Josh Shaw posts good numbers at NFL Scouting Combine

Former USC defensive back Josh Shaw makes a catch during a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

After a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the draft projection for former USC defensive back Josh Shaw could get interesting.

Shaw, 6 feet and 201 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds -- tied for the third-fastest time among the 29 defensive backs who ran.

He bench-pressed 225 pounds a position-best 26 times.

Shaw served a 10-game suspension last season after fabricating a story about how he suffered ankle injuries. In three games he made 11 tackles.


“Despite what happened and the suspension, just from a pure football evaluation perspective, the kid competes,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said.

Shaw played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

“He played well,” Mayock said. “Now he’s checking off another box with speed.”

Before the combine, Mayock projected Shaw as a fourth- to fifth-round pick based on his football skills, without factoring in the off-field incident.

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