On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League released offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley to pursue NFL opportunities. Shepley was the Roughriders 2019 nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie. He was selected fifth overall in the 2018 CFL Draft. The 24-year-old Shepley signed with the Jets as a UDFA after the 2018 NFL Draft and played three preseason games.
Per Farhan Lalji, a supposed CFL insider, Shepley is on his way to the Bay Area on Wednesday for a workout. Lalji said that four other teams expressed interest in bringing in Shepley for a workout, but with the COVID testing, Shepley would have to do four days of testing and a physical before going through multiple workouts. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the workout as well.
Shepley is 6’4”, 310-pounds. He was the runner-up for CFL rookie of the year. With the CFL’s season canceled, Shepley must’ve seen an opportunity with the Niners after the team’s injuries on the offensive line. Shepley played right guard for the Roughriders. If the workout goes well with San Francisco, I’d be curious to see if Shepley can present a challenge for both Tom Compton and Colton McKivitz, who have been inconsistent during training camp.