Panthers Pick Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw.

Tim Shaw is going to Carolina, and not only in his mind. Sunday, the former Penn State linebacker was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

Though many projected Shaw as a third- or fourth-round pick after he excelled at the NFL Combine and then Penn State's Pro Day, he slipped into the fifth round. After waiting to hear his name called, Shaw is ready to “just play football.”

He is also thankful the Panthers picked him, using the 27th selection of the fifth round and the 164th choice overall to do so.

“I'm so excited to play for the Panthers,” Shaw said. “It's just a great situation for me and all I need to do now is go in and prove myself as a football player. I'm excited.”

Shaw was a three-year starter on the Penn State defense, albeit at three different positions. He played middle linebacker in 2004, outside and middle linebacker in 2005, and defensive end in 2006. He finished his Penn State career with 177 tackles and 12 sacks.

He projects as an outside linebacker and special teams cover man in the NFL.

Shaw was the fifth Nittany Lion picked in the draft. He was the seventh pick of the Panthers and the team's second outside linebacker selection. They also took Miami's Jon Beason in the first round.

Shaw was the 15th outside linebacker taken in the draft.

PENN STATE DRAFTEES AS OF THIS WRITING

ROUND 1
Levi Brown, fifth overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals

ROUND 2
Paul Posluszny, second pick of the round (34th overall) by the Buffalo Bills

ROUND 3
Jay Alford, 18th pick of the round (81st overall) by the New York Giants
Tony Hunt, 27th pick of the round (90th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles

ROUND 4
None

ROUND 5
Tim Shaw, 27th pick of the round (164th overall) by the Carolina Panthers

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