6'0, 195 pounds | Wide receiver | Texas
Acceleration/Burst/Quickness: Reaches his top speed with just a few strides. Has elite initial explosion as he finds the crease and bursts through it. Very hard to cover underneath because of the quickness in change of direction.
Agility/Leaping Ability: Makes defenders miss in tight spaces. Flexible and balanced hips can get him to change direction with ease. Doesn’t win a lot of jump ball competitions. Won’t out-leap bigger defensive backs.
Blocking: Competitive blocker that uses strong hands to lock on top smaller defensive backs. Always hustling towards the ball in hope of throwing the downfield block.
Body Control/Body Adjustment: Well balanced when running routes and with the ball in his hands. Does not reach back away from his momentum well on a poorly thrown ball. Can look stiff at times when the ball is not out in front of him.
Concentration/Hands: May have the strongest pair of hands in comparison to all the receivers in this class. Ball just sticks to them with very little wiggle when contact is made. Makes the tough catches over the middle. Has no issues putting his body on the line.
Release: Has the quick first two steps to avoid the strong punches in press coverage. Strong arms and hands can throw a corner off balance and get him that initial separation.
Route Running: Ran a complex route tree at Texas. Runs the downfield double routes as good as anyone. Makes the cuts and breaks at full speed without rounding his route.
Separation: Can get away from a defender with ease in the underneath and intermediate passing game. Remains balanced throughout his breaks which gives him the advantage over the defender. Does not have the elite speed to gain and maintain separation deep.
Size/Length/Hand Size: Has average to below average height and length for an NFL wide receiver. Has enough bulk to outmuscle defensive backs however. Hands are big and strong.
Speed: Appears to be faster than he really is because of his rapid acceleration. Has run away from some fast defensive backs over the past two years. Hard to catch in the open field, may be one of those players that runs faster than a 40 time.
Vision/Run After the Catch: Very savvy with the ball in his hands. Can find the smallest of creases and burst through them. Has plenty of experience as a return specialist. 3 touchdowns as a punt returner over the past two seasons.
Final Word: Shipley is the kind of receiver that is NFL ready and will contribute right away if given the opportunity. What he lacks in talent and measurables is made up for in his ability to run crisp routes and consistently catch the football. He will be a weapon on third downs because he is incredibly difficult to cover underneath a la Wes Welker. He will never be the number one guy but he is the perfect complement to a strong passing attack. He has a good head on his shoulders and he is a guy that works hard on all of the little things to make him a strong receiver. He should be off the board in the second round but there is a chance he breaks in to the late first like Anthony Gonzalez did in 2007.