Future Watch: Sterling Shepard Rookie Football Cards, Giants – A native of Oklahoma, Sterling Shepard was a hometown favorite of the Oklahoma Sooners. He was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 40th overall pick by the New York Giants. The heir apparent to Victor Cruz and a long-term compliment to Odell Beckham Jr., means a wealth of offensive weapons for Giants quarterback, Eli Manning to target.
Sterling Shepard’s Draft Profile states: “He’s only 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, but he is a competitor, especially in the slot. He also brings value in the returns game. He is one of the most feisty competitors in the entire draft.” -NFL Draft Analyst Mike Mayock
Shepard put up some gaudy career numbers for the Sooners in route to earning USA Today second team All-America honors. He posted 233 receptions for 3,482 yards with 26 touchdowns.
His aforementioned draft profile goes on to read: “Silky smooth with terrific route quickness. Plays with consistent play speed into and out of his breaks and can hit the gas out of his breaks to create instant separation for anticipatory throws. Runs variety of routes from the slot. Almost impossible to stay with his “whip” route. Clean with his double moves and if cornerbacks bite, is able to get over the top to track throws and run under them for the big play. Will adjust routes to ball placement. Not afraid over the middle. Born to catch a football. Just eight drops with 253 catches and is able to adjust to high, low or behind him for difficult catches. Loves to compete. Willing to jump into a cornerback and get after him as a blocker from slot. Takes pride in his work ethic.”
Future Watch: Sterling Shepard Rookie Football Cards, Giants – The Cards
Being selected in the NFL Draft by a big-market team like the New York Giants means that Shepard has several prospect themed football cards from draft pick related products. These include those produced by Panini, Leaf and Sage. At this point in the collecting season, Shepard is heavily featured in numerous NFL licensed football card products released by Panini America.
Prices for Shepards’ NFL licensed rookie football cards have room to grow on the secondry market with the more reps he gets. Demand will only grow if he performs well and is given other opportunities throughout the 2016 NFL season.
The following Panini football card products all feature Shepard in his New York Giants uniform.
- 2016 Donruss Football
- 2016 Panini Football (Retail)
- 2016 Donruss Elite Football
- 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football
- 2016 Panini Certified Football
- 2016 Panini Unparalleld Football
- 2016 Panini Gala Football
- 2016 Panini Origins Football
- 2016 Panini Absolute Football
- 2016 Panini Spectra Football
- 2016 Panini Infinity Football
- 2016 Panini Playbook Football
- 2016 Panini Impeccable Football
- 2016 Panini Prizm Football