2015 NFL DRAFT

Josh Shaw, CB

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 201 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
87113

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.442.591.5426 37 1/210'10"4.127.01
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a muscled-up frame that makes him look like a safety but given the NFL's recent love affair with bigger cornerbacks, he could remain on the perimeter. He has quick feet and fluid hips to change directions.

Shaw possesses terrific football intelligence, which is demonstrated not only with his ability to shuffle from corner to either of the safety position but in the closing burst he shows once the ball has been thrown. Shaw is rarely fooled in coverage and rips at the ball as it arrives. He is a reliable, consistent tackler.

WEAKNESSES: All questions begin with the dramatic story that unfolded last summer and made national news, only to later turn out to be false. NFL teams will want to see the results of the investigation, and pre-draft interviews will be critical.

On the field, the primary question is about Shaw's straight-line speed and which position he fits best at. Hasn't yet proven to be the intimidating hitter that his frame suggests.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Shaw signed with the Florida Gators after an impressive prep career in Palmdale, Calif. and saw action in one game as a true freshman before a knee injury earned him a redshirt. He appeared in 10 games in 2011, carving out playing time on a secondary boasting a number of future NFL draft picks and recorded 22 tackles.

Poor health for his father and grandfather pushed Shaw back to California and the NCAA granted him a hardship waiver to participate immediately. Shaw initially played at strong safety but eventually made the move to cornerback and started the final seven games there for USC, recording 30 tackles, six pass deflections and two interceptions.

His position versatility was extended in 2013 when he started all 14 games (11 at corner, three at free safety) and he posted 67 tackles, including 5.5 for loss. Shaw also broke up seven passes and intercepted four others. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown (Hawaii) and scooped up a blocked punt against Cal for another defensive score.

A defensive co-captain entering his senior season, everything went south over the summer when he fabricated a story about saving his drowning nephew from a pool following an argument with his long-time girlfriend in which he jumped from the balcony of his apartment.

Shaw was suspended by the Trojan and even after coach Steve Sarkisian said the cornerback had paid his dues, Shaw continued to be sidelined while police and the school conducted investigations.

"I would challenge somebody who doesn't know me to seek those who have encountered me and find one person who has one bad thing to say about me," Shaw told the Los Angeles Times in November. "I've created this persona that I always do what's right ... and then, boom.

"I thought I could find an easy way out of something, but that doesn't work - I have made a mistake, and I have paid for it," he continued. "And whether I do play or don't play again, I'll be forever grateful for USC for giving me a chance."

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Bengals' nine picks: Round 4/120 - Josh Shaw, CB, 6-0, 201, USC...The Bengals add another tall, physical corner for their man-to-man coverage style. Shaw has played on the outside, in the slot and at safety in college. The Bengals love that versatility. It helped trump any issues they might have had concerning his suspension last season for lying. - The Sports Xchange
 

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