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 Post subject: D.J. Shockley
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 12:07 pm 
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- This pick makes enough sense for reason stated below. I wonder if he can beat out Bryan Randall??

Lastly, we drafted D.J. Shockley, who was the quarterback for Georgia. We had him in and worked him out. We liked the kid on the field and liked his story in how he persevered and hung in there. We think he has a chance to compete and think he can grow into being a very solid back up in the League based on his athleticism and arm strength. This year, he got knocked a little bit because for his accuracy, but I think when you look at the big games and the plays he made in those big games, you only need to look at the comeback in the Championship game and the Auburn tape to feel very good about the upside of the kid. He's a double-A character guy that we had an interest in when we were talking about earlier rounds, and we were fortunate to find him in the later round.


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• Georgia QB D.J. Shockley finally came off the board in the seventh round with the hometown Falcons scooping him up with the 222nd overall selection. While Shockley has to be disappointed with his draft position, he couldn't be entering a better situation. He will immediately take over as the developmental No. 3 quarterback behind Michael Vick and Matt Schaub. Vick might not be the ideal mentor in regards to mechanics and style, but at least Shockley will play for a team that is used to an athletic, dual-threat type of quarterback. Most importantly, the Falcons intend to keep him at quarterback instead of asking him to make a position change.

- I still don't know that he can beat our Bryan Randall, who was much more productive in college.


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Here's I think the advantages/disadvantages when you compare each:

Randall's Advantages:
  • Year's worth of knowledge of playbook
  • More polished QB coming out of college
Shockley's advantages:
  • Seventh Round draft status
  • Randall's minimal work at QB

I think Randall is the better player as well, but when it comes down to a roster battle, if Randall is not clearly ahead of Shockley, then he's goign to lose because the team is going to keep the draft pick over the practice squad player.

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Pudge wrote:
Here's I think the advantages/disadvantages when you compare each:

Randall's Advantages:
  • Year's worth of knowledge of playbook
  • More polished QB coming out of college
Shockley's advantages:
  • Seventh Round draft status
  • Randall's minimal work at QB

I think Randall is the better player as well, but when it comes down to a roster battle, if Randall is not clearly ahead of Shockley, then he's goign to lose because the team is going to keep the draft pick over the practice squad player.


And Shockley will definatly be a fan favorite, coming from The U of Georgia

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 Post subject: Shockley grades out better than Randall
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 7:12 pm 
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Shockley grades out better than Randall -
flaws can be corrected. He is tough, competitive, a superior clutch player, with excellent athletic ability, and has a good mental approach. From NFL.com who rates him a better pro prospect than Georgians Tim Jennings, and Max Jean-Gilles...

http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2006/shockley_dj

Overall, there are a lot of similar traits between he and Vince Young, but there aren't any real questions about Shockley's mentality. Considering how well he played in his only season as a starting quarterback makes people believe that he is going to continue to improve and will eventually become a good starting quarterback in the NFL whose strength is his ability to make great deep throws, to convert in key situations, and to make big plays with his feet.

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Shockley is a tremendous athlete for the position and has shown the ability to make plays with his arms and legs. Despite not having a polished release, he can get rid of the ball fast, and when he strides into his throws, he can make all the throws with zip and accuracy. He throws a great deep ball and consistently shows the arm to get the ball 30-plus yards downfield right on the money and the ability to step up and convert key plays into first downs. While Shockley made some mistakes against the blitz, for a first-year starter he did remarkably well when reading the blitz and making good decisions to beat it.

POSITIONAL FACTORS
Grade Category Comments/Description
5.0 Technique Has shown ability to get rid of ball quickly, but isn't consistent and has raw and sloppy footwork.
6.0 Arm Strength Does not always show good arm strength, but when he strides into throws, he can make all the throws with zip.
7.5 Convert Pct. He consistently stepped up and converted key downs into first downs -- both with his arm and legs.
7.5 2nd Lives Athleticism and strength helps him consistently avoid sacks to buy a second chance.
5.5 Accuracy Short in Pocket He has good accuracy when he strides into throws, but really struggles when he just flicks the ball without striding into throws.
6.5 Accuracy Long in Pocket On medium passes, his accuracy varied based on his footwork, but he throws an excellent long/deep pass.
7.5 Accuracy on the Move Consistently showed the ability to throw accurately on the move, especially when he resets his feet.
9.0 Big Plays Consistently converted the first down when the team needed it and is the best deep-ball passer in this year's draft.
6.0 Under Pressure His athleticism and competitiveness help him make big plays under pressure, but will force passes at times.
7.0 Leadership/Poise For a first-year starter, Shockley did a very good job of stepping up and taking charge of their offense.
6.0 Read Defenses He identified the blitz and got the ball to the open receiver fast, but he did get a little deliberate at times which hurt him.
4.0 Big Errors Tendency to flick the ball without striding into the throw, causing defensive backs to get their hands on too many passes.


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