Bengals Draft Shirley in the 5th Round

Bengals take Shirley with 145th overall pick.

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted former Bulldog DT Jason Shirley with the 10th pick (145th overall) in the fifth round. He is continues a streak of eight straight years with at least one Bulldog player taken in the NFL Draft.

DT Jason Shirley (6-5, 329) has a troublesome senior season playing in just three games. However, his size and great pro day numbers helped erase some question marks. The Cincinnati Bengals took Shirley with the 10th pick in the fifth round on the second day of the NFL Draft.

Shirley was expected to be a sixth or seventh round pick at best because of his off-the-field issues. Moreover, most experts expected the DT to become an un-drafted free agent. Shirley's pick continues Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill's streak of eight years of having at least one player drafted by the NFL.

In 2007, he had seven tackles (three for losses), 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Shirley started the season with a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules and ultimately a dismissal from the team in November. In his first three seasons (2004-'06), he appeared in 32 games (13 starts) and recorded 50 tackles (11 for losses) and 4 sacks.

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