2015 NFL DRAFT

Ryan Shazier, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Plantation, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 237 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...Colbert acknowledged they may have had bigger needs elsewhere, but just could not pass up a playmaker like Shazier, Ohio State's most dominant defender. "He's a defensive playmaker," mike Tomlin said. "Bigger than anything, bigger than position needs, what we needed was a defensive playmaker." The Steelers have just three starters left from their 2012 defense - Timmons, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu. They have weeded out everybody else over the course of the past two seasons that made them such great defenses and helped deliver Lombardi Trophies. Among the departed: Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley.

Old and slow is how Warren Sapp called that aging defense three years ago. Shazier is now the second straight linebacker they've taken in the first round. Jarvis Jones, selected with the 17th pick in 2013, started at right outside linebacker as a rookie. Shazier, Jones, Timmons and Jason Worilds give the Steelers a starting quartet of linebackes with speed and explosiveness as they try to rediscover the Blitzburgh formula. "He is a guy who will be on his feet making sideline-to-sideline tackles associated with today's football," Tomlins said of his newest rookie. "Quite frankly, the man doesn't have any holes." Yet after passing up cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line Thursday night, the Steelers still have many. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 1/15 - Ryan Shazier, ILB, 6-1, 237, Ohio State...Steelers bypassed more obvious needs at CB, WR to take what they believe to be a dominant playmaker with lightning quickness and 4.36 speed. He eventually will be a three-down linebacker, playing in all of their sub packages. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...With cornerback and wide receiver their apparent biggest needs, the Pittsburgh Steelers went elsewhere in the first round of the draft and for good reason, according to their general manager. With the 15th pick of the draft, they took the fastest linebacker available, Ryan Shazier of Ohio State, with the idea he will boost a defense desperate for speed and big plays. "This guy can flat-out run," said Colbert about the 6-1, 237-pounder who timed at 4.36 at Ohio State's Pro Day. "The offenses continue to spread out and you need speed. You need speed at linebacker, your secondary; you need speed everywhere. This kid has unique ability to make plays not only at him, but plays laterally as well."

The Steelers have come up woefully short doing that the past few seasons. Not long ago one of the most feared defenses in the NFL, the Steelers fell off sharply in 2012 and 2013 in both sacks and forced turnovers. They also slipped from No. 1 in yards allowed in 2012 to No. 13 in the NFL last season. The Steelers plan to put him at the mack linebacker position next to Lawrence Timmons, their first-round pick in 2007, and it should not take him long to start. Last year's starter was rookie sixth-round pick Vince Williams. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 19/3. *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State, 6-1, 237, 4.38, 1...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, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 25. Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio State (6-1, 2367 4.58, JR)...One of the few bright spots on an inconsistent Ohio State defense, Shazier finished his 2013 season with 143 total tackles and 22.5 tackles for loss. He lacks ideal bulk and has some discipline issues, but his blend of explosive quickness and initial strength is awesome. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Denver Broncos...LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: Cornerback could be tempting, but if Shazier is on the board, the Broncos can stop the revolving door at middle linebacker and also find an every-down linebacker as a complement to Danny Trevathan on the weak side. Shazier would provide a boost of speed and power that the unit craves. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Denver Broncos' draft radar: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: While the hole at guard may be literally bigger than at linebacker, this is clearly the largest concern on the defensive side of the ball. A traditional inside linebacker to replace free agent defection Wesley Woodyward (Titans) might be the ticket but should an instinctive, explosive athlete like Ryan Shazier still be on the board in the first round, he'd certainly make sense, as well. Any team looking for an infusion of physicality could be especially intrigued by Shazier, who ranks among the more fearless defenders in the 2014 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 33. *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State, 6-2, 230, 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. Rangy athlete with explosive first step and stunning closing burst. His 101 tackles in 2013 ranks behind only Tom Cousineau (142), Chris Spielman (105). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/06/2014 - Ryan Shazier to bypass senior year and enter NFL Draft...The All-American linebacker concluded career with 315 tackles and 44.5 TFLs...Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to forego his senior season with the Buckeyes in 2014 in order to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," said Shazier, a 29-game starter for the Buckeyes who has led the team in tackles for the past two seasons. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me." "The coaches have really helped me to grow into the player I am today," Shazier said. "Coach Meyer, Coach Fickell and all of the coaches at Ohio State have been amazing. I have great relationships with them and I feel as if all of them have been there for me. I am so blessed to have had them as my coaches."

