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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: 7.220: MINN - Shamar Stephen [DT] Connecticut (#93) Reply with quote


Shamar Stephen [DT] Connecticut
Aggregate Board Rank: #165

Height: 6'5
Weight: 309
Class: redshirt Senior

40 Yard: 5.23 (1.75 10 YD)
Bench: 25 reps
Vertical: 30.5"
Broad: 8'7"
5-10-5: 4.89
3-cone: 7.81
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STRENGTHS Terrific size. Very athletic for a big man. Generally plays on his feet. Occupies blocks. Flashes the ability to lock out and reestablish the line of scrimmage. Has raw tools to work with. Scheme versatile. Solid personal and football character.

WEAKNESSES Lethargic get-off. Average eyes, instincts and recognition (doesn't sense screen). Needs to go to school on blocking schemes and learn to fight pressure. Could stand to play with more violence in his hands -- feels his way through plays instead of imposing force. Linear, vanilla rusher (just five career sacks). Moved by double teams. Compete level leaves something to be desired. Disappears for stretches.

BOTTOM LINE Big, athletic, raw interior defender with underachiever traits who had a fairly nondescript career at UConn, but has crude physical tools for a defensive line coach to mold. Developmental prospect who potentially fits in a 4-3 or as a 3-4 five-technique.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/shamar-stephen?id=2543706
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure why not. Our late round DTs haven't really made much of an impact in recent years but NFL.com gave him a 3rd round grade.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's long and could easily play at 320. Check out his draftbreakdown stuff. Certainly a developmental talent.

Had him with a 6.0 grade as a 3-4 DE and a 5.5 grade as a DT.
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2013: Started all 12 games at defensive tackle...named a team captain prior to the season and Team MVP at its conclusion.

An economics major.

http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/shamar_stephen_717614.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen is someone I thought could sneak into round 3. Terrific size/athletic ability. Stephen has a decent shot of making the final roster, the depth at DT is abysmal.
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Stephan: "I'd like to model myself after Ndamukong Suh. Just 'cause he's so violent, so good and he's just so disruptive."

"It's going to be a great feeling [getting drafted]. Especially all the hard work you've done your whole life panning out. So it'll definitely be a good feeling. And hopefully that'll happen for me."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/lier-shamar-stephen-hopes-to-make-sizable-impression-at-nfl-combine-1.7175702
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Stephan: "I'd like to model myself after Ndamukong] Suh. Just 'cause he's so violent, so good and he's just so disruptive."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/lier-shamar-stephen-hopes-to-make-sizable-impression-at-nfl-combine-1.7175702

If he can give us 50% of that, the pick will be worth it.
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^ it's also interesting because he's apparently a very soft spoken guy. but on the field goes nasty.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect project for Zimmer. Looks like an UT in Zimmer's defense. Id keep him at 310.
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We have added a multitude of versatile front 7 players.

Is it possible that Zim wants to run an under/over front or mix odd and even looks?

Shamar can play DT in the 4-3 or DE in the 3-4. In fact, I think he's a better 2-gap DE than he is as a NT.
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jshowers wrote:
We have added a multitude of versatile front 7 players.

Is it possible that Zim wants to run an under/over front or mix odd and even looks?

Shamar can play DT in the 4-3 or DE in the 3-4. In fact, I think he's a better 2-gap DE than he is as a NT.

It seems like the 3 additions to the front seven would certainly give him a lot of options to mix it up.
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VikingUpdate.com ‏@VikingUpdate 35s
Rick Spielman said the #Vikings had an offer to turn one of the seventh-rounders for a sixth next year, but it was the one for Stephens. No.
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His last name is my first name. Thats sweet.
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Stephen: "I thought I was going to go a little earlier than this, but I'm glad I'm a Viking. I know about coach Zimmer's scheme, he is definitely a defensive-minded coach. He definitely brings a lot of ability from my position, especially being a two-gap defensive tackle who can shed blocks."

"The Vikings were one of my biggest visits, with it being my first. Being a top 30 player, I was definitely appreciative of the coaching staff and what they did for me. I'm focused on playing, and they gave me the opportunity. It started at the Senior Bowl. They brought me in and thought I was a great prospect. I'm happy they chose me."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/former-luhi-star-shamar-stephen-drafted-by-vikings-1.7984626
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