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.
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.
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.