Categorized | 2014 Draft, Article

New Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Can Best Be Described As Explosive


At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, new Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier reportedly surprised a few scouts when weighed in at 237 pounds. He probably surprised them even more by running 4.4 second 40-yard dash with the added weight.

During his conference call with the media following him being selected by the Steelers with the 15th overall pick of the first round, Shazier was asked if he thought he needs to get even bigger in order to play inside linebacker in Pittsburgh.

“I don’t feel I have to get bigger, I’ve heard it from the coaches that my weight is personally fine,” said Shazier, who is still only 21-years-old. “I don’t want to try to get any bigger. I feel like I’m at a great weight right now.”

For a player his size, Shazier certainly has a lot of explosion and that reflects in his combine measurables. His 25 reps on the bench combined with his 42-inch vertical leap and 10’10” broad jump works out to an explosion index number of 77.83. As a means of comparison, Khalil Mack, who was drafted fifth overall Thursday night by the Oakland Raiders, posted a 73.66 explosive index number while Indianapolis, while first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney only registered a 68.93 explosive index.

Measurables aren’t everything, however, as plenty of players have come and gone after performing well in shorts. Shazier now has to show the same explosion that he had at Ohio State that resulted in him registering 143 total tackles in 2013 of which 22.5 went for lost yardage.

“Just that burst, it’s unique,” said Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert Thursday night after the selection of Shazier.

The Steelers need Shazier’s explosiveness to burst onto the scene quickly in 2014.

Tags: , , , , , ,

About Dave Bryan

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • greeny

    We love drafting small fast LBs in the first round. He is still much bigger looking than JJ but even Colbert says Shazier needs to get stronger. So what does that say about Jarvis Jones?

  • Rod Hedrick

    Where do we go for corner now?

  • shawn

    Dissappointing hearing him say he doesnt want to get any bigger … I personally think he needs to gain 5 or 6 pounds in his lower body and get a heck of a lot stronger in his lower half as well … he’s definitely got plenty of explosion and speed … but the NFL is a whole different level when it comes to strength and he will realise that soon enough !

  • shawn

    I think we will have to wait til 3rd round … and not too confident starter quality will be available …

  • wdhammer

    This kid can tackle and cover WOW !! with speed .Speed is what you need on D and this kid brings it . Good pick .Keep going D steelers speed, speed ,speed..

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    The pick was definitely a shocker but… is it just me or does everybody see him as a Carnell Lake 2.0? Just pull up his NFL draft profile. Seriously, eeirely similar. I know the Steelers WANT him to be the guy we build around, but I think the Steelers aren’t sure of his position. He could be a safety, inside or outside linebacker. I believe that’s saying more about the direction we want to take and lack of faith in Jarvis Jones and Timmons.

  • steeltown

    Yea the recent acquisitions reflect this- Jarvis Jones, Shark Thomas, Sean Spence, Mike Mitchell and now Shazier

  • steeltown

    No lack of faith in Timmons.. but there are still some uncertainties with not only Spence, but V.Williams and Jones and of course the Worilds contract situation.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    he will. He’s 21.

  • T R

    now if the steelers can teach them not to fly past the target and make a good clean tackle… speed is nothing if you miss the target.. i am very confident they can get it done..

  • Steeler Wheeler

    With only two good LBs last season, Timmons and whoever played LOLB, the Steelers were definitely better equipped for a 4-3. How quickly that has changed. This pick and the lack of D-Lineman guarantees the Steelers will be a 3-4 team for the rest of this decade.

  • JAMESH

    Dave – How likely he will be starting game 1?

  • JAMESH

    And do they move Timmons to the other side and let Shazier replace him?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m not talking about Jarvis Jones and Lawrence Timmons as players, but as rather the playmaker, that GUY who make our defense better. Timmons and Jarvis Jones proved they are better as complimentary pieces, Worilds is a solid pass-rushing specialist and Vince Williams is a solid run-stuffing specialist. Even now, with years of seeing Timmons playing, what would you say he is? A playmaker? He makes our defense a much better unit? I can’t.

    Colbert’s quotes on Jarvis Jones last year indicated he thought Jones would be that playmaker but… yes, I think he realized HE’s not. At all.

