Combine Afterthought Nic Shimonek Could Be the Secret QB Star of the 2018 Draft

Every scouting combine has its share of fascinating quarterback stories, and the 2018 combine was no different. Sam Darnold didn’t throw. Lamar Jackson didn’t run the 40-yard dash, though he did charm most people at the podium.   hi-res-3951576096e244cf8812e45a48c46d18_crop_northnfl jerseys cheap china

For college quarterbacks who aren’t prominent names, the combine can be a struggle to get noticed—one of the last chances to get on the NFL’s radar before the draft. Throwing sessions play a big part in that, and for lesser-known quarterbacks, sometimes the only way to get on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is to be a “thrower” for the running backs the day before the quarterback and receiver drills. It isn’t glamorous, and your name doesn’t show up in lights, but maybe you’ll impress in those drills and get a shot at throwing the next day with the “big boys.”

Mahomes was the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2017 and will be their starter in 2018, but Shimonek’s future is far less defined. This despite the fact that he threw six touchdowns in just 58 passing attempts as a backup in 2016, and threw for 3,963 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Red Raiders’ starter in 2017.nfl jerseys

None of that mattered. Shimonek had to take the dirty work with the potential glory when the combine came calling.

“The combine director [Director of National Football Scouting] called me and told me that I was invited to the combine,” Shimonek recently told B/R. “After that, they asked me, ‘Would you mind throwing [to the running backs?]’ I could have told them yes or no, but I was going to go regardless.nfl jersey

“I’m not sure if I was just an extra thrower—I think somebody else might have been an extra thrower and then said they couldn’t do it,cheap nfl jerseys china but I called my agent and he said, ‘Yeah, it’s just another opportunity.’ So I called them back and said, yeah, sure I’ll do it. I’m not going to turn down another opportunity to throw in front of that many scouts.”