Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference an All-American honors the past two years. Senior totals included a career-best 116/1485/13, when he also average 13 yards on 24 punt returns, adding two more scores. Junior numbers included 89/1060/11.
Positives: Accomplished college receiver with marginal physical skills and upside for the next level. Fluid releasing off the line, displays sharpness into routes, and uses his frame to shield away opponents. Extends his hands to make the reception and offers the quarterback a nice target. Works hard running after the reception using his blocks everywhere on the field. Displays tremendous focus and concentration, comes away with the difficult reception in a crowd and easily adjusts to the errant throw. Outstanding eye/hand coordination, and is a sure-handed receiver. Recognizes defenses, and cuts short routes to find the open space on the field. Effective as a downfield blocker.
Negatives: Lacks a burst and not stretching the field vertically. Average quickness in his overall game. Benefited from the wide-open style of offense at Texas.
Analysis: Shipley did a good job at Texas and can be productive at the next level yet is unlikely to be anything other than a third or fourth receiver on the NFL level. His abilities as a punt returned are added value.
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