In just a few short months, Nathan Shepherd has gone from an unknown college football player toiling away at a pair of Division II colleges to a player with a legitimate shot of being drafted in the top 100 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The journey to get to this point, however, has been a long and winding one.
Shepherd, a native of Ajax, Ontario, began his college football career at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. The school plays NCAA Division II football, but after some time there, Shepherd had to take time off from football before enrolling at another D-II school, Fort Hays State in Kansas. From there, Shepherd began to turn some heads with his play on the defensive line, and eventually earned himself an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Speaking to the media on Saturday at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Shepherd detailed his story and his long, winding road to get to where he is now — a player with legitimate hopes of being selected on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft.