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Ryan Shazier | Linebacker

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

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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. Apr 10 - 5:59 PM

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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.
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.
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

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'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.
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

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier is not listed among Scouts Inc.'s top-32 prospects.

In terms of off-line of scrimmage linebackers in his category, Alabama's C.J. Mosley is the only one to make the cut, checking in at No. 7. Shazier was given a grade of 86, while running back Carlos Hyde, who is No. 32 on Scouts Inc.'s board, received a score of 88.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:38 PM

Ohio State junior LB Ryan Shazier will enter the NFL draft, according to multiple media outlets.

The decision was expected, as Shazier has played at a high level for quite some time. He projects as a rangy linebacker for teams that covet a three down defender. He might be strictly a weakside player, but Shazier has improved as a blitzer this season and has length to attack blockers.
Jan 5 - 11:49 AM

Ohio State junior LB Ryan Shazier received a second-round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board

Shazier added he is still undecided on the situation. Projections are always a bit conservative, since the board does not want to be the deciding factor that ends in disappointment. Shazier fits as a weakside linebacker but can also stay in on nickel situations as a blitzer or sideline to sideline athlete.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:57:00 PM

One NFL scout believes teams need to consider grading Ohio State junior LB Ryan Shazier over Alabama senior LB CJ Mosley.

"I don't think he's as tough as Lavonte David but he's going to be faster," one scout told Packers beat writer Bob McGinn. "He runs like a deer. You'd have to think about him over Mosley. Mosley's a better player (now) but Shazier could be rare." We think Mosley can play a variety of linebacker spots, but Shazier could be limited to a weakside alignment. Both will stay on the field in sub-packages.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Ohio State junior LB Ryan Shazier is "dead flat in the middle" about whether to return to campus for his senior season.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Shazier said. "If I would say anything, I'm probably leaning toward staying, so I don't know what I'm doing right now. I'm just really focusing on this game right now." Current mock drafts by both draft analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler slot Shazier into the first round. "I'm just going to talk it over with my family and coaches and try to get the best analysis I can so when I do make my decision it'll be the best decision for me," Shazier said.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 07:07:00 PM