  • steeltown

    Still too early to tell with J.Jones and Timmons is one of the better ILBs in the League, hands down. He’s always asked to do too much, even last year with playing next to a rookie or a few yrs ago asked to play outside. Its not even a question that he makes our Defense a much better unit

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Just because Timmons is one of better ILB in the game doesn’t mean he’s that great of a game-changer, he’s no James Farrior… yes, I truly believe that’s the reason for the pick… to truly replace Farrior.

  • John

    This will be a good pick up. Last year we could not cover quick RBs out of the backfield and we have always struggled with athletic TEs. The first Bengals game last year Bernard killed us. Shazier will be a better athlete than just about anyone in space and that should give us a real playmaker. As to other LBs, the only other LB we know can perform is Timmons so I do not believe we are overstocked at the position. I am glad we did not choose Mosley, an OL, or a DL, They obviously did not love Dennard — a press corner who is not that fast. Had Fuller and Backham been on the board, that would have been interesting but my guess is Shazier may fit our team better than both of those guys. We will see.

  • SteelersDepot

    80% chance???

  • SteelersDepot

    Plan seems to be to kick Timmons over to Buck & Shazier play the Mack.

  • DB84

    Now Troy won’t have to play as a LB all of the time in sub packages. This guys is perfect for that role that troy was playing and now Troy can help elsewhere in the back end. Love it

  • wdhammer

    give me speed all day long without it in the NFL you’re done…Ryan Clarke chased more guys for TD than I want to remember…

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I think hius ability to play all those position is what makes him so perfect. Lb in the base with the ability to handle CB or s in sub packages allowing them to deal with a lot more offensive packages with base personnel.

    Add a DL like Murphy who can also play olb and play some pass defense and the defensive flexibility will be amazing.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    You think you know far to much if you are comfortable defining Jones from his rookie season.

  • cp72

    SJB would be an interesting 2nd round guy.

  • shawn

    true .. looks like he has room to grow.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    There will be plenty of guys available there, also They have a gaping hole at DE.

  • shawn

    im not that much of a gambler … he’s a much bigger risk than say a DL like Tuitt or a WR like Matthews wouldnt u say ? 3rd id be more for but he prob won’t last that long !

  • shawn

    name one quality CB that u are sure will be there at the end of the 3rd ?

  • cencalsteeler

    A new hybrid lb that can cover in sub packages. I guess they didn’t have faith in V. Williams cover skills. I wonder if Spence can now be groomed at strong safety?

  • cencalsteeler

    There have been rumblings of Ross Cockrell out of Duke. I see them grabbing him now that they didn’t go cb in round 1. Must be pretty high on him.

  • shawn

    Ya .. he should definitely be there … but he’s not a high caliber guy … more of a crapshoot … possible slot guy …doubt many outsider starter quality types will be available in 4th and later

  • RASTA

    exactly my thoughts!

  • Axe Skot

    Wow, that seems pretty high. Hope you’re right.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    What? No. I do believe Jarvis Jones will become a better pass-rusher… but like Jason Worilds, he’s just not a playmaker that we are looking for. Yes he “supposely force turnovers” but with his athleticism, I don’t see that happening, I see him to produce a Carlos Emmons-like career.

    This says more about the kind of player Shazier is than it is about Jones’ ceiling.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I want Stephen Tuitt… badly. His presence would be a great complimentary to Shazier, a strictly occupying LDE. With Cameron Heyward, it’ll be like having Richard Seymour and Aaron Smith on same D-line (Heyward is Seymour and Tuitt, vince versa).

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Very likely. At first he probably will play more in sub-packages until he become a 3-downs LB. He’s not replacing Timmons nor Vince Williams, this give us more of 2-5-4 looks. With Heyward and McLendon, you can be sure Polamalu will give Shazier the reign of Joker role.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Desir, Baptiste

  • shawn

    wish we had a mid 3rd could have had Gaines … not sure Desir will last …. at this point might be willing to give up a 5th and trade up to get him in the 4th

If you enjoy our content & podcast, feel free to buy us a cup of coffee below.
Shop for 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Nike and New Era Team Gear at Fanatics

Archives