Former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw didn't put up flashy numbers while with the Gamecocks. He was never seriously mentioned in the Heisman race and didn't even get honorable mention on the 2013 All-SEC team.
But that doesn't mean that he wasn't one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the Gamecocks. It doesn't mean that he didn't have a stellar career at South Carolina. And it certainly mean that he doesn't have a chance at an NFL career.
As Shaw, who pushed through injuries for most of his final season to throw 24 touchdown passes to just one interception, prepares for the 2014 NFL draft, he's getting some work in this week in preparation for Saturday's NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl. ESPN draft experts Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl are there, and so far the feelings on Shaw have mostly been positive.
Shaw is viewed as a late-round draft prospect, but he was said to have a good practice on Tuesday and looked like the most consistent quarterback on the field. Shaw's best shot at really impressive NFL scouts and show them that he can be a serviceable backup in 2014 is to prove that he's the best quarterback this week and in Saturday's game.
What Shaw was known for in college went well beyond his arm. He has a solid arm, but it isn't great by NFL standards. He has to improve his accuracy on the deep ball, but what he won't have to worry about is proving his toughness. This week, he might not get to show off his toughness or how he rarely let injuries keep him off the field, but any good scout will already know how much Shaw shrugs off pain.
The intangibles that Shaw possesses will help him at the next level and they should make sure that he makes a roster. As long as Shaw doesn't change his approach and works on his passing, he should hear his named called at some point in the NFL draft.
To read more about Tuesday's practice, click here.