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Shayne Skov | Linebacker

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 244

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49ers signed Stanford ILB Shayne Skov.
Skov (6-foot-2 1/8, 245) made 48 starts in the Cardinal's 3-4, racking up 40.5 tackles for loss with 17 sacks. He was a third-team All-American as a senior. Skov's short arms (30 5/8") and below-average athleticism (5.09 forty, 31-inch vertical) will likely keep him off the field in sub-packages, but NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Skov could succeed in a James Farrior/Larry Foote-type role at strong-side inside linebacker in a 3-4. He's an instinctive, smart (34 Wonderlic score), high-effort run stopper and deceptively good blitzer. Shaky medicals and pre-draft workouts caused him to go undrafted. Sun, May 11, 2014 02:17:00 PM

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Stanford ILB Shayne Skov struggled to break 5.2 seconds in the forty when running for scouts, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Skov has never been a fast player, but did look much better in 2013 compared to 2012. That 2012 season was hampered by injury, but Skov is a physical player who can make plays despite his lack of long speed. He should not draw more than a day three pick.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Stanford ILB Shayne Skov "will not run faster than 4.8-seconds" in the forty at the NFL Combine, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline adds Skov bowed out of the Senior Bowl to prepare for the Combine. We love the event for the spectacle that it is, but forty times can be overblown for prospects who fill certain roles. For example, Brandon Spikes ran a 5.05 at Florida's pro day. Skov improved his game in 2013, likely due to health.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 09:42:00 AM

One NFC South scout told's Bucky Brooks Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov has "everything that you want in a defender except foot-fire (speed and quickness)."

The scout reportedly raved about Skov's instincts, motor and toughness. Brooks adds he believes Skov would thrive as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, due to his "knack for making plays within the box." The senior really struggled last year, showing even less agility. A third-round selection is not out of the question for Skov.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 01:48:00 PM

Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov posted two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one recover, two quarterback hits, and one pass breakup in the school's 26-20 win over Oregon.

Skov's improvement this season is noticeable. The senior was obviously still recovering from injuries last season and could barely move laterally. His range is better and Skov still has the toughness to stop plays at the line of scrimmage before they start.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov's agility and range this season compared to 2012 is "night and day," according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

It is a good sign, as Skov was getting by due to name recognition last season. He has a few injuries on his medical history, but Skov could finally be fully healed during his last campaign with the Cardinal. He will certainly be needed against a fast paced Oregon offense.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 11:07:00 AM

One NFL executive called Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov's playmaking instincts "top notch."

The exec added Skov is a "strong take-on guy" and an "explosive blitzer." The senior inside linebacker lacks lateral speed, but's Daniel Jeremiah believes Skov "is going to be a very attractive prospect for teams running the 3-4 defense." The Cardinal take on UCLA this weekend.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 02:51:00 PM

Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov "looks real good leading up to" the season opener against San Jose State, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

The Cardinal do not play during college football's opening weekend, which gives Skov more time to prepare for the season. We think he is getting by on name recognition, which was built on his play from 2011. In 2012, however, Skov played at a free agent level. His medicals will be a big part of the evaluation process for the veteran linebacker.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Stanford senior Shayne Skov might be limited to ILB in a 3-4 defense, as opposed to MLB in a 4-3, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang calls Skov's lateral agility and straight-line speed into question, and we don't disagree. The linebacker is a big name int he college football world and produced a couple solid outings last season, but we were disappointed in his junior year as a whole. Rang did add that Skov "shows good strength and possesses the bulk necessary to handle taking on blocks."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 10:13:00 AM's Gil Brandt ranks Stanford senior Shayne Skov over Alabama's C.J. Mosley at ILB.

Skov and Mosley did rank one and two on Brandt's list of the top seniors at the position, with Stanford's Trent Murphy, Tennessee's AJ Johnson, and Michigan State's Max Bullough rounding out the group. We didn't expect to see Murphy on this list, since he frequently rushed the passer. We would also rank Mosley over Skov by a fairly large margin.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA after missing a large portion of the 2011 season.

This is likely the main reason Skov had not been mentioned among postseason all star games. A major knee injury caused Skov to miss all but three games during his junior season, and that injury seemed to carry over into this year, as the senior looked sluggish at times. Still, Skov had a good showing against Notre Dame and could rejuvenate his evaluation with a solid 2013 season.
Source: SFGate
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov hopes to be granted an extra year of eligibility after sitting out a large portion of the 2011 season with a knee injury.

Skov took some time to round back into form, but finished the 2012 regular season on a high note. Still, teams will need to get by his medicals and off field issues that resulted in a suspension. Skov's search for an extra year of eligibility may be telling of where his current evaluation is from NFL teams. According to SI's Tony Pauline, "insiders said Skov looked like he was playing with a "dead leg" at times this year."
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 08:58:00 AM

According to SI's Tony Pauline, many NFL scouts believe a second-round selection of Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov "could be better value" than Notre Dame senior ILB Manti Te'o in the top-12 picks.

After a knee injury in 2011, Skov finally appears back to full health and put on a great performance against Oregon. The senior has sevent tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, on the season. Expect Skov to be a second or early third day selection.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:07:00 PM

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly called Stanford senior ILB Shayne Skov the leader of the Cardinal defense.

"They kind of thrive off of him," Kelly said. "He doesn't look like he’s slowed down, he looks like he did two years ago." The head coach even went on to say other teams have given up on the run because of Skov's play at the line of scrimmage. We doubt Oregon does that on Saturday.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 08:34:00 PM

After a torn ligament in his left knee ended the linebacker's junior campaign after only three games, Stanford senior Shayne Skov's offseason went from bad to worse when he was arrested for a DUI in February.

Cardinal head coach David Shaw wanted to wait until after spring practice to declare a punishment for Skov, but the announcement has yet to be made. Despite the injury and the off field issue, Skov is still drawing first-round expectations by some. Regardless of how healthy Skov returns this season, he will be part of a deep and talented group of linebackers.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 01:31:00 PM