2011 NFL Draft Results: Kelvin Sheppard Deepens Buffalo Bills Linebacker Depth

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 22:  Dexter McCluster #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels is tackled by Kelvin Sheppard #11 of the Louisiana State University Tigers on November 22, 2008 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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With the No. 68 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills selected inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard out of Louisiana State University.

The selection of Sheppard marked the third defensive player in a row that was drafted by the Bills, addressing the defensive line in Round 1, the secondary in Round 2, and finally a linebacker in Round 3.

Sheppard had the opportunity to be coached first hand by Bills head coach Chan Gailey at the Senior Bowl and is a solid addition to the middle of the Bills defense, which features aging veterans in Akin Ayodele and Andra Davis.

Sheppard will have an instant opportunity to compete for a starting role and would give fellow inside backer, Paul Posluszny, a lot more freedom to make plays.

In his four years as a Louisiana State Tiger, Kelvin Sheppard racked up 311 tackles (ninth in LSU's history), 26 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles, five pass breakups, two interceptions, and 5.5 sacks.