April 29, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The 2011 NFL Draft continued on Friday and another Pitt product went off the board.
Defensive end Jabaal Sheard was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the second round with the 37th overall pick. Sheard (Hollywood Hills, Fla./Hollywood Hills) is the second Pitt player chosen in this year’s draft, joining Jon Baldwin, who was a first-round selection of the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
Sheard enjoyed a highly decorated senior season in 2010. He was named a first team All-American by the AFCA and voted the Big East Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches.
Sheard had 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 12 games. He led the Big East in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 forced fumbles/game), ranked second in tackles for loss (tied, 1.21 TFLs/game) and was third in sacks (0.75 sacks/game).
As a second-round selection, Sheard became the highest drafted Pitt defensive lineman since 1992, when tackle Sean Gilbert was a first-round pick (third overall selection) by the Los Angeles Rams.
The 2011 draft marks the first time Pitt has had a player selected in each of the opening two rounds since 2004. That year receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a first-round selection (Arizona Cardinals) followed by cornerback Shawntae Spencer (San Francisco 49ers) and tight end Kris Wilson (Kansas City Chiefs) in the second.
The final four rounds of the draft will be held on Saturday in New York City.
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