Shaw lacks the size and polished passing skills NFL scouts are looking for but gritty quarterbacks capable of extending the play with their feet are always going to get a shot. He wrapped up his time at South Carolina with an astoundingly efficient 24-touchdown, one-interception senior campaign. Shaw is the winningest quarterback in Gamecocks history at 26-5, including a perfect 17-0 at home.
Has physical limitations but played through multiple injuries in 2013 to deliver key victories. There's something to be said for quarterbacks who play with great consistency, and Shaw brings toughness and the competitive nature teams crave at the position.
STRENGTHS: Quick, fluid athlete with a compact, well-proportioned build. Light feet, keeps the ball high in his drop and demonstrates consistent arm angle and over-the-top motion. Anticipates with in-stride accuracy on timing routes, showing impressive zip on short-to-mid-range route. Knows when to rip it into tight space and understands receiver's strengths. Stayed in the play while under duress. Extremely athletic and displays great straight-line speed, flashing edge speed to beat ends to the spot. Crafty ballhandler who sells fakes and understands weaknesses in a defense.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks the rocket arm to sway scouts who believe he has size limitations. Throwing motion can be slow to develop, particularly downfield. Inconsistent deep accuracy. Arm can be ready to throw before his feet. Primarily goes to his first read. Too willing to absorb molar-rattling hits.
05/13/2014 - Browns Sign 11 Undrafted Free Agents: Connor Shaw - Became the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history with a 27-5 (.844) career mark as a starter, including a 17-0 record at home... Completed 480 of 733 passes (65.5 percent) for 6,074 yards with 56 touchdowns and 16 interceptions... As a senior, threw 284 passes, which resulted in 24 touchdowns and just one interception... Father, Lee, played football at Western Carolina... Mother, Dawn, played basketball at North Georgia... Brother, Jaybo, was a quarterback at Georgia Southern... Graduated from Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Ga., where his dad was the head football coach. - Cleveland Browns