Most of debate surrounding the “Best QB in the SEC” has centered on three names:
1. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel
2. Alabama’s AJ McCarron
3. Georgia’s Aaron Murray
Each have their supporters. Each have their detractors.
But South Carolina’s Connor Shaw (who is from Flowery Branch) was lost in the shuffle of the M&M&M Boys.
He had an outstanding season, throwing for 2,447 yards, with 24 TDs and one interception in 287 attempts. He saved his best for the bowl win over Wisconsin, when he went 22-for-25 for 312 yards and three TDs.
I wrote in October that he was the toughest QB in the SEC, but now Shaw is gaining attention from NFL teams heading into this year’s draft.
He looked strong in practices leading up to last Saturday’s NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl and has been invited to the combine.
Here’s what ESPN’s Todd McShay said about Shaw during the week leading to the NFLPA game:
“He’s going to be one of five or six quarterbacks sitting in the room (of an NFL team’s practice facility), and he’s probably going to be the least impressive guy in the room, but somehow, some way he has proven to this point that he can go out and play in the best conference in college football and play at a very high level and win football games. He’ll be ready for that mentally.”
Shaw certainly isn’t one of the top QB talents in this year’s draft, like Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater.
At 6-1, he’s not overly tall and doesn’t have a cannon arm. But he’s smart and an intense competitor, so look for a team to take a shot on Shaw in the late rounds.
CBS Sports has projected him as a seventh-round selection.
Shaw’s proven himself so far. I’d take a shot on him in the sixth or seven rounds.