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2015 NFL DRAFT

Shayne Skov, ILB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 245 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
12133-4
Player News
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

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford: When healthy, the 49ers may possess the league's most fearsome quartet of linebackers, but the horrific knee injury suffered by Bowman in the NFC Championship game and a gradual leveling of play in recent years from Patrick Willis could make ILB a surprisingly high priority on draft-day. Skov plays with the physicality and instincts to fit into this scheme and obviously Harbaugh would know him well due to their time together on The Farm. What Skov may lack in straight-line speed, he more than makes up for with efficient movement and explosive, timely hitting. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Shayne Skov, Stanford, 6-2, 245, 4.95, 3-4...Although NFLDraftscout.com ratings have Skov outside the top 100, the expectation here is he will go earlier. And this opinion has nothing to do with knowing his agent, Steve Baker, since he was a newcomer working for some other agent back in the 1980s. Skov is a complex person and athlete who showed first-round ability in 2010 before blowing out a knee in 2011. Last year, he finally played back to form as an enforcer with brutally strong hands and a knack at timing blitzes and causing turnovers. What he lacks in graceful agility he makes up for with a rudely abrupt style of play. Frankly: Doubters be damned. Draft him. Pay him. Play him. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Combine-snub Ben Gardner surprise star at Stanford...Prior to the workout, scouts received word that one of Stanford's most well-known defenders - passionate inside linebacker Shayne Skov - would not be participating. He pulled a hamstring on Monday in preparation for the workout. He'll hold a personal Pro Day on April 21. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Linebacker Shayne Skov helps anchor the Stanford defense that has allowed just 18.6 points a game this season and less than 90 yards rushing a game. He has 100 tackles and is much like Bullough in the sense that he gets the Stanford defense in the right position and knows the opposing offense as well as any player on the field. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford...Skov has led Stanford's defense in tackles with 91 so far including a team-best 48 solo efforts. He has 10.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two recoveries to go with four pass breakups. Skov enters play Saturday eighth in Stanford history with 335 career tackles. - Stanford football

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford LB Shayne Skov, a fifth-year senior from Guadalajara, Mexico., led a Stanford defense that stifled the No. 2-ranked Oregon offense en route to a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium. He collected a team-leading nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and added two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as the Cardinal limited a Duck rushing attack that was averaging 331.5 yards a game to just 62 total yards rushing.

Both of Skov's forced fumbles ended Oregon scoring chances, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery inside the five-yard line as the Ducks were looking to pull within seven in the first half. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Myles Jack of UCLA and Jason Whittingham of UTAH; and defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State. - Pac-12 football

10/21/2013 - Skov, Mauro bully Bruins in Stanford's win...In a game billed as a showdown between exciting redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Kevin Hogan, defenses instead stole the spotlight in a Pac-12 battle pitting No. 9 UCLA against No. 13 Stanford. Cardinal inside linebacker Shayne Skov and defensive lineman Josh Mauro personified the physicality of the game with their intense, technically sound play in the Cardinal's 24-10 win. Each has played well this season, steadily rising up draft boards.

Skov, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 inside linebacker, has demonstrated more explosiveness in his second season removed from a torn ACL. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder exploded through gaps in UCLA's offensive line for several emphatic collisions with Bruins backs, resulting in multiple tackles for loss on the day. The physicality was there for Skov a season ago. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/21/2013 - Skov, Mauro bully Bruins in Stanford's win...One of Skov's greatest attributes has always been aggression in taking on and shedding blockers in the hole. This year, however, he has shown greater patience 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. Skov's over-aggression got the better of him early in this contest, however, as he failed to ease up with Hundley firing a pass over him, barreling into the quarterback. Skov's hit wasn't dirty but he did lower his shoulder to brace for the collision, making it an easy call for a Pac-12 officiating crew known for calling games tightly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/01/2013 - As great as Stanford's defense is--and I think the biggest reason why it's even better than last season is the added athleticism (in the secondary and with a healthier/more explosive Shayne Skov)--the Cardinal offense is very underrated. This isn't a tight-end based aerial attack, but the wideouts are huge and surprisingly agile. More importantly, the combination of dual-threat QB Kevin Hogan and a superb O-line can be lethal with that power-running game. More people need to hear about Stanford O-line coach/OC Mike Bloomgren.

