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2015 NFL Draft: Texas WR Jaxon Shipley scouting report

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Reliability and strong route-running skills should help Shipley get a shot in the NFL.

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Shaky quarterback play couldn't keep Texas Longhorns wide receiver Jaxon Shipley from becoming one of the most productive pass-catchers in school history.

With 218 receptions in his career, Shipley ranks No. 3 all-time at Texas in that category, while his 2,510 receiving yards rank No. 6. Three seasons of 50 or more catches puts the Brownwood product in elite company, as only two other receivers accomplished that feat while wearing burnt orange and white.

While battling through a hamstring injury that kept him out against TCU on Thanksgiving, the 6'0, 190-pounder recorded 59 catches for 577 yards and a touchdown as a senior.

At the Texas Pro Timing Day in March, Shipley posted the following testing results:

40 time Vert Broad jump Short shuttle 3-cone Bench press
4.49 seconds 35 inches 10 feet 4.4 seconds 6.93 seconds 10 reps

Shipley also impressed those in attendance with his work in individual drills:

Shipley was a consensus four-star prospect out of Brownwood ranked as the No. 92 player, the No. 12 wide receiver, and the No. 13 player in Texas and participated in the 2011 US Army All-American game.

Year

G/GS Rec Yards Avg. TD Long
2011 10/5 44 607 13.8 3 78/BU
2012 13/10 59 737 12.5 6 44/OSU
2013 13/9 56 589 10.5 1 45/BYU
2014 12/11 59 577 9.8 1 48/KU
Total 48/35 218 2,510 11.5 11 78/BU

Strengths

  • Hands -- Shipley was not only extremely reliable catching passes, but he was able and willing to elevate in traffic to bring down tough catches.
  • Zone beater -- Finding holes in zone coverage and presenting a target for his quarterbacks was one of Shipley's best assets.
  • Route-running ability -- Precise with his footwork and capable of sinking his hips in and out of his breaks, Shipley is a strong receiver technically. Can also sell his routes with his upper body.

Weaknesses

  • Injuries -- Like his older brother, Shipley was seemingly banged up every season in Austin, from a knee injury as a freshman to an ankle injury as a sophomore to a hip injury as a junior to a hamstring injury as a senior.
  • Size and strength -- After arriving at Texas weighing a little over 183 pounds, Shipley didn't noticeably add a great deal of strength in Austin, gaining fewer than 10 pounds. He also has questionable size for the NFL at 6'0. Those two factors combine to make it difficult for him to beat physical cornerbacks in press-man coverage.
  • Blocking ability -- Though always willing to throw his body around, the lack of size and strength for Shipley made it difficult for him to consistently execute blocks on the perimeter.
  • Lack of explosiveness -- For a receiver with questionable size, Shipley didn't post an ideal testing time in the short shuttle and often failed to create separation on vertical routes in college.

Draft projection -- Undrafted free agent

Though there were some scouts impressed with Shipley's perfromance at the Texas Pro Timing Day, he'll have to earn a roster spot as an undrafted free agent, because there aren't any draft experts out there who believe that a team will select him with one of the 256 draft picks. CBSSports.com, for instance, ranks him as the No. 534 prospect.