Don’t expect to hear Nic Shimonek’s name near the top of many NFL mock drafts.
On paper, he’s not exactly in the same category as the likes of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or even Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson, but that’s to be expected. Shimonek played in just 18 games throughout his entire collegiate career, with 13 of those coming last season during his lone year as a starter at Texas Tech.
Is Shimonek proven? Not quite. But after compiling nearly 4,000 yards through the air and 33 touchdown passes in 2017 after previously serving as a backup to Patrick Mahomes, Shimonek has, at the least, sparked some interest.
Just how significant is that interest?
According to Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar, Shimonek informally met with approximately 20 teams at the NFL combine, with the Tennessee Titans noted as one team with considerable interest.
“I’m a perfectionist, so I thought I could have done better. I felt that I helped myself out, and my agent [Leigh Steinberg] felt the same way,” Shimonek told Bleacher Report. “My thing is, I can throw with all these guys; I just don’t have the experience they do because I sat behind Pat the last two years. But as far as getting out there and throwing, I think I’m right up there with these guys.”
This means, for a team such as the Titans that may be willing to take a gamble on the unproven passer, Shimonek could prove to become a hidden gem in a class with an abundance of quarterback talent at the top.
“He’s not a big name, but when I watch Shimonek’s tape, I see a cross between Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles and a younger version of Matt Ryan, before Ryan learned to slow things down as he read defenses and started to use mobility as an attribute,” Farrar said.
Shimonek concluded his college career with 4,445 passing yards, 39 touchdowns through the air and 11 interceptions in 553 attempts.