His bunch is big, athletic and really, really sharp. On Saturday night, in a rainy, windy setting in Seattle, Bloomgren's line totally neutralized an imposing and active Washington State front. A week earlier when the Cougars notched their first shutout in about a decade, WSU dominated a mediocre Idaho team, piling up 14 TFLs for 66 yards. Against Stanford, WSU only managed two negative plays that yielded just two yards. Oh and that was all without the Cardinal's best lineman, David Yankey. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/24/2013 - 2014 WEEK 4 NFL DRAFT STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford...Skov looked like one of the bright up-and-comers as an underclassman, but in his return from ACL surgery last season, Skov just didn't look the same. He played through pain but it did some damage to his NFL draft stock, bringing him back to Stanford for his senior season. Skov finally looks back to his old self and has been a key cog in the dominating Cardinal defense, specifically the front-seven. He has very good first step quickness as a blitzer and plays extremely fast, showing nonstop effort for all four quarters.

Skov is playing much more patient and confident this season, breaking down with the read/react awareness to put himself in position to make plays on ballcarriers. He is a physical striker, aggressively takes on blocks and making himself known to the offense. Skov has some past durability issues and needs to prove to be reliable off the field, but he plays with swagger and is as smart as a whip. It's good to see him back to his old form. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Stanford run defense: Stanford yielded just 35 yards on the ground against San Jose State, and defending the run is Stanford's strong suit with its talented front seven. The Spartans are mainly a passing team, however, so those number may not give a true indication of the Cardinal's ability against the run this year. Army, which led the nation in rushing the past two seasons, will show how good Stanford is against the run. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP STANFORD PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 5. ILB Shayne Skov (6-3, 244, 4.79)...Skov signed with Stanford as an exceptionally highly regarded prep prospect and it took him little time to live up to his billing. He appeared in all 13 games as a freshman and started the final seven games at Will linebacker, finishing with 63 tackles on the year. He was even more impressive as a sophomore (84 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks), enjoying the best all-around season of his collegiate career, to date.

Skov looked well on his way towards another fantastic campaign in 2011 but suffered a torn ACL in the third game of the season (Arizona). He returned to the field in 2012 and enjoyed a solid season, leading the club with 81 tackles, but frankly, wasn't the dominant performer he had been earlier in his career. Needless to say, scouts are hopeful that the explosiveness he'd shown prior to the knee injury returns now that he's had more time to recover.

Skov is a classic inside linebacker whose lack of ideal lateral agility and straight-line speed may limit him to precisely this role -- as opposed to middle linebacker in the 4-3 alignment -- in the NFL. Skov shows good strength and possesses the bulk necessary to handle taking on blocks. He can be a ferocious tackler, demonstrating an explosiveness upon contact that is sure to make him a fan-favorite but he doesn't break down consistently and can be eluded in tight quarters by quick ball-carriers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Shane Skov, Stanford...Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season's end. From family roots in Guadalajara, Mexico, Skov is firmly rooted as the program's emotional leader. His numbers stack up as well as he totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot in 2012 despite not being 100 percent. - Stanford football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Shayne Skov, Stanford...Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season's end. From family roots in Guadalajara, Mexico, Skov is firmly rooted as the program's emotional leader. His numbers stack up as well as he totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot in 2012 despite not being 100 percent. - Stanford football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Shayne Skov, Stanford...Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season's end. Set to return for his fifth year with the Cardinal, Skov totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot. - Stanford football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Shayne Skov, Stanford, LB...Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season's end. From family roots in Guadalajara, Mexico, Skov is firmly rooted as the program's emotional leader. His numbers stack up as well as he totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot in 2012 despite not being 100 percent. - Stanford football

 
Player News
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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