Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley will bring a resume of abilities including: great hands, football smarts, speed, precision, and solid stats to a lucky NFL team in this April's NFL Draft.
Could the Cleveland Browns show interest with their receiving group needing help?
Possibly, but with them already investing in two second round picks in receivers last year, it may be a bit too far-fetched since current No. 1 receiver Mohammed Massaquoi isn't really a No. 1, but that could change with some hard work this offseason and better stability at quarterback.
Shipley was easily Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's favorite target in 2009 and it showed in his stats.
In 2009, Shipley caught 116 passes for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A very bright student while at Texas, Shipley majored in kinesiology, which is the study of human movement and focuses on physical abilities.
Shipley has obviously been able to take his studies and apply them to his own game, since he is very precise in his route running and has great body control while positioning himself to catch the ball.
Browns fans know how much head coach Eric Mangini likes high intellect players.
One of the big question marks about Shipley is his speed, which will be clocked at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but it has been reported that he has ran the 40-yard dash at 4.37.
After witnessing Shipley's performance in the hands drills at ESPN's College Football All Star Competition in early February, Shipley displayed he has the abilities to be a solid contributor in the NFL by beating out other top college prospects including: Dez Bryant, Damian Williams, and Mardy Gilyard.
During the final competition of the hands drill, where Shipley was against Williams, the announcer said, "Shipley has the best burst of speed out of all the other receivers here and his hands are his strength, catching everything away from his body."
Shipley may be a highly rated wide receiver prospect, but he is only projected to be picked somewhere in the second or third round.
His size is a bit in question too, but at 6'0" and 190-pounds, he may look like only a slot receiver right now, but he may have the total package of combined talents to be a very good compliment as a No. 2 receiver in a year or two.
His impressive ESPN competition performance combined with a good showing at the combine will only vault Shipley higher come draft day.
Shipley had 248 receptions for 3,191 yards and 33 touchdowns over four years at Texas and has been compared to by some to be in the mold of the Patriots' receiver Wes Welker, which in that case could really help out a Browns receiving group if he is available in the third round.
(Article also posted on Dawg Scooper)
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