Scouting Report: Jordan Shipley
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Wide Receiver Specific Categories
An excellent short route runner. Works the middle of the field very well and isn’t afraid of the contact that comes with it. Good body control and maintains balance when stretching for catches. Lined up mostly in the slot at Texas, which is where he will be best utilized in the NFL. Runs precise routes and has a nice double move. Knows how to find the holes in a zone. Quicker than fast player that can usually make the first defender miss, but not overly elusive. Quick feet and runs with shorter, choppy steps, excellent for change of direction. Doesn’t always catch with his hands but hands are quite reliable. Excellent during scramble drills, knowing to return to the quarterback and get open. Solid return man with good vision. An intelligent player that knows the finer points of the position.
Didn’t run the entire route tree at Texas and was limited to short routes and some intermediate. Not a deep threat and won’t stretch the field. Solely a possession receiver that will be most effective in the slot in the NFL. Not a strong receiver and can be overpowered as a blocker. Needs to further develop as a receiver but has the mental capacity to do so. Doesn’t possess ideal size or speed.
Shipley has the potential to be a solid receiver in the NFL, but has a relatively low ceiling. With his physical skill set, he looks to be nothing more than a possession receiver that will mainly line up in the slot, but a #2 WR at most. Could fit in nicely in a west coast offense that utilizes a short passing game. Has added value as a return man and this may be what gets him on the field first. Shipley is a yards after the catch type that won’t beat a defense deep, but is a smart player that knows how to get open in the middle of the field. His toughness, character and work ethic will help him maintain a lengthy NFL career as long as he stays healthy.
Saw playing time in all 13 games as a RS freshman, started in 1. Played in all 13 games as a RS sophomore, starting in 7. Shipley has started at wide receiver and kick/punt returner in every game since.
Awards and Honors
2009: Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and semifinalist for the Maxwell Award. First-team All-America selection by The Associated Press, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection.
2008: Third-team All-America selection as a wide receiver (Associated Press) and an honorable mention All-American as an all-purpose performer (SI.com). Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press.
Graduated in 2008 with degree in Kinesiology and is enrolled in a masters program at Texas. Member of UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.
Father, Bob, and grandfather, Richard Felts, both played at Abilene Christian. Uncle, Steven, is the second-leading receiver in TCU history.
Missed entire 2005 season with a hamstring injury, which he received a medical redshirt. Missed the first 2 games as of 2007 as a wide receiver with a hamstring (opposite of 2005), but played in games as place holder . Also missed spring football in 2009 with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
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