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With the 226th Pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers Select A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State

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In what is sure to be an incredibly popular pick here on BTSC, local standout A.Q. Shipley, is selected as the 226th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Shipley is a little undersized and is considered to be a great fit for a zone blocking scheme but could struggle with some of the larger nose tackles in the AFC North.  A great point brought out on BTSC's twitter feed is the 7th round selection that we used to draft A.Q. Shipley was acquired from the Tampa Bay Bucaneers for Sean Mahan.  So in essence we traded Sean Mahan for A.Q. Shipley, and I think just about any Steeler fan will recognize their is a lot of value in that deal.


Shipley was very accomplished at Penn State and even won the 2008 Rimington Trophy for the best center in college football, as well as being named to ESPN's All-Bowl team, and was named to All-Big Ten Conference first-team. 

 

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Oh, and before I forget, he does look like a cabbage patch doll. 


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