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Josh Shaw | Cornerback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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USC CB Josh Shaw "could be a big corner, but I think he would excel inside," believes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.
Shaw could conceivably play CB or S at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder's 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. CBS' draft team is high on Shaw as a group, with Dane Brugler urging the Cowboys to target Shaw in Round 2 or 3. Shaw is "instinctive, highly physical and a reliable tackler, however, which I believe makes him one of this year's better safety prospects," wrote Rob Rang. Apr 21 - 9:10 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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USC CB Josh Shaw is "instinctive, highly physical and a reliable tackler, however, which I believe makes him one of this year's better safety prospects," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

CBS' draft team is high on Shaw as a group, with colleague Dane Brugler last week urging the Cowboys to pick Shaw in Round 2 or 3 if they target the RB/DL/LB positions earlier. At the combine, Shaw impressed with the third fastest CB forty time (4.44), a 37 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-10 broad jump and a DB-best 26 reps on the bench. "Shaw successfully took the spotlight off of a bizarre off-season fabrication about saving a drowning nephew," Rang wrote. "The workout makes Shaw look capable of remaining at cornerback but after watching Shaw closely during Senior Bowl drills, I have reservations about his fluidity. While certainly possessing the straight-line speed to handle perimeter duties, Shaw lacks the change of direction that I believe is critical to success at cornerback."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:14 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that the Dallas Cowboys could target USC CB Josh Shaw in the 2nd to 3rd round, if they draft a "RB/DL/LB in the 1st round."

The Dallas Cowboys could look to add some quality depth to the CB position, and the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw could be seen as a versatile playmaker, to bring to the ranch. The USC prospect improved on his stock, at both the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. At the combine, Shaw impressed with the third fastest forty (4.44) amongst the cornerbacks, and threw up a position-best 26 reps of 225 on the bench.
Apr 14 - 2:23 PM

The Texans will put USC CB Josh Shaw through a private workout on Monday.

Shaw's draft process has been a long one, starting with the Shrine game, then the Senior Bowl then the Combine. He more than held his own at each, including showing very good athleticism in Indy. He fits best as a press corner, but some teams might ask Shaw to convert to safety.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 11:34 AM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt said he spent some time with USC's Josh Shaw at the combine, and believes he's a "good kid" that "made a mistake."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw was hit with a 10-game suspension by USC last season, after he made up a story about how he sustained ankle injuries. The USC prospect did have a solid outing at the combine; posting the third fastest forty (4.44) amongst the cornerbacks, with a position-best 26 reps of 225 at the bench. With Shaw holding his own at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, he may have improved his stock in the eyes of some evaluators.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 3:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Washington's Marcus Peters and USC's Josh Shaw are better in press-man coverage rather than off-man coverage.

An important dispatch for defensive coordinators employing aggressive schemes. Peters' on-field skills are well known, but Shaw is a little more of a mystery after a suspension stole most of his 2014 campaign. He can play either corner or safety. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder's 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.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 12:58 AM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 1:31 AM

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