Will NFL team take chance on Shaw?

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.

24 comments Add your comment

HootyGoot

January 28th, 2014
4:08 am

What about Mettenberger?

7576DAWG

January 28th, 2014
1:19 am

If I could only draft 1 Quarterback , hands down it would be , Blake Bortles who in my opinion will have a long career in Pro football.

Dr. No

January 27th, 2014
5:46 pm

Some team should definitely give Shaw a chance. He’s a pure gamer. The guy just gets it done.

NGabe

January 27th, 2014
1:38 pm

John Galt…have you seen Shaw play? He is definitely able to save a play with his feet!

Delbert_D

January 27th, 2014
8:09 am

Drafted or free agent, he’s going to be in someone’s camp. He has a great chance to stick as a backup quarterback.

Redfern on Capella V

January 26th, 2014
9:44 am

At most, Murray has 3-4 years in the NFL. A couple of years riding the bench, then a year or two on a scout squad, then out into the real world to sell real estate or insurance to dwag fans who may still remember him.

Salty

January 26th, 2014
8:49 am

I’m a Clemson fan, but Shaw is tough as nails and wily. I can see a team taking a shot at him…some players have a knack for just getting it done. Shaw’s that type and he’s at least, if not more, durable than Manziel. Best of luck to him.

Buckeye Is a Lowlife

January 24th, 2014
12:54 pm

He is worth a late round pick. Solid guy. Murray will be a better pro though

Ted Striker

January 24th, 2014
10:52 am

I wouldn’t spend a pick on him. That said, nobody really thought much of Tom Brady and Kurt Warner was stocking a grocery store on the night shift. So, if someone wants to take a flyer on him in a lower round, hey, they may have a gem.

p.s. I don’t know if this is true or not but I heard a rumor that the Atlanta Falcons once had a QB named Brett Favre and traded him to some place in Wisconsin because a guy in a black 10 gallon hat thought he sucked and drank too much to play football on Sundays.

dean

January 24th, 2014
10:00 am

I think the team that does take a flyer on him will down the road be glad they did