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Ryan Shazier | Linebacker

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 237
College: Ohio State
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Steelers signed No. 15 overall pick ILB Ryan Shazier to a four-year contract.
Shazier is currently ticketed for weak-inside linebacker, pushing Lawrence Timmons into more of a pre-snap movement role. A transcendent athlete, Shazier tallied a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump at the Combine, before scorching a 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 could be an IDP stud. Jun 5 - 5:42 PM

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First-round ILB Ryan Shazier is running with the first-team defense at OTAs.

The Steelers traditionally make their rookies sit and learn before thrusting them into the starting lineup. (Their last rookie to start on defense in Week 1 was ILB Kendrell Bell in 2001.) They can no longer afford that luxury as the defense has been thinned out. The speedy Shazier will line up at weak-side inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons, and be expected to make an instant impact.
May 28 - 7:24 AM

The Steelers will use No. 15 overall pick Ryan Shazier at "Mack" inside linebacker, which is historically Lawrence Timmons' position.

Mack is the weak-side position. Timmons may wind up moving around more, seeing snaps at outside linebacker and perhaps even lining up with his hand in the dirt as a "movable chess piece" playmaker. The Steelers were intent on adding speed in the first round, and Shazier runs 4.38. "As the offenses continue to spread out you need speed," GM Kevin Colbert explained. "You need speed at your linebacker, you need speed at secondary, you need speed everywhere."
May 9 - 4:08 PM

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 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 'backer in the Steelers' 3-4. An aging defense has gotten a much-needed youth infusion this spring.
May 8 - 9:47 PM

A source told Packer Report that Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier is unlikely to fall past the Dolphins at No. 19 overall.

Shazier has been a late riser after running a 4.37 forty at the Buckeyes' Pro Day, and recording mind-bogglingly explosive jumps of 42" in the vertical and 10-foot-10 in the broad. The Fins have been searching for linebacker help since whiffing on D'Qwell Jackson in free agency. Shazier could play either middle or weak-side 'backer in Miami, with Philip Wheeler losing his starting job.
May 7 - 9:05 PM

After watching Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's college tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell stated on the Ross Tucker Podcast that Shazier is an "unbelievable, sudden quick-twitch athlete."

It shows up in Shazier's measurables, as he ran in the 4.3s at Ohio State's Pro Day, with a scintillating 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. "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." Cosell did express some concern about Shazier's read-and-react timing. We expect Shazier to be a late first-round pick. You can listen to the full Cosell-Tucker podcast at the link below.
Apr 18 - 12:07 AM

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier clocked a sub-4.4 forty time at the Buckeyes' Pro Day.

This is in addition to Shazier's highly explosive 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump at the Combine. Shazier is a tick over 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds with striking and coverage skills. He's a likely top-40 draft pick.
Mar 7 - 11:52 AM