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Connor Shaw was many things for South Carolina, including an outstanding leader with ridiculous toughness.
However, it was unclear just how that might translate to the next level.
At the combine, he gave himself a great boost. His biggest strengths were shown in throwing drills, where he impressed as much as any quarterback.
He also had the third-best 40-yard dash (4.66 seconds) and vertical jump (34 inches). Additionally, he was fifth in the three-cone drill and second in the broad jump.
According to Aaron Brenner, The Post and Courier, USC corner Victor Hampton was quick to wonder why his teammate wasn't garnering more attention in the draft:
You want the toughest quarterback in the SEC, plays through every injury you can possibly think of. He can run the ball, he's a dual (threat) quarterback, but he can also throw the ball. I mean, he's a winner. At the end of the day, isn't that what quarterbacks are about? Isn't that what you want as a quarterback, is a winner? He's not a guy who's gonna be rah-rah, but when he does speak, it's gonna mean a lot.
After a strong showing at the combine, others are going to be asking the same question.