship with Willie Lyles. It was because of this suspension that he was passed on the depth chart by freshman Odell Beckham Jr. who joined Reuben Randle as LSU's starting receivers.

And that's likely the reason why Shepard has decided to leave the school. For further evidence, you don't have to look past his Twitter account once again. Shortly after LSU's 21-0 loss to Alabama on Monday night, this tweet appeared in Shepard's timeline.



The next tweets on his timeline were the ones that explained he was leaving school, so I hardly think it's a coincidence.

Shepard has until January 18th to withdraw his name from the NFL Draft should he choose to do so. 

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Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:26 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

Shepard is not going pro.  He announced he is returning for his senior year after talking to family, Miles and receiving assessments of his chances in this year's draft. He adds to a strong wide receiving group including Beckham, Randle and two Rivals 4 star recruits, Avery Johnson and Travin Dural.  It's good news for the tigers and will help Shepard in the following year draft.  Kudos for the smart change of mind.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:20 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

This is not a smart decision, but it resulted from a situation where a young kid is frustrated and probably felt that he wouldn't be able to reach his tremendous potential at LSU. Had Shepard stayed at LSU, his NFL stock would have risen dramatically by playing with an outstanding passer like Mettenberger.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:59 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

dumb, dumb, dumb call, Sheepherder!
you best sit your tail down and stay at LSU for another year.
you have way too much to prove and will not make it in NFL right now.
you need coaching and experience and now is your chance while still at LSU
all of TigerNation is upset right now and you should not do anything stupid  



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:19 am
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

I think if he stays another year he could at least end up a 3rd round pick



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:19 am
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

I think if he stays another year he could at least end up a 3rd round pick



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:58 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

I have no idea what Shepard is thinking.  Has he consulted with the experts regarding his chances in the draft?  The guy caught only 14 passes in 14 games!  I new offensive coordinator is going to be hired and there will be two quality quarterbacks, Mettenberger and Keil.  I hope for his sake he doesn't make this mistake.  Another year with a new scheme and different quarterbacks will dramatically increase his prospects in the draft.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:30 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

Another top recruit who didn't really turn out. Wasn't he recruited as a 5 star quarterback? And he leaves as a bench receiver...



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:15 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

What three plays was he in?  I don't remember seeing him or hearing him even mentioned during the NC game.  I'm not trying to flame, I'm just curious.

RTR



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:54 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

Poor decision he will not even get drafted and more than likely will not even make a team.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:08 pm
 

LSU's Russell Shepard entering NFL Draft

I wish he would reconsider. We really appreciate him at LSU, he has been a leader and helped recruit several other young men to the program. His suspensions were during the time when Lee was throwing the ball, and when he got back all we did was run. Just bad timing, but next year he could have been a part of a great offense with Mett or Gunner or Rivers.

Hope he re-thinks it, he could make millions by staying. By leaving he only is guaranteed minimum money.


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