Steelers Select Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier In 1st Round Of 2014 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has been and it’s Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier.

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RYAN SHAZIER
Linebacker
The Ohio State University Buckeyes
#2
6:001.1-237
Pompano Beach, Florida
Plantation High School

OVERVIEW

Shazier has heard it all from draft experts to scouts – too “light in the pants,” lacks ideal size, looks like a cornerback and not a linebacker, does not have the strength to take on bigger blockers. Well, the pastor’s son has proven them all wrong, as he is seeing most of those doubters starting to jump on his draft “bandwagon” as decision day for teams is about to commence.

The Florida product takes it all in as constructive criticism. If you ask him, Shazier will tell you that he is his own worst critic, anyway. Still, growing up in the Sunshine State, he patterned his style of play after another linebacker who heard similar critics tout his deficiencies while at Florida State – former Tampa Bay great, Derrick Brooks. In fact, the man who eventually replaced Brooks as the heart and soul of the Bucs’ defense, Lavonte David, is built along the same lines as Shazier and Brooks.

Since becoming a full-time starter for a major powerhouse that regularly faces top-level offenses in the Big Ten Conference, all Shazier has done is record back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons, averaging 9.92 stops per game. Unlike some linebackers that are regarded as “pile jumpers,” padding their statistics with assisted tackles, his 208 solo stops rank sixth in school history, with all of the five players ahead of him having one additional season as a Buckeye under their belt.

Those that say he might not have the strength to defeat offensive linemen need to only look at the way he wreaks havoc in the backfield. As a junior, he made a total of twenty-five tackles behind the line of scrimmage (twenty solos and five assists), getting to the quarterback seven times and causing four turnovers via fumbles caused. His tackle-for-loss figures in 2013 are the third-best by a Buckeye in school history and led the Big Ten Conference while ranking third nationally.

Among active NCAA major college players, Shazier ranks third with an average of 5.36 solo tackles per game (increases to 6.58 per game during his time as a starter). His 208 solo tackles rank seventh within that group and he is ninth with forty solo tackles behind the line of scrimmage. His nine forced fumbles are eighth nationally, as that figure set the school all-time record and rank tenth in league history.

The Ohio State staff credits Shazier’s performance on the field and leadership in the locker room for the Buckeyes overcome a “dark season” when they went 6-7 during his freshman season playing mostly in reserve, to a 24-2 record the last two seasons with the Florida product starting at weak-side outside linebacker.

Shazier admits that his maturity and workman-like approach to the game of football was something instilled in his as a youth by his father. The two are extremely close and the player acknowledges that, “I call my dad almost every day, because he can help me deal with pretty much anything.”

In addition to being a mentor to his son, Vernon Shazier also is pastor at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a team chaplain for the Miami Dolphins and a motivational speaker. A former football coach, he also has made sure to be there for his sons, including Ryan’s younger brother Vernon. If he can’t be there physically, then the phone will have to do.

“I’m really proud of Ryan, and it makes me feel good as a father for how often he consults with me and borrows wisdom,” Vernon said. “We sometimes talk two, three times a day.”
The “things” Vernon Shazier spoke of fall roughly into three categories: “You’re talking about football,” he said. “You’re talking about academics, and then you’re talking about adulthood and the responsibilities that come with that, and also the temptations that come with that.”

From a football standpoint, “One of the main things I’ve talked with him about is seize the moment. I coached high school for twelve years, I work with the Dolphins, and I’ve seen so many kids who have had Ryan’s type of talent and skills, they go to college and they disqualify themselves because of a multitude of reasons. I see guys on the NFL level do the same.

“So from an athletic standpoint, I told Ryan to seize the moment and take advantage of the opportunities he is going to have, and understand that it’s a journey.” From an academic standpoint, “It’s simply to get what he needs from Ohio State, which is a degree. That’s an awesome piece of paper to hang on your wall, and it’s one of the great institutions in the country when you start talking about the alumni family you’ll be a part of. I travel all around the country, and there are Buckeyes everywhere.”

And from an adulthood standpoint, “We continue to just lean on those three words: faith, intergrity and discipline. I tell him ‘I’ve been down every road you want to go down,’ and when we talk he borrows that wisdom.” To that end, Ryan said he tries to maintain regular church attendance in Columbus at New Salem Baptist Church. He is likely to be there on Sunday morning, even if it will be just hours after tonight’s Big Ten opener with Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium.

