Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's favorite target, wide receiver Jordan Shipley, has experienced an up-and-down career for the football powerhouse. The six-year Longhorn finished strong with a 116-reception, 1,485-yard, 13-touchdown season in 2009.
- Good hands, can make tough catches
- Knows all three positions
- Excellent route-runner
- Understands systems and knows how to find a hole in zone coverage
- Very mature and of extremely high character
- Capable special teams returner
Draft grade doesn't match production
- Very quick in short space
- Productive the past two years
- Destined for the slot in the NFL at 5-foot-11 1/4, 193 pounds
- History of major injuries - missed first two seasons at Texas with leg injuries - missed 2009 spring practices after shoulder surgery
- Allows too many passes to come into his body
- Limited upside
- Lack of top-end speed (4.57, 4.60 40 times at the Scouting Combine)
- Doesn't burst out of cuts well
- Could struggle releasing from a jam at the line
- Product of a spread offense?
Expected draft placement
If a team is looking for a Wes Welker-like slot receiver, Shipley is their man. His slow 40 times, injury history and likely system-inflated production will probably cost him the second round. With so many question marks, Shipley's draft placement is going to be much lower than his production would suggest.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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