Ryan Shazier: Pittsburgh Steelers' NFL Draft Profile

Ryan Shazier: Pittsburgh Steelers' NFL Draft Profile
May 8, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Ryan Shazier (OLB), Ohio State

6'1" | 237 lbs.

2013 stats:

114 tackles, 23.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 4 FF


1st round, 15th overall (Pittsburgh Steelers)

What scouts are saying:

"Long and lean. Projects to weakside linebacker. His speed to the edge is excellent. There are some wasted movements when working the backside, but once the target and ally are located he gets there in a hurry. Zone drops are smooth. Asked to blitz from inside and on the edge. Takes tight angles into the backfield on edge runs." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)

"Shazier has instant acceleration and explosive closing burst, using outstanding edge speed and timing to disrupt the pocket. He lacks natural power to disengage blocks and needs to develop his discipline, but Shazier is a scheme diverse player who projects as a three-down weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 or as an edge rusher in a 3-4 base." (CBSSports.com)

"The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field, and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Shazier has plenty of inconsistencies in his game that coaches and scouts will factor into their evaluation of him. Things like inability to shed blocks, inconsistency in coverage, and his overall raw technique at the position. However, his first step quickness and athletic ability are second to none at his position and from a physical stand point he possesses all the ideal traits from a weak-side linebacker. ... Scouts will be drooling over the different ways to use his tools and the weapon he could ultimately turn into." (Luke Inman, eDraft)

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