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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier To Have Pre Draft Visit With Steelers


The pre draft visits are in full swing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and now we can add another Ohio State player to list of those scheduled to come to the Southside.

On Monday, Fox Sports 1 reporter Alex Marvez reported that Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier will make his way to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit this month.

At his March Pro Day, Shazier reportedly ran a  4.36 (unofficial) 40-yard dash after being unable to run at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine because of a hamstring injury. Also at the combine, Shazier measured in 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds and had a vertical jump of 42″ and a 10’10″ broad jump.

In 2013, Shazier had 23.5 tackles for loss and 144 total tackles to go along with seven sacks. Many view him as a first-round prospect that could slip into the second round.

Earlier in the week, Shazier’s teammate, cornerback Bradley Roby, also announced that he would be coming to Pittsburgh for a pre draft visit as well. I am sure defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is making sure these players from his alma mater are taken well care of.

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  • harding36

    This is one of my favorite players in the draft. Extremely underrated right now, in my opinion.

  • srdan

    A 4.36s linebacker? Thats crazy.

  • steeltown

    This kid is an athletic specimen, crazy upside with his player, but im not sure where he would fit in our 3-4 defense..

  • harding36

    That’s the problem. He might be too small to play inside, but Farrior and Foote were never really big guys. His best position is probably OLB in a 4-3. But even in a 3-4, he’s a 3 down player who could probably move inside on 3rd down. Given Tomlin’s comment about sub package football, the Steelers’ interest in Shazier makes perfect sense. But, yeah, not at 1.15 and no way he is there in the 2nd.

  • Jay

    For his size and speed I would consider moving him to safety!

  • Kysteeler

    Why do you say that he might not be a fit?

  • steeltown

    Because he’s a 235lb OLB, he would get engulfed at the line of scrimmage by Tackles in our 3-4 system. I guess maybe if he was used as an ILB /Nickel backer/ Safety hybrid, which is exactly my point. I like the player, just not sure what his role would be..

  • patrick Mayfield

    Farrior played at ~225 in his last years. Size of dog in fight vs size of fight in the dog… Also Smith-Hampton-Keisel keeping him clean.

  • steeltown

    Yea so you’re saying you’d slide Shazier to ILB

    He just seems like a 4-3 weak-side linebacker to me and he will probably end up being a stud

  • Kysteeler

    Oh ok, I would agree that he would be a bit on the small side to play OLB. However, I think he could be a ILB for us, he’s basically the same size as Timmons when he came out.

  • patrick Mayfield

    yes – edited my comment to clarify

  • Douglas Andrews

    6’1″ 237 running a 4.3 40 sounds like he’s playing the wrong position.

  • shawn

    def like his stats on all counts … very impressive .. haven’t seen a lick of his play yet, but will check it out !

  • Jason

    You are dead on.I watched every Buckeye game last season and he struggles getting off blocks. If he could make the adjustment to safety he’d be a beast. Too early at 15 and won’t be there at 46

  • Jason

    Very accurate points. He got engulfed at the college level so imagine the next level. He is very good in space and it seems logical he could be a Kam Chancellor type safety. Shazier is a couple inches shorter but at 6’1 still plenty tall for the position and Chancellor ran a 4.6.

  • cp72

    I think this is where the game is going. Instead of monsters like Levon Kirkland at inside backer teams are going with smaller quicker guys (Navarro Bowman). Ray Lewis dropped 30 lbs at the end of his career. He made a statement to the effect that teams don’t have Jerome Bettis running the ball 25 or 30 times a game anymore.

    I live in Big Ten country and watched OSU play half dozen times. This kid flashes and hits like a hammer. I do agree he’d get washed out in the running game on the outside, but could be a beast in the middle.

  • steeltown

    True in a lot of cases.. yet another reason why I love the potential of our rushing attack with Bell and Blount

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Jay, you may have the best comment of the day.

    If there is any team in this league who can create a spot for a hybrid SS/LB its the Pittsburgh Steelers. More and more we see LeBeau favoring packages that essentially put 3 safeties on the field, with one of them free to roam the box more like a LB.

    We tried to do it with Spence. We’re trying to do it with Shamarko. But I don’t know that either fit the spot the way Shazier could. Keep Mitchell at FS, Shamarko at SS (with some flex CB possibilities) and Shazier as an extra SS (with some flex LB responsibilities).

    It’s a very interesting idea.

  • dkoy85

    Agree passionately 100%. If Wheaton takes the Antonio Brown second year leap- or at least replicates Sanders production- and they draft a tall WR, this offense will be on a whole new level. Bell and Blount can pound it all day long, as long as the D does its part, and when they stack the box on us its time for Ben to take over. I’d love to see them use Johnson in the lassing game more.

