Nic Shimonek

Texas Tech
QB

Prospect Info

College
Texas Tech
Hometown
Class
Mildred, TX
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
220 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.97
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.88
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
101.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.28
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.32
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
LoadingLoading spinner

Playlist

Shimonek found it difficult to earn playing time during his first four collegiate seasons, and in fact, had the time to start a furniture restoration business to pay for school. The two-time honorable mention all-state pick from Mildred, Texas signed with the University of Iowa before the 2013 season. He redshirted there before deciding to transfer closer to home at Texas Tech. After sitting out as a redshirt in 2014, he played in just two games the following year (1-of-2, 18 yards). Shimonek was Pat Mahomes' back-up in 2016, playing well in limited action over four contests (38-of-58, 65.5 completion percentage, 464 yards, six touchdowns, one interception). Shimonek started throughout the 2016 season until Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury benched him for the regular season finale against Texas. The resilient senior told his coach that he was "almost out of time," so Kingsbury put his young passer in the game. Two touchdowns later, the Red Raiders pulled out the win. The faith Kingsbury put in Shimonek paid off again in 2017, as he led the team to the Alamo Bowl and garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 notice by starting 12 of 13 games played, completing 66.5 percent of his passes (among the FBS leaders) for 3,963 yards and 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Shimonek found himself benched late in the season after a stretch of subpar second-half performances where the Tech offense failed to generate points on the board. On the surface, that does not bode well for Shimonek's NFL chances. However, he has NFL size, pretty good accuracy and solid arm talent, so any trip into a camp gives him a shot at finding a practice squad spot.
Strengths
  • Stands tall in the pocket and is able to get rid of the football from a variety of arm angles
  • Can stride and drive deep outs with good accuracy and velocity
  • Shows off some arm talent when throwing on the move
  • Reads safeties and starts progressions accordingly
  • Willing to get through three and even four reads when he has time
  • Searches for big-play opportunities downfield when scrambling from the pocket
  • Came off the bench to engineer a game-winning performance against Texas in the final week of the season
Weaknesses
  • Struggled to post consistent production in the fourth quarter with completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio dropping badly
  • Release is a little slow
  • Will void pocket rather than sliding and keeping his eyes down the field
  • Needs to improve ball placement when windows are tight
  • Failed to see lurking defenders when facing zone coverage
  • Not an early anticipator of windows
  • Early staredown to deep targets allows instinctive deep safeties to get adequate jumps

News

Path to the Draft

Final quick-snap 2018 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams

Best and most worrisome picks from the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Rounds 2, 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft

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