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Josh Shaw | Cornerback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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NFL.com's Bucky Brooks said defensive coaches at the Senior Bowl will attempt to ascertain whether USC senior CB Josh Shaw should play CB or S in the NFL.
"The weird circumstances behind Shaw's lengthy suspension will be addressed in meetings throughout the week, but scouts will spend a ton of time looking at his work between the lines," Brooks wrote. "Shaw entered the season regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the class, and defensive coaches will want to see if he displays the athleticism to match up with elite receivers on the perimeter. Most important, they will attempt to ascertain if he is best suited to play corner or safety as a pro." The 6-foot-1 and 200-pounders versatility is so lauded that Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke thinks Shaw could wind up in a "Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" in the NFL. Jan 21 - 1:31 AM
Source: NFL.com

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USC senior CB Josh Shaw "is going to need to show maturity throughout the entire pre-draft process," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay

"Specifically, he'll need to be honest and straightforward in answering interview questions related to an August incident in which Shaw claimed he injured his ankles while trying to save his nephew from drowning, but reportedly was actually involved in an incident with the police," McShay wrote. "As a player, there's a lot to like about Shaw's length (he's 6-1, 195 pounds) and instincts, and he was productive during his stints with Florida and USC (119 tackles, six interceptions). He had a good showing at last week's East-West Shrine Game." In that contest, Shaw picked off Old Dominion's Taylor Heinecke and and also impressed onlookers with his work on special teams. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently wrote that he would not be surprised if Shaw "winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" in the pros.
Jan 20 - 7:31 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke would not be surprised if USC senior CB Josh Shaw "winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" at the next level.

"First and foremost, Shaw brings some size to the secondary at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. Experience at both cornerback and safety adds a nice element to his resume -- don't be surprised if he winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role between the two positions as a rookie," Burke wrote. The USC prospect picked off Old Dominion's Taylor Heinecke at the Shrine Game and impressed evaluators with his work on special teams. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Shaw is "a press corner in today's NFL."
Jan 19 - 10:32 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that USC senior CB Josh Shaw "had more riding on [Shrine Game] performance than most" and "took full advantage."

Shaw intercepted a pass in the end zone and also impressed onlookers with his work on special teams. "Shaw sports an NFL-ready frame but there is some question as to where he fits best," Rang wrote. "He's a bit tight in the hips, which limits his quickness and flexibility in coverage. His length and aggression could make him a press corner or possible convert back to safety, where he played early on with the Trojans." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw earned himself some money this weekend.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 11:29 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock said during Saturday's broadcast of the Shrine Game that USC senior CB Josh Shaw is "a press corner in today's NFL."

"He's long, put together like you can't believe," Mayock wrote. "He's a little stiff. He's best when he's in a press situation." Shaw's career began as a safety at Florida. He has only played corner since transferring to USC. Some believe Shaw will shift back to safety in the NFL, but Mayock was clear on how he saw Shaw's ultimate role: "He's 6-1, with long arms; he's a press corner in today's NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 9:40 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw intercepted a pass at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

He returned the pick out of the end zone for 12 yards. Shaw had an exceptional day both in coverage and on special teams. Rotoworld's No. 11 prospect at the event also had a great week of practice. "Shaw was very physical and pushed his opponent out of bounds along the sideline or stood them up with a jam on more than one occasion," wrote Josh Norris. "I could definitely see Shaw as a possible safety conversion, which is not a slight. Expect to see a number of corners from the 2015 class be asked to make the switch."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 18 - 7:20 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw's showing at East-West Shrine Game week was "a good start to an important process for him" of rehabilitating his draft stock, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although he has the bad habit of grabbing and not locating the football, Shaw showed plenty of positives during Wednesday's practice," Brugler wrote. "He loves to get physical off the line and did a great job disrupting routes, using his long arms to gain body position on receivers. Shaw does have some body tightness, leading some scouts to believe his future is at safety, but he displayed quick feet and coordinated athleticism during drills with the size/speed combination that is rare for a cornerback." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw boasts NFL skills, but must answer questions about an off-field incident that resulted in two battered ankles and one very big lie.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 12:35 PM

Former NFL safety and current broadcaster Brian Jordan praised USC senior CB Josh Shaw's "good hips" and said he liked how easily Shaw is able to turn and run.

"I like confident players," Jordan said, pointing out that Shaw plays with a swagger. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw is an intriguing size/speed prospect who will need to answer questions about his sordid season. Before the opener, you'll recall, Shaw lied about an off-field incident that resulted in two injured ankles. He was suspended for most of the season before a cup of coffee in a sub-package role.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 6:39 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw's showing at the East-West Shrine game is crucial, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Next week is important for every player in attendance, but especially Shaw who missed most of 2014 after his off-field debacle, jumping from a balcony and then lying about it," Brugler wrote. "He has the size/speed mix to be one of the top senior corners with a good week in St. Pete." Shaw missed most of the season but did return in a sub-package role. He has NFL ability.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 3:55 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw will attend the East West Shrine game.

As you all know, Shaw had an interesting season. Prior to the school's first game, Shaw lied about an off-field incident that resulted in two injured ankles and was suspended for practically the entire season. He did return in a sub-package role. Shaw will have to answer questions about the incident but does offer some NFL traits.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Orange County Register's Michael Lev notes that USC coach Steve Sarkisian said redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw "will have a role" against UCLA this weekend.

"USC coach Steve Sarkisian said CB Josh Shaw will have a role against UCLA. The extent of that role remains to be seen," Lev tweeted. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw practiced with the team today.

With two regular season games left for USC, against UCLA and then Notre Dame, it's still up in the air if Shaw will get his starting job back. Coach Steve Sarkisian is currently working Shaw back into the mix. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw has been reinstated to the USC football team.

Shaw has not played a single snap this season after lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in to injured ankles. The school announced the tale to the world, and Shaw was caught in his lie. He recently told his side of the story after being quiet during a 10 game suspension. Shaw regaining his starting job in the defensive backfield is no sure thing, however, and head coach Steve Sarkisian is in the process of figuring out the senior's role. USC has two regular season games remaining, against UCLA and then Notre Dame.
Source: USC Trojans
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:06:00 PM

USC redshirt senior CB Josh Shaw will not face domestic violence charges.

Shaw was involved in a tangle of lies and shadiness. After being involved in an argument with his girlfriend, he jumped off a balcony as the police arrived. Shaw injured both ankles in the incident. He told the team that he had jumped off the balcony to save his brother from drowning in a pool. This all has resulted in an indefinite suspension from the team, who will make their own private investigation of the incident. To put a bow on things, authorities today said that they would not press charges against Shaw. The result of the team investigation will be determined in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 09:49:00 PM

USC redshirt senior CB Josh Shaw discussed his side of the tale/lie that led to two ankle injuries and a suspension from the football team.

It is not the Serial Podcast, but interesting nonetheless. The story begins with Shaw getting into a loud argument with his girlfriend of seven years. The two insist no physical violence occurred. Police were then at the scene of the argument after Shaw's girlfriend left, and to avoid cops Shaw jumped from the second story and was helped to safety by his brother since walking was so painful after hurting both ankles. Shaw then made up a lie about saving his nephew from drowning when talking with USC officials. The officials then released the story, since they knew they would be questioned about Shaw's injuries if he was seen on crutches or in a wheelchair. Shaw was then "in too deep" and did not expect his lie to go public, so he came clean along with USC receiving claims the story was false. The corner has yet to play for the Trojans this season, but head coach Steve Sarkisian has recently left the door open for a possible return.
Source: LA Times
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:14:00 AM