Raiders Take Matt Shaughnessy in Round 3
Sunday, April 26 2009 @ 09:30 AM CDT
Contributed by: AllyOop
Contributed by: AllyOop
Very blue collar. Good size, very strong. Finds the ball carrier quickly. Good discipline. Possesses a tall, lean frame with good straight-line speed and closing burst off the edge. Uses his hands well to shed blocks and does a good job finding the ball off the snap. Works hard off the edge and does a great job chasing the ball down in space. Has some suddenness once he’s engaged and will pull the rug out from under offensive linemen. Looks more like a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the length to gain the edge off the line. Better than expected at holding his ground on running plays despite his build. Can rip off his man to get into the backfield or get off blocks to wrap up ballcarriers coming through the hole.
Lacks any kind of first step-burst off the edge and doesn't seem to beat any offensive tackle off the snap. Gets pushed aside by stronger right tackles when lined up on the right side, where he played as a junior due to a lack of team depth. Only adequate in changing direction when standing up, and takes time to accelerate, making it harder for him to corral quick players on the edge. Not real fluid and struggles redirecting cleanly in space. Durability issues.
In 2008 spring camp, Shaughnessy suffered a right fibula fracture. Even though he started all year, you could see early in the season that he was still not fully recovered. The All-Big Ten honorable mention managed 40 tackles (29 solo), but did more chasing down the opposing quarterback (10 pressures) than "close the deal" on the passer (four sacks).
Shaughnessy ranked fourth in the league and 19th nationally, as the team MVP and second-team All-Big Ten pick totaled 18 stops for loss. He was second on the team with five sacks and posted a career-high 60 tackles (41 solo) in 13 games as a junior in 2007. His tackle-for-loss total of 84 yards rank eighth on the school season-record list.
As a sophomore, Shaughnessy garnered All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors. He started all year at right defensive end, delivering 35 tackles (19 solo) and eight stops behind the line of scrimmage, including four sacks. He also caused and recovered a fumble.
2005: Earned Freshman All-American recognition and was named All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention. In his first campaign with the Badgers, he collected 39 tackles (20 solos), 2.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses before his season came to an end when he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee vs. Iowa, sitting out the last two contests.
Attended Norwich (Ct.) Free Academy, playing football for head coach Steve Robichaud...Earned Super Prep All-American honors and was rated one of the top 30 defensive ends in the nation according to Rivals.com...Rated one of top 35 players in the East by Prep Football Report and named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New Haven Register All-State teams in 2004...Earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades in each of his three final seasons, adding three more letters in basketball and two in track.
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