School: USC | Position: DB | Height: 6006 | Weight: 200 | Forty: 4.47 | Class: 2015
Hometown: Palmdale, CA | Year: Senior | Projection: 2nd Round | Pro Comparison: Prince Amukamara / Taylor Mays
- Fluid hips, smooth footwork when making transition from backpedal to frontpedal and vice versa.
- Fits the mold of prototypical ‘new era’ wave of taller cornerbacks. Can be defensive x-factor guarding against big-play tight ends. Chiseled physique; possesses long arms and flexibility.
- Versatile; has started at cornerback and safety. Experience with numerous quality coaches during his playing career at Florida and USC. Plays fast; shows catch-up speed. Good instincts.
- Gets tangled up in blocks, needs to get off faster and shed opponents quicker.
- When playing safety, needs to eliminate hesitation when called upon on an all out blitz.
- Doesn’t seem afraid of contact but may shy away if given the opportunity. Sometimes tends to make a dive tackle rather than a contact tackle, which results in a missed tackle. Can be more physical all-around.
- Didn’t participate in any of USC's 15 spring practices in 2014 as he was dealing with a stress fracture in his foot.
- Suffered a knee injury during his freshman season at Florida ending his season.
- Transfer from Florida. Due to poor health to his father and grandfather, he was allowed to transfer to USC and play immediately due to a hardship waiver. Appeared in 10 games for the Gators in 2011, making one start. For a more in-depth explanation you can read further, here.
- Was chosen to give a commencement speech.
- Has played for five different defensive coordinators and five different position coaches in five years.
"I've had great coaches over the course of my five years to really -- and I didn't really pick it up until my later years of college -- to really pick it up and, kind of, understand what's going on and to always answer the question myself as to why are they doing this or that? Always answer the question 'why?' Or when I line up what's the worst thing that can happen to me? As I'm watching right now, I'm just thinking, in this defense, what's the worst thing that can happen to us? So, you just got to know your weaknesses." –Josh Shaw