Posted: 6:00 am Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Player: Connor Shaw

Position: Quarterback  

School: South Carolina (Flowery Branch High)

Height and weight: 6-0, 230 pounds

Connor Shaw. (Associated Press).

Connor Shaw. (Associated Press).

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)

 FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–A look at Louisville S Calvin Prior

–A look at Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

–A look at Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

–A look at UCLA LB Anthony Barr

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

18 comments
zekeI
zekeI

Falcons better jump on Connor early! He is a Russel Wilson type QB and just as talented! Could be a breath of fresh air for Atlanta!!

JLTee
JLTee

We need to grab our pass rusher (Mack/Clowney-doesn't matter...one off them!). Then, we get our tackle later in the draft. If you think Tyson Jackson, Osi Umenyora, Paul Worrilow, Sean Weatherspoon, or Kroy Biermman is a pass rush...#getthemackattack

JLTee
JLTee

This draft is not deep in edge rushers-Mike Mayock.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

I think he is worth a 6th or 7th round pick to someone in the NFL. The guy can play.

JSSN
JSSN

For all of the good things and intangible attributes that Connor Shaw has a winner; one simple truth exists. Connor Shaw could not stay healthy in the college game. 

I can hear the silly comebacks: "He didn't miss many games." An aside, he was a walking MASH unit, he has injury prone moniker, and the NFL knows it. Anyone taking shots at QBs who've done what they have in the NFL with the comparison of Shaw is just hilarious. Try Christian Ponder or Jake Locker next time, there are some pieces of work! 

BobInSF
BobInSF

Shaw has CFA written all over him, if the Falcons have any interest they won't need to burn a pick.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

If U R gonna tlak QB U need 2 tlak Johnny Fottball. Flacons would be the dummest of dumm 2 pass on Mansell and draft this joke

BSNBC
BSNBC

None of Spurrier's quarterbacks  ever make it big time in the NFL!

RangeRover
RangeRover

HE's a gamer in the mold of an Eric Zeier...a nice compliment.

I'd take him over that imbecile taking snaps for the Carolina Panthers....

Dman
Dman

Connor Shaw, NO. We do need a backup but we need someone like McCarron who can step in and fill a gap if Ryan goes down.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Good luck Connor.   Hey, if I had the pull for an NFL team, I'd seriously consider taking him in rounds 3 or 4, perhaps even 2.

notPlanB
notPlanB

@zekel - You may be right. I hate to think of drafting a QB when we have 2 almost untested in MS's WPP but we have seen enough of Dom Davis to know this. He played good in his first year until someone said don't play that way. Do it like MR. Drop back, remain immobile and throw. Pretty much ruined now so we might as well get rid of him. I believe Sean Renfree will be pretty good. I watched him play 3 years at Duke. Played really good with not much help. He made Connor Vernon (a short white guy) the leader in passes caught in the ACC.

FalconJames
FalconJames

@JSSN Isn't "Injury Prone" a prerequisite for playing for the Falcons?

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

@ConfederateFlagBurner 


Taller than 5'11" Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@HarveyPooka That is the kind of move a team from Cleveland or Oakland would make. I don't think he will make it in the NFL.

JSSN
JSSN

@FalconJames

Nope, but they'll be ambulatory by the time they leave! Go and ask Michael Turner.

JSSN
JSSN

@AlwaysReady  

I like Shaw, but he does not have the cannon those two have.