“I feel like I play better, and that I have a better lifestyle, when I go to church, because it’s part of being close to God,” he said. “When sometimes I’m not going regularly, I sometimes feel like everything is not going as well as I really want it to go.”

There is little doubt that Ryan has been influenced by a father who is a pastor. Not every father has that sort of relationship with his son, and vice versa. One could call them lucky.
“I prefer to use the word blessed,” Vernon said. “I believe God’s hand is in all of this, that His favor is on us.

“What’s exciting to me is Ryan now understands it’s unqiue, and it’s the same with my younger son,” Vernon said. “Me and their mother have told them for years, ‘You guys are a minority, because very few kids have the relationships you have with your parents.’ They have games, and often some of their teammates don’t have parents there, very few have a father there.”

Ryan was an All-State outside linebacker at Plantation High School, where the four-star prospect was regarded as the 14th-best linebacker in the nation, earning the 42nd spot on the Florida Top 100 list compiled by Rivals.com. Scout.com considered him to be the fifth-best outside linebacker in the prep ranks and also took notice of his skills playing defensive end and tight end during his high school days.

As a junior, Shazier recorded 87 tackles that included nineteen sacks and 28.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused two fumbles, recovered two others, including one that he returned for a touchdown and blocked a kick. That performance earned him second-team Class 6A All-State honors, along with being named All-Broward County first-team by the Miami Herald.

As a senior, the linebacker again delivered 87 tackles, recording 19.5 sacks with four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. Named Broward County’s Most Outstanding Player that year, he ended his career as the school’s record-holder with 38.5 sacks. The All-State pick ended his prep career by suiting up once more for the Under Armour All-American Game.

Shazier graduated early from high school, enrolling at Ohio State in January, 2011, in time to participate in spring drills. He toiled away on special teams and with the second unit for the Buckeyes’ first ten games, but closed out the year with starting assignments at weak-side linebacker during the last three contests. He would not relinquish that position until announcing for the draft after the 2013 season.

Shazier was named to the Freshman All-American team, as he finished sixth on the squad with 57 tackles in 2011, the most by an OSU first-year player since Andy Katzenmoyer posted 86 stops in 1996. Five of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, causing fumbles on two of those plays.

As a sophomore, he garnered All-American and All-Big Ten Conference recognition, as the linebacker paced the team with 115 tackles (70 solos) and 17.0 stops-for-loss, ranking second on the team with five sacks. His average of 9.58 tackles per game ranked second in the Big Ten, as his tackle-for-loss average of 1.42 per game was 17th nationally and led all Big Ten defenders.

In 2013, Shazier was again an All-American and All-Big Ten selection. He led the team with a career-high 143 tackles, as his 103 solo hits rank as the third-most in a season by a Buckeye, and were the third-best total in the nation during the 2013 schedule. His 143 total tackles were also the most by an Ohio State defender since Chris Spielman had 156 in 1987. He also led the league with 22.5 stops-for-loss, third-best in the FBS ranks for the year and also ranking third on the school’s annual record chart.

Two days after the Buckeyes fell to Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl, Shazier announced his intention for leaving school and entering the 2014 NFL Draft. “Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” Shazier said in a statement released by Ohio State. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”

Shazier had indicated during bowl practices that he was leaning toward returning to school for another year. But, there might not be much else for him to prove with the Buck-eyes. “I’m just going to talk it over with my family and the coaches and just try to get the best analysis that I can,” Shazier said before the bowl game. “When I do make a decision, it will be the best decision for me.”

“I have good speed and I can run down a player anywhere on the field. I’m very quick off the ball too. I’m hard-hitting and very dedicated. I’m always making goals…every game I play I have goals I want to meet,” the junior linebacker noted. “I want to get stronger. I’m also working on my footwork and I just want to learn more about being a linebacker.”

