Connor Shaw ended his college career at South Carolina with an excellent performance in the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin, as he went 22-for-25 for 312 yards and three touchdowns along with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown and a touchdown reception for good measure. He ends his career as the winningest quarterback in school history, with a 26-5 record as a starter, and on the heels of a very good senior season (31 total touchdowns-24 passing, six rushing, one receiving; and just one interception) he’ll now be subject to evaluation from NFL scouts from now until the draft in May. He has already participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, is at this week’s Senior Bowl and has been invited to the NFL Combine, but with a deep class of quarterbacks this year Shaw will need an excellent showing during the pre-draft process to stand out.
Here’s a look at Shaw, starting with his measurements and moving on to his strengths and weaknesses.
Weight: 209 lbs.
(Both at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl)
– Has excellent mobility
– Has excellent intangibles (see comeback against Missouri in 2013)
– Battled injuries throughout his career, showed excellent toughness
– Improved as a passer during his senior season-may have room to improve further?
– Lacks great arm strength; struggles with consistent accuracy on deep throws
– Lacks ideal size for an NFL quarterback
– Dismal history of quarterbacks who played under Steve Spurrier when they move on to the NFL may work against him
If Shaw is drafted before Day 3 of May’s draft it would be a surprise, but he may have a chance to make a final 53-man roster as a rookie if the team that drafts him thinks he can develop into a potential starter. Looking further out I think Shaw’s future in the league will ultimately be as a backup, and it would be surprising to see him become a long-term NFL starter since teams will always be looking to replace him with someone who has more perceived upside.
Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.