Justin Shaffer is an average athlete with regards to movement skills and lateral agility. In the run game, he is a power blocker when defenders are directly in front of him. He comes off the ball with physicality and strikes. He is very good on double teams and can get to the second level. However, he doesn’t engage well due to his lack of good athleticism. In the passing game, he struggles with shaded defenders who have good initial quickness off the snap. He doesn’t bend well but has very good functional strength, which helps him to handle bull rushers. He doesn’t redirect with fluidity and is certainly best served remaining inside. In the NFL, he is a developmental player who plays one position. This will make it challenging for him to roster initially.
Ideal Role: Developmental player
Scheme Fit: Power run scheme
Written by Drae Harris
Games watched: Alabama (2021), Arkansas (2021), Kentucky (2021) Alabama (2022)
Best Game Studied: Arkansas (2021)
Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2021)
Balance: He could be better with regards to balance. He has been on the ground some, resulting in average balance. Playing with better posture would greatly benefit this player.
Pass Set: He is average in his pass set overall. He has average foot quickness and struggles to redirect laterally. He doesn’t have strong hands and latch strength
Competitive toughness: He plays the game with competitive toughness. He is a violent striker in the run game and does a really good job of establishing a new line of scrimmage.
Lateral Mobility: He lacks elite movement skills. As a result, he struggles to redirect laterally. He has can identify stunts but oftentimes is late because of his lack of good athleticism.
Length: He appears to have sufficient length. This helps him in the run game. He does a good job of snapping and getting his hands up to lock-out.
Football IQ: He demonstrates sufficient-level football IQ. He can identify twists inside, but he is often late due to his lack of good athleticism.
Hand Technique: He can grow in the area of hand placement and technique. There were instances of him getting them outside the frame of the defender.
Anchor: When a defender is directly over him, he does a good job anchoring. He is powerful and has good functional strength.
Power at POA: He has good power at the point of attack. He can generate vertical movement in the run game and also does a good job holding the point of attack.
Versatility: He lacks true versatility on the interior. He is a one-position player, which will make it harder for him to roster.
TDN Consensus: 68.67/100 (Sixth Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 69.00/100
Marino Grade: 71.00/100
Harris Grade: 66.00/100