Draft Snapshot: LB Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw (20) makes a play. By Ed Thompson
Posted Feb 8, 2007

Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw might be one of those 3-4/4-3 front seven players who'll interest new Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. Shaw was an MLB before moving to DE in Penn State's 3-4 defense last season. Here's a closer look.

Tim Shaw
LB/DE Penn State

Numbers: 6'1, 237 pounds

2006 Stats: 44 tackles (26 solo), 8 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks, 1 QB hurry, 7 passes defended in 13 games

Career Stats: 120 tackles (69 solo), 16 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 9 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 1 QB hurry in 36 games

The Buzz: Quick, versatile player with experience at MLB, OLB, DE and RB who has been lauded for his blue-collar work ethic that pushes his teammates ... Selfless, team player who moved to DE his senior year even though it was his opportunity to shine at the MLB position along with All-Americans Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor so that the team could get their 11 best athletes on the field at once ... Had to learn techniques and gap assignments so he could be successful as a rush DE against linemen who were usually 60 - 80 pounds heavier than him ... ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash at PSU last spring ... Challenge for Shaw is that he's projected as a LB at the pro level, but doesn't have recent film/performance results at the position ...Is preparing for the Combine with Tom Shaw, who has trained more than 85 first-round picks including Peyton Manning and Tom Brady ... reportedly referred to as "the Lions' most important player" by Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis ... Earned high praise from teammate Paul Posluszny who said, "He might be one of the fastest guys on our defense. He can flat out fly," and "We know that when we bring him on a blitz, something big is going to happen."

Noteworthy: Shaw's the only player in Penn State history to receive both the Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Comittment" Award as well as the Jim O'Hora Award as the team's most improved defensive player ... was born in England, but grew up in Michigan ... outstanding running back in high school, scoring 131 touchdowns while rushing for a Michigan prep career record 7,611 yards ... his family took in more than 30 foster care children while he and his three brothers were growing up ... finished second at PSU in sacks his senior year with seven and third in pass deflections with seven ... didn't miss a game his last two seasons at Penn State and only missed two games during his sophomore year due to minor ankle injuries ... played MLB in the Hula Bowl in January ... finished his degree in management last May ... won the Ridge Riley Award his senior year for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship".

He said it to Scout.com...
"It was a great experience for me as a player. And as a person it was humbling, and it made me really keep working and learning." -- on being switched from MLB to rush DE his senior year to help the team.

"I've learned a lot of technique and a lot of leverage going against those monsters everyday." -- on how working head-to-head against offensive linemen his senior year will help him as a linebacker at the pro level.

"I try to be a leader to this team and be a servant to this team. Whatever needs to be done, I want to do it. And I want to bring guys along with me and get things done the right way. -- on his leadership style and commitment to the team.

Check back on Friday for our interview with Tim Shaw, an exclusive feature for Scout.com subscribers!
This guy sounds like he could be one of those late rounds steals. The 4.42/40 speed is pretty darn fast! I liked the blue collar work ethics and the unselfishness to change positions for the team even though it may have hurt his draft position (which equals money). Sounds like a guy who could fit in nicely with the black and gold! I didn't watch a lot of Penn State games this year. Has anyone that follows Penn State noticed this guy as a standout? The 3 guys who seem to be getting all the scouts attention are Hunt, Posluzny and Brown. Do we want this guy? We are thin at LB.