Former Penn State captain A.Q. Shipley sat down with the media today from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to answer a few questions. Hear what he had to say about his career with the Nittany Lions, adjusting to the NFL, and more, right here![details]
The Good: A tough, stocky center who plays with good leverage and technique inside. Snaps and steps very quickly and plays with a real nasty demeanor inside. Displays good footwork and body control and can consistently reach-block and seal run lanes inside. A flexible athlete who can pull and get outside, breaks down well and is a natural cut-blocker in space. The Bad: Has a terrible body for the center position as he lacks length, height and overall girth. Struggles getting into tackles because of his length and is too easily disengaged in all areas of his game.
Positives: Plays relentlessly and wears down the competition. Rises to a challenge and fared well against Ohio State and USC. Gets into blocks quickly and plays on his feet with very good balance, agility and athleticism. Smart - makes all line calls. Good technician. Sees the blitz. Takes great angles. Plays with consistent leverage and can control defenders with quick hands and strong upper body. Very quick working to second level to cut off linebackers. Extremely competitive. Very durable. Negatives: Does not look the part - was the only offensive lineman whose arms measured shorter than 30 inches at the Combine. Not explosive off the ball and will struggle to generate movement by himself in the running game. Lacks anchor strength and needs help to handle big-bodied, two-gap defensive tackles. Will require help in pass protection. Only can play one position. Summary: Very competitive overachiever with tenacity, competitiveness and desire that continually shows up on tape. Comes from a program rich in producing NFL centers and should be able to overcome his size limitations and enrich the tradition. Could fight for a starting job and become a solid pro. Grade: Late draftable prospect.