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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2004 12:22 am | Updated: 5:51 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Former Arizona State football players Mike Karney and Jason Shivers were selected within minutes of each other during the fifth round of the final day of the NFL draft Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints, who had recent success with another ASU fullback, made Karney the 156th player selected. Two spots later, the St. Louis Rams, who have also had recent success with ex-Sun Devils, chose Shivers, a safety.

Karney was the last I-formation fullback signed by former ASU coach Bruce Snyder. Terrelle Smith, who played fullback for ASU in 1999, was with the Saints for three seasons.

Karney is the third ASU I-formation fullback to be drafted in the past five years. Jeff Paulk was selected by Atlanta in the third round in 1999; Smith was a fourth-round selection the following season.

ASU no longer has a fullback in its offense.

Shivers, who left ASU with a year of eligibility remaining, said he was not disappointed he wasn't drafted during Saturday’s first three rounds.

"I'm happy," he said. "I got picked."

Shivers will join ex-Devils safety Adam Archuleta and wide receiver Shaun McDonald. Shivers said he had spoken with McDonald earlier in the day.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called Shivers "a steal" for the Rams.

"I feel good about where I'm going," Shivers said. "We could be Super Bowl contenders."

Northern Arizona wide receiver Clarence Moore was picked in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He is the first Lumberjack to be drafted since 2001 and the 35th in school history.

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