Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Who is the 6-foot-3-225 pound Nic Shimonek?
Nic Shimonek transferred to Texas Tech as a walk-on after signing with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Shimonek felt that the pro-style offense wasn't suited to his strengths as he was accustomed to playing in a spread as he did in high school. It was a wise decision to make, as he sat behind current NFL backups Jake Rudock (Detroit Lions), and C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers). Nic Shimonek earned a scholarship and received his opportunity when Red Raiders starting quarterback Pat Mahomes II, went down to an injury early in the third quarter in a game against the Kansas Jayhawks. Shimonek step in and torched the Jayhawks defense secondary by spreading the ball around. He was 15-21 passing for 271 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. (Watch Video)
Patrick Mahomes II Injured, Shimonek Light's It Up
Shimonek has a great strong arm that has impressed NFL scouts. His senior year, he was 328-493-3,963 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Had a long journey through his collegiate career, despite running his own furniture restoration company with his wife. Had a slightly similar path of the famous Kurt Warner, former Rams quarterback that was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame. Shimonek never gave up his fight or dreams to play Division I football. Has a knack for entering games late and providing heroic efforts. Playing in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, he threw a touchdown pass to University of Houston’s Steven Dunbar, leading the West over the East 14-10. Shimonek went 12-18-108 yards and one touchdown in leading the West. (Watch Video)
Shimonek's Game Winning TD In East-West Shrine Game
Nic Shimonek Highlights
The ability to stand tall in the pocket and make all the reads before delivering the pass. Has good arm strength, the ability to deliver the ball from various angles, and delivers quick passes. Great play action a quarterback with the ability to complete short strike passes. Accurate passer even on the run with velocity on the deep out. Read defenses well, and will stay in the pocket to the last second. Moves well in the pocket and has a good sense of pressure to create time to get rid of the ball. Will throw the ball away if there’s no receiver open to minimize turnovers. Ability to come off the bench to provide a spark.
Will struggle with zone defenses, and will try to throw into tight windows, but not as often. Stares down the receiver, allowing the defenses to read and react and jumping routes. Seems to not trust his big arms as his deep passes have receivers has to come back for the ball. At times will avoid the pocket and try to make plays with his feet and refusing to slide. Not as athletic or fast as his predecessor Patrick Mahomes II. Only has one year under his belt as a starter which may shy some teams away despite his upside.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
Yes, I’m going to be honest and say i’m bias with the kid. One of his greateast attribute, was the ability to enter a game late and was very productive. When replacing a injured Mahomes, or entering the senior bowl all-star game, he has showed his experience of producitivity. Rams current backup Sean Mannion may be on the move or released this up-becoming season. Played well in the pre-season but not impressive in his start in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers. Shimonek can come in and becomce a solid backup, but will have to out play current third string Brandon Allen. His East-West Shrine Game performance already have convinced scouts that he's a competitor. Shimonek impressed many scouts at the combine and his pro day at Tech. Rams will have a total of 6.0 sixth round picks at 2018 NFL Draft, expect them to use one on a quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers