The 2022 season will be Kelvin Sheppard's first season overseeing Detroit's entire linebackers unit after he joined the Lions in 2021 as the outside linebackers coach. In his first season working primarily with outside linebackers and edge rushers, the club's edge rushers combined for 110 tackles in 2021. The number marked the third-most tackles among an NFL team's edge rushers in Sheppard's first season coaching the group. His unit also combined for 22 tackles-for-loss or no gain, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL among the position group.
In his first season with the Lions, Sheppard also worked closely with OLB Charles Harris, a player who joined the team as a 2021 free-agent acquisition. In just one season with Sheppard, Harris notched a career-high 7.5 sacks, earning his way to a contract extension through the 2023 season on March 18, 2022. Harris' 7.5 sacks were the second-most sacks a free agent acquisition has had in his first season in Detroit. His total also tied for the fourth-most sacks a Lions player has had in his first season with the team, while tying for the third-most tackles-for-loss (10) by a Lions linebacker in a single season.
Following his playing career, he joined the LSU football program and served as the team's director of player development under head coach Ed Orgeron in 2020. Sheppard was tasked with helping players with their academic direction, social development, and overall quality of life.
He was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (68th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU and split eight seasons (2011-18) with the Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. He appeared in 107 career games (63 starts) and logged 400 total tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions.
Sheppard appeared in 53 games (30 starts) in his career at LSU (2007-10), finishing in the top-10 in school history with 311 tackles. He was an All-SEC selection and team captain as a senior in 2010.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Sheppard has two children; a daughter, Ava, and a son, Miles.