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The 2OT: Shimonek's NFL potential proves Kingsbury remains quarterback guru

Kingsbury's offenses have consistantly ranked in the top 10 and even his worst offenses have produced NFL talent.

Christopher Johnston

The thought

The NFL draft is approaching and Texas Tech several players in the mix to potentially land a spot on an NFL roster, including quarterback Nic Shimonek. The senior transfer from Iowa struggled to make plays last season for the Red Raiders.

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To the surprise of most Red Raider fans, Shimonek was one of three players invited to the NFL Combine (Dylan Cantrell and Keke Coutee). He did reasonably well at the combine and was able to catch the eyes of some NFL scouts. After a solid pro day, he is listed a near lock to at least make it to a NFL team’s training camp and may potentially go in the the fourth round. If he does go, he would be the sixth quarterback to make it to the NFL that Kingsbury has coached.

So what exactly does that mean?

The take

Whether you like Kingsbury as a head coach or not, it’s hard to deny that he is one of the best offensive minds in the country. He has coached two Heisman winners in Johnny Manziel and Baker Mayfield and will have had three quarterbacks, assuming Mayfield goes as projected, drafted in the first round (Mayfield, Manziel and Mahomes).

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While Nic Shimonek will join the company of Taylor Potts and Robert Hall in Red Raider history, his presence in the NFL Draft makes one fact very clear. Texas Tech is an offense factory and Kingsbury is the foreman. Despite the struggles from last season, there can be no doubt that the offense will be back on top. Hopefully with a defense to back it up.

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