CAREER NOTES
Shazier played in thirty-nine games, starting his final twenty-nine contests at weak-side outside linebacker…Recorded 315 tackles (208 solos) with 208 solo hits and 107 assists, as he posted fourteen sacks for minus 107 yards, 44.5 stops for losses totaling 172 yards and nine quarterback pressures…Returned his only interception 17 yards for a touchdown and deflected fifteen other tosses…Also caused nine fumbles…NCAA Career-Record Results…Among active NCAA FBS players, Shazier ranks eighth in forced fumbles, ninth with forty solo tackles-for-loss and seventh with 208 solo tackles…His average of 5.36 solo tackles per game is third-best among active players…Big Ten Conference Career-Record Results…His nine forced fumbles tied Jammie Kirlew (2006-09) of Indiana for tenth on the league all-time list…School Career-Record Results…Shazier finished 14th in school history with 315 total tackles…Became just the sixth Buckeye to record over 200 solo tackles (208) during a career, joining Chris Spielman (283; 1984-87), Tom Cousineau (259; 1975-78), Marcus Marek (256; 1979-82), Steve Tovar (239; 1989-92) and Mike Doss (228; 1999-2002)…His 44.5 tackles-for-loss rank sixth in OSU annals, topped by Mike Vrabel (66.0; 1993-96), Matt Finkes (59.0; 1993-96), Jason Simmons (56.5; 1990-93), Andy Katzenmoyer (50.0; 1996-98) and Will Smith (45.5; 2000-03)…His fourteen sacks tied Quinn Pitcock (2003-06), John Kacherski (1988-91) and Greg Smith (1989-92) for 17th on the school career chart…Holds the school record with nine forced fumbles.

SEASON NOTES
In 2013, Shazier became just the tenth player in school history to lead the team in tackles in consecutive seasons…His career-high 143 tackles in 2013 tied Glen Cobb (1982) for 12th on the school annual list and were the most by a Buckeye since Chris Spielman posted 156 hits in 1987…His 101 solo tackles in 2013 are topped by only Tom Cousineau (142 in 1978) and Chris Spielman (105 in 1986) on OSU’s season chart, marking the only times that a Buckeye reached the “century” mark in this category…His 22.5 stops-for-loss as a junior rank behind Mike Vrabel (26.0 in 1995) and Andy Katzenmoyer (23.0 in 1996) in the Ohio State record books. Will Smith (2003), Vrabel (1994) and Matt Finkes (1994) are the only other players in school history to record at least twenty tackles behind the line of scrimmage in a campaign (all three had 20.0).

GAME NOTES
Chazier’s twenty tackles vs. Indiana in 2013 are the most by a Buckeye since Chris Spielman had 22 vs. Washington and 29 vs. Michigan during the 1986 season…His five tackles-for-loss vs. Indiana in 2013 tied the school record he now shares with John Simon (vs. Nebraska in 2012), Andy Katzenmoyer (vs. Arizona State in 1996), Jayson Gwinn (vs. Indiana in 1993) and Judah Herman (vs. Iowa in 1991)…His sixteen solo tackles in the 2013 Indiana clash tied the OSU record that was first set by Tom Cousineau (28 total) vs. Southern Methodist in 1978.

SEASON ANALYSIS
2013 SEASON
The undisputed leader of an Ohio State defense that ranked seventh nationally vs. the run (102.6), 21st in scoring (21.3) and 29th in total defense (362.2), Shazier was named first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and USA Today…The Butkus Award finalist and Bednarik and Lott award semifinalist added All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors and was twice named the Lott
IMPACT Trophy national player of the week, along with tying a Big Ten record with three conference defensive player of the week honors this season, giving him five for his career…Became the tenth Buckeye to lead the team in tackles in consecutive seasons, as his 143 hits led the league and ranked tenth nationally…His 103 solo tackles are the third-best ever by a Buckeye in a season and ranked third in the FBS while leading the league…
Also led the Big Ten while finishing sixth in the nation with 22.5 stops for losses of 77 yards, including six sacks for minus 36 yards…Credited with six quarterback pressures, four pass deflections and four forced fumbles…Registered at least ten tackles in seven games and had at least one stop-for-loss in all but the Iowa and Clemson contests…Had twelve tackles (10 solos) and caused a fumble on a sack vs. California…Produced nine hits with 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one that caused a fumble vs. Wisconsin, followed by a ten-tackle performance at Northwestern…Had a fourth-down sack among his ten tackles vs. Penn State and added a pair of sacks, three stops-for-loss and seven solo tackles vs. Purdue…In a four-game stretch, he registered 62 tackles, the most in school annals over a similar span…Began that march with sixteen tackles (11 solos), 1.5 sacks, 3.5 stops-for-loss and a forced fumble vs. Illinois, followed by a career-high twenty tackles (16 solos) and five stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack that caused a fumble vs. Indiana…Then collected fourteen hits (7 solos), as he assisted on a sack vs. Michigan and delivered twelve tackles (10 solos) with two pass break-ups and 1.5 stops-for-loss vs. Michigan State…Closed out his career with nine tackles (7 solos) vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

