2014 NFL Draft: Steelers get a B+ for picking Ryan Shazier at No. 15

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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NEW YORK -- In his three years at Ohio State, Ryan Shazier was comfortable playing inside linebacker and outside linebacker. Considering he was a defensive end in high school, his versatility -- and the theory that he'd be effective in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defensive scheme -- was one of his most obvious attributes heading into the draft.

An ideal selection, per CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco:

Consider the Steelers, who drafted Shazier with the No. 15 overall pick, sold. And now that Shazier is a member of the Pittsburgh franchise, expect him to compete for a starting spot in the team's 3-4 scheme that's run by Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau.

There's little doubt the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier had impressive workouts in the draft leadup, running a ridiculous 4.36 40 time to go with a 42-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-10-inch broad jump.

Here are some of the fiscal details:

As for the immediate impact Shazier could have on his new team:

"I'm going to say Ryan Shazier from Ohio State is a player that could have an immediate impact from this draft class," NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said recently. " ... As the NFL game has evolved into a passing game, Shazier can blitz and he can cover. That's what he does really well and he'll be successful."

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