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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