NFL Draft Profiles: Quarterbacks The Chiefs May Want Target

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Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback

Connor Shaw

(14) looks downfield to pass in the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 206 COLLEGE: South Carolina

40 TIME: 4.66 3-CONE: 7.07

CAREER STATS: 56 TD, 16 INT, 65.5%, 6,074 yards in 733 attempts over 43 games

Connor Shaw is a very athletic quarterback who proved very successful in Steve Spurrier‘s system. In 2013, Shaw threw just one interception and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 558 yards and six touchdowns. He’s not a running quarterback, but more of a quarterback who can run.

Shaw was 24-5 as a starting quarterback while at South Carolina.

There are some limits to Shaw as he’s only six-feet tall and does not have a very big frame. This could limit his ceiling as a quarterback as durability will be a concern for him.

Here’s what Nolan Nawrocki had to say about Shaw.

"Fine touch and accuracy. Very good mobility and movement in the pocket. Tough and gritty competitor. Produced a rare 24-1 TD-INT ratio as a senior and cut down on mental mistakes that characterized his play earlier in his career. Workaholic, gym rat. Extremely determined. Vocal presence. Smart and instinctive — is the son of a coach and understands football concepts. Plays through pain. Has a 27-5 career starting record, has rallied his team to victory off the bench and carries a calm, confident, poised field presence. Mentally and physically tough."

Shaw is projected to be a sixth or seventh round pick. This would allow the Chiefs to fill several of their other needs at wide receiver, secondary, pass rusher, and offensive line before spending a pick on a project quarterback. Like with Murray, the ceiling may not be very high but he could prove to be a valuable quarterback for the Chiefs as a backup or trade piece.