Many linebacker prospects would allow a time like the official 4.48 Shaw posted in Indy to stand, and not risk running a slower time at their on-campus workout. Shaw, however, will do all of the tests at PSU except for the vertical jump and bench press.
I feel this is a good opportunity, he explained. Any time the scouts are looking, it's good to show them what I can do. I want to re-affirm the type of athlete I am.
So how low can he go? Well, since an electronic timing system will not be used Thursday, Shaw (and the rest of the athletes participating) will be timed by the individual stopwatches of the scouts and coaches on hand. In Indy, Shaw was hand-timed at 4.43.
I'm hoping to catch some great times, a high 4.3, Shaw said. I can do it. Definitely at least a low 4.4.
At the combine, Shaw bench-pressed 225 pounds 26 times, a number topped by only four other linebackers. His vertical of 36.5 inches was also near the top of the chart. As such, he doesn't feel he has anything more to prove in either test.
Besides, he said, benching takes a lot out of you if you do it the same day you are running.
Having played out of position at defensive end for the good of the program last season, Shaw went into the combine as something of an unknown. But he did not leave Indianapolis that way.
I knew what was gonna happen, he said with a laugh. I knew the kind of time I was gonna run. And when I did, everyone said, 'Wow, great job.' Just because of that 40 time, everyone said I had a great combine. So I got feedback that I made a name for myself. I got some attention, so it was positive.
Shaw prepared for the combine by working out with a personal trainer in Orlando, Fla. Since the combine, he has been back in State College, living in a house with former teammate Brandon Ream and working out frequently at Lasch Building with PSU speed development coach Jeremy Scott.
He met with at least 25 different NFL teams in Indianapolis, and early this week met with the linebackers' coach from the New York Jets. He has a trip set up to visit the Atlanta Falcons in the near future.
For the next day or so, however, he is zeroing in on running the best possible 40 at PSU Pro Day. He also wants to improve on his standing broad jump from the combine (9-9), which he felt was a disappointment. He is shooting to go well over 10 feet Thursday.
Once Pro Day is complete, Shaw intends to take a few days off before beginning the individual workouts that will lead up to the April 28-29 NFL Draft.
This is exciting, but it gets tedious, he said. Before the combine, you got to the point of saying, all right, let's just do this. You are so ready because all you are doing is training for one thing, and you have to keep your focus. So I'm ready for Pro Day to be over so I can relax for a few days.
PRO DAY NOTES
Tim Shaw expects former PSU defensive end Jim Shaw (no relation) to wow scouts on the bench. We're looking at 40 reps and up, he said.
More than a dozen former Lions are expected to work out at Pro Day, everyone from the aforementioned stars to lesser-known multiple-year starters like Jay Alford, to role players like Joe Cianciolo, Kevin Darling and Darien Hardy, to name a few. Shaw believes one person capable of surprising the scouts is safety Donnie Johnson. He has a good shot. He is physically impressive and an athlete.