  • lefnor

    Just look at the pro day photos, his upper body is terrifying :).
    His technique and instincts are not as good as Mosely’s, but he is a human torpedo. And his character and demeanor are also like Deebo’s.
    He would be the James Harrison of the ILB position. I would like this pick in the second round.

  • steeltown

    W.Johnson is the xfactor I think, being a FB/TE, if they can get him more involved it would be great. He can outrun LBs and he’s a handful for smaller CBs

  • 243546

    He was too small at his college weight. Right now, he’s bigger than Timmons was when the Steelers drafted him.

  • 243546

    Lawrence Timmons was a 234 OLB.

  • 243546

    He’s a bigger, faster, more productive version of Lawrence Timmons. Shazier can play ILB for the Steelers.

  • 243546

    He also added 17 lbs in less than 3 months, while maintaining his speed. That shows a guy who’s willing to put in work. Timmons and Shazier coming on a cross fire zone blitz would be a thing of beauty.

  • 243546

    He’s in the perfect position. Shazier is a LB, who just happens to be very fast. If you watch his tape against Wisconsin, there’s a play where Shazier is just standing in the flats, as if he’s sitting back in zone coverage. A second later, he takes off, and closes the distance between him and the QB in no time, and gets the sack before the QB even knows he’s coming. That’s the type of stuff you can’t teach.

  • steeltown

    Yea but he doesn’t excel as one in our 3-4 defense

  • 243546

    He also played with an inexperienced D line, who couldn’t handle their assignments. Some time in the film room, and a little technique work, and Shazier will be a monster. He’s only 21, so there’s a lot of room for improvement.

  • steeltown

    Yes of course he would have to, but it doesn’t appear he is equipped to play BUCK he seems more like a MACK LB which is Timmons position

  • steeltown

    Doubt he falls anywhere near our 2nd Rd pick

  • 243546

    When was the last time the Steelers played with a true BUCK? The Steelers don’t play a true 3-4, which does require size at the BUCK. They keep the ILB’s covered up, which is why Farrior was able to be successful for so long.

    Shazier is 21 years old. He weighed 220 when OSU played in their bowl game. Less than 3 months later, he was up to 237, and has probably been putting time in the weight room since the combine. I doubt size is going to be an issue.

  • steeltown

    I don’t really think his size will be an issue either, whether he plays 4-3 weak-side or 3-4 inside. But, I go back to my original post it might not matter much to us because we wont draft him at 15 and he’ll be gone by 46

  • 243546

    Nope. But he has excelled at ILB. James Farrior is another 4-3 OLB who excelled at ILB.

  • 243546

    Why won’t they draft him at 15? If he reminds Tomlin enough of Lawrence Timmons, then there’s a very good chance that he will be the pick.

    With Shazier and Timmons at ILB, the defense can defend almost anything in base D. The only exceptions might be 4 or 5 WR sets. He makes the secondary better, and improves the pass rush. Sounds like first round material to me.

  • steeltown

    Oh I totally agree he is 1st Rd material and I actually think he’ll continue to climb as we get closer to the draft, but I don’t think he’ll be the best player available at 15th overall, someone will fall to us, especially if a few QBs go off the board early. Shazier will end up being a mid 20s pick IMO

  • 243546

    He won’t be BPA on a generic draft board, but he could be a lot higher on the Steelers draft board. It really comes down to how Colbert and Tomlin feel he compares to Timmons. I’ve always felt that teams look for players who are similar to other players that they have had success with. Not only is Shazier similar to Timmons, he’s arguably a better prospect than Timmons was in 2007.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Don’t get me wrong your right you can’t teach speed. I was being sarcastic about his position I haven’t seen any of his tape but i might put some on based off your opinion. I’d love to have that kind of speed and instincts. if he’s a late first to second round do you think we’ll have a chance at him?

  • 243546

    I don’t know where he belongs on a draft board, but I will say that I think he’s a better prospect than Timmons was in 2007, and the Steelers drafted Timmons at 15. Shazier is bigger, faster, stronger, than Timmons, and his college production was much better. I have a feeling that Shazier will be higher on the Steelers draft board, because of how he compares to Timmons.

  • Johnny Loose

    Shazier in the first, Roby in the second. #GoBucks lol

  • lefnor

    His atleticism and hitting ability is undeniable but his tape is not so good.
    And after Arthur Brown, you can’t say that xy won’t be anywhere near our pick. This is the draft.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Went back and looked at some of his tape. Wow he looks like he’d be a good Steeler ILB. Not sure he’ll be available for us in the second. I would be surprised if he made it out of the first.

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