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Ryan Shazier | Linebacker

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 222

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Steelers selected Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Shazier (6-foot-1, 237) needed only three seasons in Columbus to total 44.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, with a 2013 first-team All-American berth and first-team All-Big Ten honors as both a sophomore and junior. A transcendent athlete, Shazier tallied a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump at the Combine, before scorching a reported 4.38 forty at Ohio State's Pro Day. Shazier is a finesse linebacker -- not a thumper -- but is rangy enough to cover tailbacks and tight ends, and is a sideline-to-sideline missile in run defense. He's like a bigger, faster Derrick Brooks. Shazier should slot in next to Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4. An aging defense gets a much-needed youth infusion. May 8 - 9:50 PM

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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier "is a good fit" for the Dallas Cowboys.

"As a sidenote, and just a wild guess, but I think Shazier is a good fit for Cowboys at 16," Brandt tweeted. It's interesting to note that Mel Kiper has also projected Ryan Shazier to go to Dallas in his latest mock. The Buckeyes prospect had a pre-daft visit with the Cowboys back in April.
May 8 - 3:18 PM

ESPN.com Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky notes that Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's "name recently has been tied to the Packers."

Green Bay is perhaps searching for an upgrade over Brad Jones at inside linebacker, and Shazier would certainly provide just that. To take Shazier at No. 21, however, the Packers would have to bypass their greatest need in safety help. Calvin Pryor or Jimmie Ward figure to intrigue.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 6:51 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier could challenge for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.

He was asked who could contend outside of Jadeveon Clowney, an important caveat. "I'm going to say Ryan Shazier from Ohio State is a player that could have an immediate impact from this draft class," Jeremiah said on NFL.com's "Mock Draft Weekly". "If he were to land at a place like Denver, where he'll be playing against the pass, his ability to run, blitz, cover will have an immediate impact." The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier ran a 4.36 forty at Ohio State's pro day. "I think you're talking about him from 20 to 32," Jeremiah said. "As the NFL game has evolved into a passing game, Shazier can blitz and he can cover. That's what he does really well and he'll be successful."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 10:38 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell calls Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier an "unbelievable, sudden quick-twitch athlete."

"There's not a lot of guys who play linebacker who can run like this kid," Cosell said. "This kid is incredibly sudden. He's not a powerful kid, but he was willing to take on blocks when necessary." The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier blazed a ludicrous 4.36 forty at Ohio State's pro day. He's not just a straight-line speedster, however, as Cosell suggests; Shazier owns a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. He'll be a nice find in the late first round.
Apr 18 - 1:16 AM

The Steelers hosted Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier, UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt, and Washington State S Deone Bucannon on Thursday.

"The Steelers would be looking at [Shazier] as an inside linebacker," ESPN's Scott Brown passes along, an interesting note as evaluators argue over his best positional fit. Todd McShay, for instance, argued last week that the former Buckeyes star's best spot as a pro is as a 4-3 "Will" linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 237-pounder, coming off a 101 tackle campaign, has tremendous speed. "You could make an argument he’s one of the 10 best football players in this draft based on being a pure, instinctive football player," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said of Shazier. General manager Kevin Colbert will have to pounce in the first if Shazier is the target.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 5:59 PM

Todd McShay said on ESPN's First Draft podcast that Ryan Shazier's best fit as a pro is as a 4-3 "Will" linebacker.

"He's got to get stronger, but he's explosive" McShay said. Because of that wiry, athletic frame, Shazier can get engulfed and pushed backwards, but he can cover ground in a flash. "As he continues to develop his instincts and gets work with professional coaches... I think he's going to continue to get better and better," McShay said. "You don't find many guys that can run the way he can run, that have his athleticism, in a league where you've got to be able to cover, where you have to provide something as a blitzer; he can do both." The analyst added: "Any team that drafts him late in the first is going to be happy if they put him in the right situation." Mel Kiper believes that Shazier could also be an inside 3-4 'backer, and said, similarly to Lavonte David, Shazier will be a good value pick.
Apr 3 - 6:34 PM

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier visited with the Rams on Tuesday and next has a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Bills.

