Tim Shaw   LB   Penn St

 

STRENGTHS 

Tim is a very smart football player.  He has good size and excellent instincts to go along with an excellent burst to the ball and off the line when rushing the passer.  He is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler and has played multiple positions for his college team.  Tim Shaw is a football player.  He is a leader through his play on the field and is a coach’s dream to have on a team.  He does a solid job defending against the pass and will get into the head of a QB and take advantage of any weakness he may have to his advantage.  Tim should be – no, Tim will be an excellent LB and a core player for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

He needs to settle on one position so that he can start to impact.  He is tight in the hips, which does affect his ability to change directions quickly.  He is not the fastest LB for his position, but he is very quick.  The truth is that this is just nonsense because Tim will overcome all of these issues.  The reason?  Tim plays the game with character, intelligence, passion and then talent. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2

The first time I saw Tim play middle linebacker, the hair on the back of my head stood up.  I think I have seen him play most of the LB positions and DE for his team.  In fact, watching a tape and trying to find out what position he plays was like trying to find Waldo.  He has done a good job at just about every position in which I’ve seen him play, but he was outstanding when he played MLB.  Then, I think he hurt himself and when he came back this year, he played a lot of OLB/DE and did a damn good job.  He has some athletic limitations, but when he plays MLB, those limitations are less likely to affect his play because he can use his intelligence to compensate.  At the MLB position, once the ball is snapped, you can’t see into the backfield.  OLB’s can look into the backfield and react to what they see, but at the MLB position, you have to read the O-line and react solely based on what you learned about your opponent’s tendencies in that game situation through film study.  The MLB reacts because he has done his film work all week long and anticipates the call on the field.  The MLB has to know what play may be coming and make sure the OLB’s are in the right position before the snap.  The MLB has to be a coach on the field and adjust his play and others to what is happening as it is happening.  Then, with a little bit of luck and hard work, he or one of the other LB’s makes the tackle or knocks down the pass.  The great ones have the talent to go along with the mental abilities.  The good ones compensate for some lack of talent with intelligence.  Tim could be a good one --  a core player, team leader and a fan favorite for the team that drafts him.  He will take some time to get comfortable with just one position, but once he gets on the field, he won’t come off.  He has the ability to play any one of the LB positions in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense; however, I like him on the inside where he can impact with his intelligence.

Drew Boylhart

February/2007