Posted: 6:00 am Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Each morning, from now until the draft starts on Thursday, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who’s met with the Falcons.
Player: Connor Shaw
School: South Carolina (Flowery Branch High)
Height and weight: 6-0, 230 pounds
Combine Numbers: He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, had a vertical of 34 inches, broad jump of 9 feet, 8 inches, 4.33 short shuttle and 7.07 three-cone drill.
Projected Round: He’s the 14th rated quarterback in the draft and is projected to be selected in the seventh round or be a free agent by NFLDraftScout.com.
Career Highlights: He was the called the “best quarterback” in school history by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. He guided the Gamecocks to a school-record 26 victories and completed 158 of 259 passes for 2,135 yards with 21 touchdowns and one interception in 2013. “Conner Shaw is that gritty, competitive, over-achiever-type quarterback, who probably looks more like a career backup than a starter,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “He’s a fifth to seventh rounder.”
Quotes: “I think my record speaks for itself. In my opinion, that’s the best conference in college football, and I believe I am an elite competitor. I think I am going to prove that in the NFL. …I think you always gain confidence when you win, and we did a whole lot of winning at South Carolina. Playing for Coach Spurrier was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I took advantage of, and I learned a lot from him.”
Falcons level on interest: Moderate to Low. The Falcons have two seventh round compensatory picks and if Shaw is still on the board, he could get his named called. He’ll be nearby in Flowery Branch watching the draft.
Here are the Falcons draft picks:
- Round 1 — No. 6 overall
- Round 2 – No. 37 overall
- Round 3 – No. 68 overall
- Round 4 – No. 103 overall
- Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
- Round 5 – No. 147 overall
- Round 6 – No. 182 overall
- Round 7 – No. 220 overall
- Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
- Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)
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