Shazier is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound athletic marvel who posted a ludicrous 4.36 forty at Ohio State's pro day. The Bills and Rams could be interested in investing a second-round selection in the Buckeye product. Mike Mayock's No. 5-rated linebacker won't be around in the third.
Apr 1 - 11:04 PM

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's health regimen includes taking a picture of everything he eats and sending it to his performance trainer.

That's devotion. It's clearly working, as Shazier has transformed his body into a 6-foot-2, 230-pound machine that can somehow transport itself forty yards in 4.36 seconds (his unofficial time at Ohio State's Pro Day). The versatile prospect is Mike Mayock's No. 5-rated linebacker.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 7:44 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock called Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's 4.36 unofficial forty time at Ohio State's pro day "crazy."

"That's crazy for a 237-pound outside linebacker, to have those kind of movement skills and explosion," Mayock said. "The thing he does well -- he's a run-and-chase linebacker. He fits today's NFL. He's great in the pass game, but he's got to do a better job disengaging from blocks." Mayock believes Shazier is probably ticketed for the first round, but won't be shocked if the OSU product slips into the top-half of the second round. Shazier checks in as Mayock's No. 5-rated linebacker.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 9:01 PM

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's 4.36 unofficial forty at Ohio State's Pro Day "would be revised to about 4.48," notes PackerReport.com.

Shazier re-injured his hamstring after the run and was forced out of remaining workouts. It's a little disconcerting that he's been forced out of workouts at the combine and his pro day due to lingering hamstring concerns. Shazier (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) looks plenty athletic on film, which should assuage some concerns.
Mar 7 - 8:05 PM

Ohio State off line of scrimmage LB Ryan Shazier re-injured his hamstring after his first forty, an unofficial 4.36, and will miss the remainder of the school's pro day.

This is upsetting, since Shazier elected not to run his forties at the Combine due to the lingering hamstring issue. The linebacker did produce some explosive measurements in the vertical and broad jump, however, and his athleticism stands out on film. Shazier has great length and closing speed and improved as a blitzer this season. He could be asked to matchup with tight ends in the NFL.
Mar 7 - 10:12 AM

Scouts will head to Ohio State's pro day hoping to ascertain Ryan Shazier's ideal position at the next level.

The event takes place on Friday in Columbus. "Shazier is unquestionably one of the most explosive athletes in the draft, but scouts are still undecided about the Ohio State linebacker's ideal position at the next level," wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks. "Shazier shows exceptional burst as an edge rusher and is an exceptional sideline-to-sideline player from the second level. He runs down ball carriers from the backside yet is instinctive enough to sort out run-pass plays in the backfield and fall back into pass coverage when necessary." The NFL adores versatile players, and Shazier is that. Shazier (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) tweaked his hamstring late last month, so hopefully he's fully healed.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 6:51 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted that Shazier mentioned on Saturday that he had tweaked his hamstring.

"LB Ryan Shazier on Saturday: "I still have to see if I’m going to run. I tweaked my hammy a little bit. I have to see how it feels tomorrow," Brugler tweeted. Shazier might not have ideal size (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) at the next level, but he does makes up for it with length and speed. Shazier is one of the faster linebackers in the nation and runs in the 4.4 range. He'll have another opportunity to run at the Buckeyes Pro Day, which is set for March 7th.
Feb 24 - 5:46 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim noted he is looking for "long, athletic" players who can cover tight ends.

NFL fans have seen a variety of positions used to counteract tight end effectiveness, namely with bigger safeties moving towards the line of scrimmage or fluid linebackers out on the edge. Ohio State's Ryan Shazier might not have the typical linebacker girth, but he has plenty of length and speed.
Feb 20 - 12:33 PM