His 143 tackles this season rank sixth nationally and in a tie for 13th on the Ohio State single season charts. Included was a 20-tackle game vs. Indiana in which he tied school records for solo tackles (16) and tackles-for-loss (5). Shazier also had 101 solo tackles this season to rank third nationally. It was the third-highest total in school history behind Tom Cousineau's 142 in 1978 and Chris Spielman's 105 in 1986. His 315 career tackles rank 14th in school history. Additionally, Shazier's 22.5 tackles-for-loss this year rank third at Ohio State (and third nationally) and his 44.5 career TFLs rank sixth all-time at Ohio State. - Ohio State football

01/05/2014 - Ohio State LB Shazier to enter draft...Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Saturday night, while quarterback Braxton Miller is reportedly staying put for his senior season. Shazier, a junior, led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of the past two seasons. He is projected as a possible first-round pick. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," Shazier said in a statement. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me."

Shazier led the Big Ten with 134 tackles, 22.5 for loss, before the Orange Bowl. Ohio State lost to Clemson 40-35 Friday. Shazier is ranked the top outside linebacker and 18th overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Miller, the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, decided to stay in school another year, according to multiple media reports. Miller indicated before the Orange Bowl that he may declare for the draft, but reportedly decided not to make the jump just yet. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Miller the 12th-best quarterback and a projected fifth-rounder. He threw for 2,094 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year. He also rushed for 1,068 yards with 12 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

01/05/2014 - Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to give up his senior season to make himself available for the NFL draft. In a statement released by Ohio State, the first-team All-American said he just felt the timing was right. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," said Shazier, a 29-game starter for the Buckeyes. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me." A 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he led the Buckeyes in tackles each of the last two seasons. His 143 tackles this season rank sixth nationally and in a tie for 13th on the Ohio State single-season charts. His 22.5 tackles for a loss this year rank third nationally.

The Buckeyes won 24 games in a row the last two seasons before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game and to Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Friday night. "I feel like my three years at Ohio State were about great relationships with coaches, my teammates and Buckeye Nation," Shazier said. "Playing here was an amazing experience. It is really hard to explain the brotherhood I have with my teammates. They took care of me and were always there for me and I feel like we will be brothers for the rest of our lives." - AP Sports

01/03/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Ryan Shazier led Ohio State in tackles with 134 this season and was a finalist for the Butkus Award. He's a throwback type of linebacker fierce, hard-hitting and instinctual and a leader by example on the Buckeyes' rugged run defense. If Clemson can't get him blocked in the Orange Bowl, it's doubtful that the Tigers' Roderick McDowell will find much daylight. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier said his NFL decision could go either way, with maybe a lean toward staying for the moment...There are two major NFL decisions to be made by Ohio State Buckeyes. Quarterback Braxton Miller said he is thinking over his choices. Linebacker Ryan Shazier, speaking to reporters Friday, said he his in between about his future, though maybe leaning toward returning as a senior. Frankly, that seems like it may he a hard thing for Shazier to do, since many draft analysts project him as a first-round pick. He was named a first-team All-American by USA Today this week after leading the Big Ten in tackles this season. "Right now I'm dead flat in the middle," Shazier said, as a few Ohio State players met with reporters on Friday for the first time since the Buckeyes' 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. "I don't know what I'm going to do. If I would say anything, I'm probably leaning toward staying, so I don't know what I'm doing right now. I'm just really focusing on this game right now."

The Buckeyes said they were getting over the sting of that loss as returned for their first bowl practice on Thursday. Shazier said falling short of the national title game after the Buckeyes' 24-game win streak was snapped won't play into his decision either way. It will be what's best for his family and his team. "I'm just going to talk it over with my family and coaches and try to get the best analysis I can so when I do make my decision it'll be the best decision for me," Shazier said. - Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, 6-2 230, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, FL...A two-time all-Big Ten Conference linebacker, Shazier led the conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 tackles-for-loss, totals that rank fifth and third nationally, respectively. Shazier was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week and he was named a finalist for the Butkus Award and a semifinalist for the Lott Impact Trophy and the Bednarik Award.

Three times this season he was named the Big Ten's defensive player of the week, tying a conference mark for defensive players, and he has also tied the Big Ten record with five total defensive player of the week honors. His big games included 20 tackles against Indiana, a total that included school-record tying totals of 16 solo tackles and five tackles-for-loss. He had 16 tackles vs. Illinois with 3.5 TFLs and 14 vs. Michigan.

