NFL Draft Spotlight: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas

by Cory J. Bonini on April 13, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


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. 

Strengths

  • 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
    Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas Longhorns
    Draft grade doesn't match production
  • Very quick in short space
  • Productive the past two years

Weaknesses

  • 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.

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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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