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

John Galt

January 23rd, 2014
3:46 pm

Shaw is a tough little dude. I am not sure that all NFL teams want just a pocket passer anymore. Trend seems to be toward guys like Kapernick, RG III, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Tony Romo who can certainly pass but also extend plays with their feet.

SimpleDawg

January 23rd, 2014
3:59 pm

I’d love to see him in Atlanta as a Falcon.

Smart, tough, skilled, team player, and a leader…..

He would be an asset to any team, group, or organization.

maconexpress

January 23rd, 2014
5:10 pm

Dimitroff seldom draft ga boys but I would love to see Shaw in a falcon’s uni.

JB

January 23rd, 2014
6:06 pm

A real sleeper. Sprurrier has coached him up no doubt.

simplyFRED

January 23rd, 2014
6:07 pm

Fourth round. Year 1: practice squad, brought up late as insurance (back up). Makes a team in Year 2 and has 10-12 year, productive career; with a few quality starts but more back up games for sure.

davidinloganville

January 23rd, 2014
9:59 pm

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davidinloganville

January 23rd, 2014
10:04 pm

Shaw proved he was ready when Sprurrier finally ran off the 6 time offender Garcia at qb. Garcia never missed a game for ANY of his other “issues”.

POAD

January 24th, 2014
12:17 am

Connor Shaw has said for along time that he will ENLIST go through Basic and then OCS to be an Officer in either the Army or Marines. Has that changed?

sportzfan

January 24th, 2014
7:41 am

Not only tough, he’s very intelligent, very competitive, a great leader and excels best when under pressure. He wasn’t recruited as QB coming out of high school except at S. Carolina. His engine never stops running…would be asset to any team. Falcons should not pass on this kid !

Tomás Broun

January 24th, 2014
8:56 am

Shaw vs. Murray? Shaw by a landslide every time.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

HootyGoot

January 28th, 2014
4:08 am

What about Mettenberger?

Paddy.....

January 28th, 2014
9:37 am

HootyGoot…….some team will take a flyer on Mettenberger but after all of the above mentioned are long gone. #3 guy for some team but not one that you can put in and expect to win a NFL game when your 1st 2 guys go down.

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GT

January 29th, 2014
5:31 pm

Mettenberger goes before Aaron Murray.