2012 SEASON
Shazier earned second-team All-American accolades from The NFL Draft Report and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated, as the All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice started all twelve games at wek-side linebacker…Led the team with 115 tackles (70 solos), ranking second in the league with an average of 9.58 hits per game…Made five sacks for minus 47 yards, a team-high 17.0 stops for losses of 78 yards and three quarterback pressures…His average of 1.42 stops-for-loss per game led the Big Ten and ranked 17th nationally…Deflected eleven passes and intercepted another for a 17-yard touchdown return…Produced at least ten tackles in six contests, including thirteen hits (10 solos) as he caused a fumble on a sack vs. California…Followed with another thirteen hits (7 solos) vs. Alabama-Birmingham and delivered ten tackles with a sack vs. Nebraska…Deflected a career-high five passes vs. Indiana and posted twelve stops vs. Purdue…His only career interception was returned for a score vs. Penn State, as he caused a fumble on one of his two sacks and was in on eight tackles…Had a season-high fourteen tackles (11 solos) with two stops-for-loss vs. Illinois, adding twelve hits (9 solos) and a season-high three stops behind the line of scrimmage at Wisconsin.

2011 SEASON
Shazier played in all thirteen games as a true freshman, starting the final three contests at weak-side linebacker…Finished sixth on the team with 57 tackles (37 solos), the most by a first-year Buckeye since 1996…Had three sacks for minus 14 yards, five stops for losses of 17 yards and two forced fumbles.

INJURY REPORT
Shazier never missed any games, but was limited in 2013 spring camp with a muscle/ tendon injury…Did not complete agility tests at the 2014 NFL scouting Combine due to a left hamstring pull.

AGILITY TESTS
4.38 in the 40-yard dash (best time for any linebacker participating at the Combine)…1.56 10-yard dash…2.58 20-yard dash…4.21 20-yard shuttle…6.91 three-cone drill…42-inch vertical jump (top performance for all linebackers at the 2014 Combine)…10’-10” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…32 3/8-inch arm length…10-inch hands…
78 5/8-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Shazier attended Plantation (Pompano Beach, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Davis…The All-State outside linebacker was rated a four-star prospect and regarded as the 14th-best linebacker in the nation, earning the 42nd spot on the Florida Top 100 list compiled by Rivals.com…Scout.com considered him to be the fifth-best outside linebacker in the prep ranks and also took notice of his skills playing defensive end and tight end during his high school days…As a junior, Shazier recorded 87 tackles that included nineteen sacks and 28.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage…Also caused two fumbles, recovered two others, including one that he returned for a touchdown and blocked a kick…That performance earned him second-team Class 6A All-State honors, along with being named All-Broward County first-team by the Miami Herald…As a senior, the linebacker again delivered 87 tackles, recording 19.5 sacks with four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks…Named Broward County’s Most Outstanding Player that year, he ended his career as the school’s record-holder with 38.5 sacks…The All-State pick ended his prep career by suiting up once more for the Under Armour All-American Game.

PERSONAL
Shazier is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Management…Son of Vernon and Shawn Shazier…Father is the Miami Dolphins’ chaplain…Born 9/06/92 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida…Resides in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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

    OLB or ILB?

  • Chris Ranieri

    Will cornerback come next round…?

  • Superdriller316

    Both

  • Nolrog

    What the F? I don’t like it at all. Huge needs elsewhere on defense, and WR.

  • steelersfan

    dennard still on the board. scratching my head

  • Dave Bradley

    WTF?

  • Nolrog

    I’m dumb founded.

  • Alan Felicia

    Wow! Didn’t see that coming. I like it, but, somewhat confused.

  • Dave Bradley

    maybe they will trade Worilds?

  • 804Stiller

    Wow. With JFootball and Bridgewater on the board, we couldn’t trade down……………….smh.

  • Nolrog

    Could have traded down and still got him.

  • Michael Briscoe

    With Dennard right there, why take this guy ??? WHY?? not happy with pick!!

  • Nolrog

    Maybe we’ll go 4th string QB in the next round. Then punter in the 3rd.

  • ScottBB

    Colbert has lost it

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Not a fan of this pick.

  • Josh Knepshield

    No, the Dolphins would have got him at 19. The value is better than it looks.

  • steelersfan

    my thoughts exactly. his days are numbered

  • Dan

    Not to mention Pryor and Mosley. Don’t get it. Unless Worilds has already gotten injuried in OTAs. Hope he’s great. Hope he gets on the field at some point in the next 3 years.