Shazier, from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School, also has six quarterback hurries, four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles this season. His 22.5 TFLs this season is the third-highest total in school history, trailing only Mike Vrabel's 26 in 1995 and Andy Katzenmoyer's 23 in 1996. - Ohio State football

12/08/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier shine in title game...Shazier unofficially recorded a team-high 12 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a blocked punt in the fourth quarter that seemed to give his Buckeyes the opportunity to take the roller-coaster game back. The Spartans jumped out to a 17 point lead only to surrender the next 24 unanswered to the Buckeyes. Shazier's blocked punt came with the Spartans clinging to just a three-point lead with half of the final quarter yet to play.

Shazier's block typified the frenzied pace with which the 6-foot-2, 230 pound plays the game. On the play Shazier exploded into and through a much stouter Michigan State blocker, simply willing the block to occur. It is this type of anticipation and explosiveness which has made Shazier a star for the Buckeyes. His speed to the flanks and willingness to shoot gaps made him Ohio State's most impressive performer on the big stage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/08/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier shine in title game...On a day in which offenses largely ruled conference championship games, the Big Ten reminded college football fans that instinctive, physical defense is still being played somewhere. Unfortunately for Ohio State, their loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night assures that their talented defense won't get the opportunity to slow down Florida State's dynamic offense in the BCS Title Game.

As disappointing as Saturday night's loss must be for the Buckeyes, the play of junior linebacker Ryan Shazier deserves acknowledgement. For the victorious Spartans -- on their way to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl for the first time in 26 years -- senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard showed off the that form that has earned him the top spot among cornerbacks on my Big Board for months. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Linebacker...Shazier, a finalist for the Butkus Award and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, leads the Big Ten with 122 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. The junior linebacker has 50 tackles in his last three games, including 16 at Illinois, a career-high 20 against Indiana and 14 at Michigan. - Ohio State football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Linebacker...Shazier, a finalist for the Butkus Award and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, leads the Big Ten with 122 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. The junior linebacker has 50 tackles in his last three games, including 16 at Illinois, a career-high 20 against Indiana and 14 at Michigan. - Ohio State football

12/01/2013 - Florida State No. 1, Ohio State No. 2 in BCS standings...Florida State moved up to No. 1 in the BCS standings released Sunday, but the more significant news is that unbeaten Ohio State holds a slim lead over Auburn for the No. 2 spot. The Seminoles advanced to the top spot for the first time this season after Alabama, which had held the No. 1 spot all season long, was upset by Auburn 34-28 on Saturday. That victory moved the Tigers (11-1) up to No. 3 in all three components of the BCS formula - the USA Today coaches poll, the Harris poll and the BCS computers. But it was not enough to push Auburn above No. 2 Ohio State, whose BCS average of .9503 gives it a slight edge over Auburn, whose BCS average is .9233.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings, which will be released next Sunday, will play in the Jan. 6 BCS national championship game in Pasadena. Three key games next weekend will play a role in determining which two teams end up on top. Ohio State faces No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. Auburn plays in the Southeastern Conference championship game against Missouri, which is 11-1 and No. 5 in this week's BCS rankings. And Florida State faces No. 20 Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. The results of those games, and how impressive the teams look in those games, will influence how the final BCS standings look. It may be possible for the SEC title-game winner to move past Ohio State into the No. 2 spot even if the Buckeyes win and stay unbeaten. - The Sports Xchange

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 NCAA NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: A week after totaling a career-high 16 tackles, Ryan Shazier set a career best with 20 tackles, including 10 solo stops. The last Buckeye with 20 tackles in a game was AJ Hawk vs. Wisconsin in 2004. Shazier's five tackles for loss tied the school record set four times before with the last being John Simon against Nebraska in 2012. - NCAA.com

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 CBSSPORTS.COM NATIONAL CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier...Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier shares the award this week after a stunning 20-tackle performance in the 42-14 win against Indiana. The junior linebacker set a school record with 16 solo tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss, while becoming the first Buckeye with 20 tackles since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Shazier also added a sack, forced fumble and pass breakup to the stat line. - CBSSports.com

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Jr., LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation...Achieved a pair of program records against Indiana, recording 16 solo tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss in the victory...Finished the day with a career-best 20 tackles, which included a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup...Became the first Buckeye with 20 tackles since A.J. Hawk in 2004, matched the 16 solo stops set by Tom Cousineau in 1978 and tied the 5.0 TFLs held by four other Buckeyes, achieved most recently by John Simon in 2012...Tied the Big Ten record for most career Defensive Player of the Week honors (five) and most in a single season (three)...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Nov. 18, 2013). - Big Ten football

