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Ryan Shazier, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Plantation, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 237 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2431

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---25 4210'10"4.216.91
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.382.581.56- ----

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    The Bengals' re-signing of Vincent Rey offsets the release of James Harrison but Cincinnati could still be on the look-out for versatile linebackers equally capable of attacking quarterbacks or dropping back into coverage. Shazier's instincts, speed and explosive hitting make him an intriguing fit on a defense that prides itself on physicality.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    The Cardinals defense was one of the better units in the league, but need to get younger at outside linebacker. Shazier has shown the versatility to be effective dropping in space (122 tackles this season) or rushing the passer and making stops in the backfield (22.5 tackles for loss).
  • Green Bay Packers | #21
    Where is the speed on that defense? Shazier has it.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    The in-state linebacker has speed, production and is a three-down player. He can play WLB on run downs, Mike in the nickel and he has pass rush skills. Cincinnati would be lucky if he's still on the board.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Rangy athlete with terrific closing acceleration and burst. Explosive first step as a blitzer to force the QB from his spot. Very good bend off the edge with momentum to fight through blocks and disrupt the pocket. Flexible ankles and flattens easily.

Uses his length well at the point of attack with good take-on strength to deliver a pop, filling hard vs. the run. Eyes are always elevated with good ball vision and anticipation. Breaks down well on the move and gets low, showing clear improvement with his tackling technique.

Smart and puts himself in correct position to make plays. Sniffs out the ball and almost always finishes when he's in the area. Never quits working to the ball and relentless in pursuit.

Team leader and uplifting teammate with strong personal and football character. Versatile skill-set to drop in coverage, blitz and cover both sidelines. Very productive career with back-to-back seasons with 115-plus tackles, including a conference-best 143 stops in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Lean frame and lacks elite bulk. Doesn't have the body type to get too much bigger. Needs to continue to get stronger to better shed at the point of attack. Too easily engulfed when attacking the line of scrimmage.

Sometimes content throwing his shoulder and not wrapping up. Overaggressive at times in coverage and needs patient and alert. Will lose track of his assignment in man.

Needs to stay disciplined and tidy up his timing to avoid late hits and unnecessary flags. Needs to keep his composure and keep his emotions in check. History of minor injuries that have caused him to miss playing time.

Compares To: Lavonte David, Buccaneers - While he's not quite as refined or tough as David, Shazier has a similar body type and movement skills to cover a large area and be a ultra-productive tackler at the next level.

--Dane Brugler (2/11/14)

Player Overview

A high school defensive end, Shazier was recruited at linebacker and had scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida and LSU, but decided to go north and committed to Ohio State.

He steadily earned more playing time as a true freshman, eventually starting the final three games. Shazier tallied back-to-back seasons with 115-plus tackles as a sophomore and junior, combining for 44.5 tackles for loss over his career and earning multiple All-Big Ten honors.

He played inside and outside in Columbus and has the versatile skill-set to fill various roles. He was loved by the Buckeyes coaching staff because of his team-first approach.

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.

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Player News
04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: *Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, 6-1, 237, 4.58, 1-2...Former prep sensation as defensive end, played both inside and outside linebacker for Buckeyes and is the ultimate team-first player, although not a vocal leader. Rangy athlete with a combination of excellent instinct, explosive first step and stunning closing burst. His 101 tackles in 2013 ranks behind only Tom Cousineau (142) and Chris Spielman (105) at OSU. Frankly: Other than being a bit lean and stiff, Shazier comes with everything it takes to be a consistent impact player in the NFL, including above-average instincts and quickness that helps him look like a natural. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
 

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