Player: Ryan Shazier
School: The Ohio State University
Call: Jr 2014
Weight: 230 lbs
Great speed, athleticism, and can rush the quarterback off the edge. Ryan Shazier is arguably the most athletic linebacker coming out in this year’s draft. He was recently quoted as saying he can run a 4.35 40 yard dash. It’s anybody’s guess to whether or not he can truly put up that kind of 40 time at the combine, but nonetheless he has elite speed for the linebacker position.
Shazier’s athleticism is going to be a valued asset to any team that is lucky enough to draft him. He absolutely flies around the football field, gathering tackles at an alarming rate. Shazier gathered up 143 tackles this past season at OSU, with 101 of them being solo tackles. He can run down ball carriers from sideline to sideline as good as any defensive player in the draft.
Any linebacker that can come off the edge and makes plays in the backfield is a hot commodity in today’s NFL. Shazier can do just that. He collected six sacks and an impressive 22.5 tackles for loss this past year. The 22.5 tackles for loss doubled the production of his first two seasons at Ohio State, giving him 44.5 for his collegiate career.