11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Jr., LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation...Recorded a career-high 16 tackles that included 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes' road win at Illinois...Forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to an Illinois safety to give the Buckeyes a 37-21 advantage...Leads the conference and ranks among the top 15 in the nation with 1.45 tackles per loss a contest...Claims his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Sept. 16, 2013). - Big Ten football

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 10. (tie) Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB: The 6-2, 230-pound junior was the one sure thing in the Buckeyes front seven going into the season, and he's more than done his share as the Buckeyes resident defensive star. Shazier leads OSU by a big margin in tackles with 73. He also has 12 TFLs and two forced fumbles. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Jr., LB, Plantation, Fla./Plantation,...Led the Buckeye defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in Ohio State's road win against California...Was part of an Ohio State defense that held the California passing offense, which was ranked first in the nation entering the weekend, to 100 yards below its season average...Also forced a fumble and recorded a sack...Claims his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: John Simon (Nov. 19, 2012). - Big Ten football

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 21. Ryan Shazier*, OLB, Ohio State (6-2, 226): Shazier might be 10-15 pounds lighter than scouts would prefer but his instincts, speed and bone-jarring hits make him a fearful defender that offenses must account for on every snap. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - It's a given that players cramp up on a hot day early in the season. The thing that bugged Ohio State coach Urban Meyer the most was only his players seemed to have a problem on Saturday. "It's a concern, yeah, it's a concern," Meyer said after Saturday's 40-20 victory over Buffalo in which several Buckeyes had to leave the game because of leg cramps. "I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration. "I'm not sure if Buffalo cramped. That's the thing that I keep asking myself."

QB Braxton Miller had to leave the game twice when he came up lame due to cramps. LB Ryan Shazier, sort of the QB of the defense, was sidelined for most of the middle two quarters for the same reason. Same thing with WR Evan Spencer, another key player for the Buckeyes. "It felt like it went into overtime - that's how my body feels," Miller said. "Going full-go for four quarters is tough." Shazier was perplexed by his physical problems. "Us cramping, that's not really acceptable," he said. "We're supposed to be having our bodies ready for the game. I don't feel like I hydrated enough." - AP Sports

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 21. OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (6-2, 226, 4.58)* -- Shazier may be 10-15 pounds lighter than scouts would prefer but his instincts, speed and bone-jarring hits make him a fearful defender that offenses must account for on every snap. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/22/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: LB Ryan Shazier - At a school where the names Laurinaitis, Hawk, Katzenmoyer, Cousineau, Gradishar and Spielman lead the alumni club at linebacker, it is tough to get noticed, but Shazier is apparently pressing for membership in that elite circle. He should use this season to forge his own legacy at Ohio State, and have the NFL scouts salivating by the time the next draft rolls around. The preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year for 2013, Shazier had 115 stops last season, second-best in the Big Ten. He has the speed to track down offensive backs, and has added strength with an off-season program that is reminiscent of the routines that made Laurinaitis a legend in the weight room. - The Sports Xchange

08/21/2013 - Scouts Roundtable: Who are the top Big Ten prospects? Scout B: I spend a lot of time in Columbus each year and I REALLY like Shazier. He's a beast, plain and simple. Few years back, I was observing a different Buckeye backer (Etienne Sabino) at practice because he received high grades by a few scouting services. But as I was watching him, I was blown away by this athletic linebacker performing bag drills next to him. I asked a young OSU coach what his story was and I found out it was a true frosh by the name of Shazier. He looked 200 pounds soaking wet but his closing burst and active nature was jaw-dropping. Kid's a third year junior now and I think the secret's out. He's got a killer motor, team-first "tude" and the athletic traits to play sideline-to-sideline. I see a mix of Daryl Washington and Lavonte David, two second round guys. I can't see teams making the same mistake with Ryan and letting him fall that far. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB Ryan Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles for losses and was second in the conference with 115 total tackles. Shazier had six games with 10-plus tackles. He had game-changing plays against Penn State and Wisconsin. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - TOP OHIO STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. OLB Ryan Shazier (6-2, 226, 4.63)*...Simply one of my favorite players to break down on tape, Shazier is an easy prospect to appreciate with his play speed and aggressive nature to blow up blocks and chase down the ballcarrier. A Florida native, he appeared destined for Gainesville to be a Gator, but Ohio State swayed him to move north to be a Buckeye. After a promising freshman season in 2011, Shazier was arguably Ohio State's top defender last season as a sophomore, leading the team with 115 tackles (45 more stops than the Buckeyes' second-leading tackler). He has an explosive first step with instant acceleration, playing with the range to cover both sidelines and make stops in the backfield, also leading the team in tackles for loss (17) last year. Some might be turned off by his lack of ideal size and strength, but Shazier shows better take-on toughness than many linebackers bigger than him.

