GREEN BAY, Wis. - Former North Dakota State wide receiver Darrius Shepherd has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers.
Shepherd was invited to the Packers rookie mini-camp last weekend and impressed the Green Bay management to earn a contract with the team.
Shepherd finished his career at NDSU with four national championships, playing in 57 career games. He racked up 188 receptions for 2,841 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. He is second in school history in receptions and yards and ranks sixth all-time in touchdowns.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Blue Springs, Mo., native went undrafted in the NFL Draft two weeks ago. The Packers had room to sign two tryout players and signed Shepherd. Green Bay did not draft a wide receiver and have an opening after the departure of Randall Cobb, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
With Shepherd's signing that marks 10 former Bison players under contract in the NFL (Chris Board - Baltimore, Carson Wentz - Philadelphia, Easton Stick and Tanner Volson - LA Chargers, Nick DeLuca - Jacksonville, Billy Turner - Green Bay, Joe Haeg - Indianapolis, Bruce Anderson and Jalen Allison - Tampa Bay).
It’s extremely hard to earn a contract from a rookie minicamp invite. But not impossible.— Sam Herder (@SamHerderFCS) May 6, 2019
Last year, WIU LB Brett Taylor is one that comes to mind that got it done. This year, it’s NDSU WR Darrius Shepherd. https://t.co/zcHCzva7jo
The Packers signed CB Chandon Sullivan (who played in 5 games for the Eagles last season) and WR Darrius Shepherd (a rookie free agent from North Dakota State who was in minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis). The roster is now at the 90-man offseason... https://t.co/aL9bGQmFmY— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 6, 2019