Duke Shelley

Kansas State
CB

Prospect Info

College
Kansas State
Hometown
Class
GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
173 lbs
31”
Hands
8 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 6 ‧ Pick 33
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YaQuis Bertron "Duke" Shelley has proven himself a small but feisty corner during his time in Manhattan. He was a top-25 prospect at the position nationally out of Georgia and showed why by pulling off his redshirt to start the final eight games of his freshman year (28 tackles, seven pass breakups). He started 10 of 11 games played in 2016, accumulating 48 tackles, intercepting three passes, and breaking up four others. Big 12 coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference in 2017 after he started 12 games, compiled 56 tackles (four for loss) and led the Wildcats with 13 passes defended (two interceptions, 11 pass breakups). Shelley scored after an interception in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. While he missed five games in 2018 due to a right leg injury, he still was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches because of his production in seven starts (33 tackles, team-high three INT and nine PBUs). He was arrested in November for failing to appear for a hearing on two traffic violations (driving without proof of insurance, driving unregistered vehicle/with expired tags).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Undrafted free agent
Overview
Undersized slot corner with the ball skills to pair with the instincts that could find him a spot on a roster. He's tough and competitive and doesn't like to let throws go unchallenged, but he lacks the size and length teams typically like as it pertains to an ability to make plays on the ball and handle run-support duties. Shelley's high football character and competitive mindset give him a decent chance of making a roster, but he may need to prove himself as a viable backup return option.
Strengths
  • Instinctive cover man with 39 passes defensed in 38 career games
  • Possesses NFL quickness from the slot
  • Said to be a "coach's dream" due to high football character
  • Competitive once the ball is in the air
  • Has the twitch to break and challenge the catch
  • Shows ability to locate proper paths on the throw
  • Soft hands to flip the field when ball-hawking.
Weaknesses
  • Undersized as slot cornerback only
  • Can be mismatched by size
  • Will struggle to handle physical route runners
  • Lacks the length to challenge the catch once he gets stuck on receiver's hip
  • Could have issues holding up in run support

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league