He is instinctive with excellent field vision and recognition skills, rarely making mistakes, but he does have room to get stronger and improve his awareness in pass coverage. A smart, goal-oriented linebacker, Shazier has a good head on his shoulders and is fueled by his football passion and desire to be the best. If he continues to grow and takes another step forward as a junior in 2013, Shazier could join Roby as a top-20 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State... Shazier is coming off back-to-back superb seasons for the Buckeyes and his efforts, highlighted by the fact he ranked among the Big Ten's Top 10 in five different defensive stat categories in 2012, have this true junior positioned as a linebacker to watch nationally in 2013. - Ohio State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State...Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles-for-loss (the total ranks 10th for a single season at Ohio State) and finished second in the league with 115 total tackles in 2012... he also ranked in a tie for fourth in the conference in forced fumbles (3), seventh in quarterback sacks (5.0) and eighth in passes defended (12). - Ohio State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State...Shazier is coming off back-to-back superb seasons for the Buckeyes and his efforts, highlighted by the fact he ranked among the Big Ten's Top 10 in five different defensive stat categories in 2012, have this true junior positioned as a linebacker to watch nationally in 2013 ... an honorable mention All-America by SI.com and a first-team (media) all-Big Ten Conference honoree in 2012, Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles-for-loss (the total ranks 10th for a single season at Ohio State) and finished second in the league with 115 total tackles ... he also ranked in a tie for fourth in the conference in forced fumbles (3), seventh in quarterback sacks (5.0) and eighth in passes defended (12) ... he became the first Buckeye sophomore since James Laurinaitis in 2006 to top 100 tackles in a season, and his 70 solo tackles last year was the most by a Buckeye in 10 years (Matt Wilhelm had 79 in 2002). - Ohio State football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB...Shazier is coming off back-to-back superb seasons for the Buckeyes and his efforts, highlighted by the fact he ranked among the Big Ten's Top 10 in five different defensive stat categories in 2012, have this true junior positioned as a linebacker to watch nationally in 2013. A first-team (media) all-Big Ten Conference honoree in 2012, Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles-for-loss (the total ranks 10th for a single season at Ohio State) and finished second in the league with 115 total tackles. He also ranked in a tie for fourth in the conference in forced fumbles (3), seventh in quarterback sacks (5.0) and eighth in passes defended (12). Shazier became the first Buckeye sophomore since James Laurinaitis in 2006 to top 100 tackles in a season, and his 70 solo tackles last year was the most by a Buckeye in 10 years. - Ohio State football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State...Shazier, named all-Big Ten by voting media, had a breakout season from his linebacker spot, leading the Big Ten in TFL with 17 while finishing second with 115 total tackles. He also ranked in a tie for fourth in forced fumbles (3), seventh in sacks (5.0) and eighth in passes defended (12). - Ohio State football

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State...Shazier, arguably, was the top linebacker in the Big Ten at season's end. The junior was among the conference's Top 10 in five categories, including leading the league with 17 tackles-for loss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten. - Ohio State football

 
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05/12/2014 - Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...Colbert acknowledged they may have had bigger needs elsewhere, but just could not pass up a playmaker like Shazier, Ohio State's most dominant defender. "He's a defensive playmaker," mike Tomlin said. "Bigger than anything, bigger than position needs, what we needed was a defensive playmaker." The Steelers have just three starters left from their 2012 defense - Timmons, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu. They have weeded out everybody else over the course of the past two seasons that made them such great defenses and helped deliver Lombardi Trophies. Among the departed: Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley.

Old and slow is how Warren Sapp called that aging defense three years ago. Shazier is now the second straight linebacker they've taken in the first round. Jarvis Jones, selected with the 17th pick in 2013, started at right outside linebacker as a rookie. Shazier, Jones, Timmons and Jason Worilds give the Steelers a starting quartet of linebackes with speed and explosiveness as they try to rediscover the Blitzburgh formula. "He is a guy who will be on his feet making sideline-to-sideline tackles associated with today's football," Tomlins said of his newest rookie. "Quite frankly, the man doesn't have any holes." Yet after passing up cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line Thursday night, the Steelers still have many. - The Sports Xchange

 

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