March 27, 2018



Height: 6026 | Weight: 218 | Arm: 30 3/4 | Hand: 9 1/4 | 40: 4.88 | 3Cone: 7.28 | Broad: 101" | Vertical: 28.5"


Nic Shimonek is a fifth-year Senior who led the Big 12 in completions (328) and passing completion percentage (66.7%) with a nearly 4:1 TD:INT ratio operating Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. A team captain, Shimonek is a feisty competitor and great leader who can be seen motivating his teammates on the sideline. Outside of spell duty of last year's top ten selection Pat Mahomes in 2016, Shimonek really only has one season as a starter, finishing with 4,445 yard, 39 TDs, and 11 INTs. Shimonek had a solid showing at the East-West Shrine game, going 12/18 for 108 yards and TD in the game, but more importantly demonstrating that he could command a huddle and take snaps under center.


Shimonek has good height with a strong frame and lower body with smaller 9" hands. An edgy player with tatted sleeves, Shimonek is a solid athlete who shows courage to run through tackles and extend plays with his legs. While he's not Lamar Jackson, Shimonek has a sneaky ability to scoot similar to former Arizona State QB Jake Plummer.


Shimonek shows a quick, snappy release with good ability to alter his elbow angle under pressure and deliver passes to outlet receivers under duress. Shimonek demonstrates good ball placement and leg drive to zip passes on Deep Posts and dominate in the middle of the field. Shimonek shows ability to throw with touch with a nice rainbow trajectory on Deep Seams and Fades. Shimonek struggles with processing Zone looks and has a tendency to get fooled by CB Trap coverages. Shimonek can extend plays in chaos, showing good poise against the blitz and creativity to shovel a pass to an open outlet receiver to prevent a negative play. Shimonek is a successful runner on QB draws and shows the courage to fight through contact. Shimonek's biggest areas of improvement is pre-snap recognition, field vision, and processing and may need to show more anticipation with his throws in private team workouts.  Shimonek had the benefit of a very QB-friendly system as well as good receiving weapons in Keke Coutee, Dylan Cantrell, and Cameron Batson, so it is difficult to project Shimonek's prospects at the NFL level.


Shimonek left a full scholarship at Iowa to walk on at Texas Tech for a chance of more playing time and started a furniture restoration business to pay his bills, showing maturity and stellar work ethic. Scouts will likely question why Shimonek was benched against Texas this season in favor of sophomore McLane Carter, especially with Carter's struggles causing Kingsbury to turn back to Shimonek. Shimonek has said that he is best friends with Patrick Mahomes and speaks to him daily, having leaned on him heavily for advice in the pre-draft process. There is a lot to like about Shimonek from a tools, athleticism and leadership standpoint to be a potential project at the next level with his main deterrent being identifying complex coverages and Air Raid QBs traditionally having limited success at the NFL level. Shimonek is best suited to incubate in a "Spread Coast" offense with heavy RPOs, and his strong friendship with Mahomes makes the Chiefs an intriguing late round landing spot as a developmental 3rd-string type.


Overall Grade: 67

Athletic Ability: 4

Physical: 4

Play Strength: 4

Play Speed: 4

Competitive Toughness: 6

Arm Strength: 4

Speed of Release: 4

Spiral/Catchability: 3

Short Accuracy: 3

Medium Accuracy: 4

Deep Accuracy: 4

Pocket Awareness: 3

Read Progressions: 2

Ball Security: 3

Footwork: 4

Delivery/Motion: 4

Maturity: 5

Production: 2


Player Comparison: Jake Plummer

Projected Round: Round 7




For information on our grading criteria, click here.





Please reload