  • Jason Vancil

    You need a partner to trade down.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    LB was every bit the need that WR is, but I don’t like the pick all that much either. I would have taken Mosley if I was going LB.

  • Andrew Grigsby

    Really shocked they didn’t take Dennard, but I’m telling you Shazier can play. Dude is a tackling machine. Good fit at ILB

  • Josh Knepshield

    This pick only took about a minute for them to put it in. The Dolphins were going to take him at 19, so the value is good. He plays both ILB and OLB, and versatility is great. 4.37 kid. I’m not crazy about it, but it makes sense on some level.

  • steelersfan

    a little extreme I know.. but I just cant wrap my head around this pick

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Wow, shocked. But playing devils advocate. We now have 4 athletic linebackers who can run and chase. We can wait and get a CB later. We already have Denard-Cortez Allen. Similar talented corners available later Peir Desir round 2 calling it.

  • Jason Vancil

    I like it. This kid is a stud. Only 21, son of a Pastor. No off the field. He and Timmons will be terrors.

  • Pitfan0513

    Not happy with this pick we needed a starting CB not a LB that’s going to ride the pine for a year or two!

  • steeltown

    Maybe no takers

  • Axe Skot

    Ha-ha-ha! Nobody had him on the radar. Just like the Steelers. I said at one point that I guaranteed the Steelers will draft 2 OLB’s and everyone thought I was nuts…Hope this guy can play.

  • Dan

    I think we need ILB more than OLB. I don’t think there’s a WR remaining that merits the 15th overall pick. But it seems we could have traded down and still had Shazier available. Ya never know.

  • DoctorNoah

    Confused. Either it means we are planning to lose Worilds next year. Or a vote of no confidence in Jarvis Jones. With Mosley, Dennard on board, even Manziel as a developmental player behind Big Ben seems to make more sense. Also assumes no return for Spence if ILB move, or no role for Vince Williams.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    U think Vince Williams beats him out?

  • Skinny Merlino

    I don’t get the wr thing we have enough talent that a 2nd or 3rd round guy coming in would be fine didn’t need a 1st rounder unless it was Watkins or evens stop crying ur steelers fans

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Inside backer

  • Jason Vancil

    He will play ILB and prob start. Spence is pie in the sky.

  • Glenn Baldwin

    Pencil him in next to Timmons?

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Exactly. I had a few other guys on my board over Shazier. WR was out as soon as Beckham was picked.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I think the potential for PI penalties turned them off.

  • Skinny Merlino

    He’s a way better and bigger maybe even faster sean Spence pre injury

  • Cody Younkin

    Not a terrible pick but with dennard there you hafta wonder if they really are that worried about their middle LB/OLB depth situation.

  • Mike Blauser

    Whoa, didn’t see that one coming. Hard to believe there was NO trade interest. We could have gotten him lower and gotten another pick or two.

  • Josh Knepshield

    The Dolphins were hot on him at 19.

  • Pitfan0513

    Yes!

  • David Lightfoot

    Agreed. I don’t see the big hits, but he can go sideline to sideline, cover tight ends and blitz the passer. 4.3 40 and he’s solid muscle.

  • David Lightfoot

    Yeah, and why draft a marquis corner? If the guy has the goods, the steelers will never keep him, a la Shermanesque 14mil per year?

  • Nolrog

    Hopefully, because I’m puzzled. Hate the pick. We have far bigger needs. Now we’re going to have to reach for a corner at 2 no matter who is there.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    seems very Raideresce

  • Josh Knepshield

    I think we go WR in the 2nd and let Cortez start.

  • Addison

    Did not see that coming. Seems like they didn’t waist anything to pick.

  • wdhammer

    Like i said before no matter who they took the yinzers would be Pissed’ .If they took Mosley the health issues would have come up. Denard would have been size . The Steeler D is built on LBS so lets see.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Has to be OLB unless they plan on a 2/3 year plan like Timmons

  • Shannon Stephenson

    that is true

  • wdhammer

    shut up !!!

  • wdhammer

    4.3 speed can’t beat speed …

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    I think Shazier will take over Vince, might not be at the start of the season but eventually he will.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I agree he’s a good player but damn… We have 4 CBs on roster and they two are awful (Ike-Gay)

  • Josh Knepshield

    Jason Worilds
    Ryan Shazier
    Lawrence Timmons
    Jarvis Jones
    3 1st rounders and a 2nd rounder I like it.

