Shayne Skov, ILB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 245 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Player Overview

Skov signed with Stanford as a highly regarded recruit and immediately stood out, appearing in 13 games with seven starts in 2009.

He led Stanford with 84 tackles in 2010, but suffered a torn ACL the following season. Skov returned to the field in 2012, but didn't appear to regain his full explosion until the start of his senior year - but what a final season it was.

Easing concerns about his health, Skov started all 14 games, leading a highly instinctive and physical Cardinal defense with 109 tackles, including 13 for loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Best of all, Skov seemed to rise to the occasion in Stanford's biggest games, recording nine tackles (including two for loss) and two forced fumbles against a speedy Oregon offense, a team-high nine tackles (including eight solos) against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game and nine tackles, including three for loss, a sack and a forced fumble against Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Skov's physicality and penchant for the big play will earn him high marks. But a lack of speed could limit him to teams operating out of a traditional 3-4 alignment (like the one in which he starred at Stanford). Further, with the NFL increasingly turning towards the passing game, Skov's role could be limited to just first and second down.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Ideal size and temperament for the inside linebacker position. Possesses broad shoulders, a trim middle and thick lower-body. Terrific instincts and physicality. A tone-setter in the middle, who frequently made big plays at key moments for the Cardinal. Demonstrated more explosiveness in 2013, in his second season removed from a torn ACL. Explodes through holes in the offensive line to make emphatic tackles in the backfield. One of Skov's greatest attributes has always been aggression in taking on and shedding blockers in the hole. Displayed greater patience in 2013 when breaking down with ball-carriers in the open field because he has regained his explosive closing ability. This has led to less lunging by Skov and more secure textbook tackling. Voted a team captain.

WEAKNESSES: Likely limited to inside linebacker duties in a 3-4 alignment due to the fact that he does not possess ideal speed to beat backs to the edge, nor the fluidity for extensive coverage responsibilities. Working to break a bad habit of lunging. Over-aggression caused Skov to take himself out of too many plays early in his career. Torn ACL in 2011, although he showed regained explosion in '13.

COMPARES TO: David Harris, New York Jets - Like the Jets' standout inside linebacker, Skov's value lies with his instincts and physicality, especially as a run-stuffer. He's a fiery competitor who will quickly emerge as a fan favorite, even if his lack of ideal athleticism limits his role.

--Rob Rang

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05/13/2014 - San Francisco 49ers Sign Seven Undrafted Rookie Free Agents: LB Shayne Skov...Played in 54 games (48 starts) for the Cardinal, registering 355 tackles, 40.5 TFLs, 17.0 sacks, 5 FFs, 3 FRs and 13 PDs. As a senior, earned Second-Team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association and third-team accolades from the Associated Press. The First-Team All-Pac-12 selection was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year by Athlon Sports and was the recipient of Stanford's Jim Reynolds Award given to the individual who showed the most leadership on the team in 2013.

Led the team for the third straight season with a career-high 109 tackles, while adding 5.5 sacks, 3 FFs and 2 FRs. In 2012, started all 13 games, leading the team with 81 tackles while earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors. Also earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2010 as well as Honorable Mention Freshman All-American marks by College Football News in 2009. Originally attended Piedmont (CA) HS as a freshman, in 2006, before transferring to Trinity-Pawling (NY) HS for his final three prep seasons. Also lettered in basketball and track and field. Majored in management science and engineering. Born 7/9/90 in San Francisco, CA. - 49ers.com



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