Mickey Shuler NFL bio

The official NFL bio of Vikings seventh-round draft pick Mickey Shuler.

Tight End
Penn State University
6-4, 247
East Pennsboro High School


Long-time Penn State fans knew that Shuler was destined to a strong contributor to the Nittany Lions, even though he wasn't a highly-touted Pennsylvania recruit. His father, Mickey, Sr., played for Penn State, was a third-round pick of the Jets in 1976 and played in the league for 14 years.

The younger Shuler played several games as a reserve tight end and fullback in 2006 following a redshirt season. He then played in every game the last three years, starting 13 games and playing in two-tight ends with fellow senior prospect Andrew Quarless. He made seven catches for 91 yards in 2007, nine for 120 yards and a touchdown as a junior and his 11 catches in 2009 went for 89 yards and two scores.

Though his receiving statistics are not gaudy, Shuler is getting a serious look by NFL teams because of his strong blocking and underrated athleticism. His pro day amazed scouts as he put up numbers on par with those invited to the Combine. Look for him to be selected sometime in the draft Saturday.

2009 Season

Playing in every game for the third straight season, Mickey Shuler is one of the most experienced and reliable players on the Nittany Lions' offense. He helped give Penn State one of the most talented and productive tight end tandems in college football, teaming with classmate Andrew Quarless on 52 receptions and five touchdowns. Starting four games this season, Shuler played an unsung role for the Big Ten's most productive offense, ranking No. 2 in yardage and No. 5 in scoring. The fifth-year senior had 11 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Shuler has good size and strength and has emerged as one of Daryll Clark's go-to receivers in the Red Zone. The former East Pennsboro High School standout caught one-yard touchdowns in the back-to-back wins against Syracuse and Temple. Shuler had a season-high three catches for 33 yards in the win at Illinois and he made two receptions for 27 yards in the 20-0 blanking of Minnesota. In addition to his receiving output, Shuler plays an integral role in pass protection and run blocking, helping Clark and tailback Evan Royster to standout seasons. In the Capital One Bowl, Shuler was a vital participant, blocking for Royster and Clark in his final game as a Nittany Lion. Shuler's father, Mickey Sr., was a tight end who lettered at Penn State from 1975-77 before playing 14 seasons in the NFL. Shuler graduated in December.

2008 Season

Shuler was an effective blocker and receiver for an attack that was ranked in the Top 20 nationally in rushing, total and scoring offense. Playing in every game, with six starts, he made nine receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown. Shuler had a very productive game in the 45-14 thumping of Oregon State, catching a season-high three passes for 48 yards, including a five-yard touchdown grab from Daryll Clark in the first quarter. Shuler also made a 24-yard catch on third down to get the ball onto the Beavers' side of the field and set up Evan Royster's touchdown run to open the scoring. Shuler made the Nittany Lions' longest play of the game at Iowa, catching a 23-yard option pass from Derrick Williams in the fourth quarter. In the win over Indiana, Shuler caught two passes for 31 yards. He was slowed just before mid-season by a sprained ankle. Shuler was on the field for 401 snaps, led by 68 against Oregon State and 46 in the 48-7 win at Wisconsin.

2007 Season

Mickey Shuler's first career reception is one he's likely to remember. In the 2007 season-opener against Florida International, Shuler grabbed his first career pass and ran it into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. He finished the game with four receptions for 54 yards. Playing in every game on offense and special teams, Shuler has made significant strides, improving as a receiver and blocker. He made seven catches for 91 yards (13.0 avg.), with starts against Buffalo, Iowa and Wisconsin. Shuler made two grabs for 21 yards in the 38-7 win over the No. 19 Badgers. In the regular season-finale at Michigan State, Shuler grabbed a critical 16-yard reception on third down, in a drive that eventually would lead to a Rodney Kinlaw touchdown run. He also hustled downfield to save a punt from going into the end zone, with Rich Ohrnberger downing the ball at the Spartan one-yard line. He saw action on 434 plays, led by 68 in the win over Notre Dame.

2006 Season

In his first season on the field, Shuler gained experience at tight end and fullback and saw action in several games. He provided depth at tight end behind starter Andrew Quarless and seniors Kevin Darling and Patrick Hall.

2005 Season

Redshirt season.

Agility Tests

Combine: Not invited:

Pro Day: 4.63 40, 47.5-inch vertical, 10'11" broad jump, 6.77 three-cone, 28 reps

High School

A three-sport standout at East Pennsboro HS, Shuler had outstanding junior and senior seasons at EPHS. As a junior for Coach Todd Stuter, he made 40 catches for 562 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 40 passes for 564 yards and three scores and was selected team MVP. At linebacker, he recorded 100 tackles, with 10 tackles for losses, five sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. His performance as a senior garnered him second-team all-state honors and he was named first-team all-conference as a tight end and linebacker. Shuler also ran the 400 meters and hurdle events for the track and field squad that was coached by his mother, Sue. He was a two-time MVP of the basketball squad and first-team all-conference. An outstanding student, Shuler was ranked in the top 30 of his class when he graduated


Full name is Mickey Charles Shuler. He is the son of Mickey and Sue Shuler. Mickey Sr., was a standout tight end for the Nittany Lions, earning letters from 1975-77. He was selected by the New York Jets in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft and enjoyed a highly successful career with the Jets (1978-89) and Philadelphia Eagles (1990-91). The younger Shuler is a kinesiology major. Born October 9, 1986.

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