  • DarthVenamis

    Colbert already confirmed that Shazier will play inside.

  • Skinny Merlino

    Now a trade up for Roby

  • Josh Knepshield

    No trade. Roby has off field issues.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope not

  • JohnB

    I knew it was going to be someone that nobody expected/mocked. that’s how the Steelers do it. I thought ILB was the position of need and you can check my past comments to confirm.
    WHY WOULD THEY PICK WR/CB FIRST RD WHEN THEY SAID TIME AND AGIAN ITS A DEEP DRAFT FOR BOTH? that was your hint.

  • Skinny Merlino

    Everybody has off field issues I’m pretty sure jesus Christ out of Bethlehem university isn’t draft eligible

  • Josh Knepshield

    What picks do we give up? No 3rd, dippy

  • John

    Shazier seems to be a monster athlete in the Troy mold but at ILB. I did not think they would take him but I think he will have a big impact. We do not have many on defense with the athleticism of this guy.

  • Doug Sawyer

    this was a terrible pick

  • Agustin-ARG

    2nd round ¿wr dL or cb?

  • Louis

    With Jarvis Jones being drafted #1 last year, and committing $9M to Worilds this year, he has to be ILB. So we now have Lawrence Timmons, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Ryan Shazier, Terance Gavin, and Kion Wilson. Clearly a need.

  • BDK

    Wow. Unbelievable. I have given management a lot of leeway for their decisions, but this is unbelievable. What are they thinking? Passed on way too many other choices. This is going to hurt.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DL if someone drops

  • MP34

    For a defense that needs playmakers, they got one.

  • Pete Johnson

    I’m speechless. And Rats got Mosley. Of all the positions to take you go ILB at 15?? What drugs is Colbert on?

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    I know CB is more of a need, but after watching a lot of Dennards film, i noticed he grabs a lot and plays the man too much and not the ball, how is he going to handle elite NFL receivers?
    I like Shazier, he has the talent (especially speed), instincts and this is another great character guy. Hasn’t missed a game either and is only 21! Him and Timmons are gonna be unstoppable.
    I think the athletic abilty and character played a big part in this pick, also the fact that
    D ick Lebeau is a former Buckeye too. I’m happier with this pick than i am of Jarvis Jones last year to be honest.

  • JohnB

    Put him next to Timmons and its clobberin time

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Shazier wasn’t going to start at OLB this year either way, so they have insurance if they aren’t ready to commit to Worilds. Plus he is versatile, which they love. And the list at ILB isn’t that impressive outside of Timmons. Spence is pure ?, Williams needs to develop into a 3 round guy. Wilson and Garvin have a long way to go.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Gay was probably our best CB last year.

  • 804Stiller

    Maybe, they plan on doubling up at DB later if they could get something like Cockrell and lets say Jaylen Watkins…………..I don’t know. I’m hoping the LB group is all over the field now……….I’m trusting in the brass………..

  • Nolrog

    But we need insurance because Ike will be gone next year. And we have no one to play DE.

  • harding36

    I said two months ago that Shazier was one of my favorite players in the draft. I’m surprised by the pick, but I can’t knock it. Shazier will be super versatile, sort of like 43 playing at ILB. We obviously weren’t high on Dennard, who, by the way, is still on the board at 20.

  • Josh Knepshield

    and he gave up 6 Rec for 100 yards and a TD against NE

  • Nolrog

    Fingers crossed. I would like to corners, but I think we still need another WR (and of course, DE).

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I don’t disagree. DE, CB, WR and LB were our top needs. LB isn’t deep this year.

  • woo9535

    A surprising pick, but it’s the Steelers, and I trust my Steelers FO more than any other mocks and articles.
    Hope Shazier is a BEAST and GO STEELERS!!!

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I think if Fuller was still there they would have jumped on him, but Dennard was too handsy for them.

  • Bartholomew Wimer

    Colbert cant sign any players to second contracts, he traded away future picks last year, now he is REACHING on players in the first round that aren’t even a top need? GARBAGE, time to go Colbert

  • Josh Knepshield

    The Rams and Bears screwed us. The Rams don’t even need a DT, they just took Donald so that the Bears would be forced to take Fuller. LOL I HATE THEM

  • shawn

    Dont know much about him, but if he excels at OLB … id rather have that than Dennard who i see is only being a solid and not outstanding type of player …

    wonder if we would have still taken him if Chicago had not taken Fuller … not sure what to think of the pick … but one thing is for CERTAIN .. picking (3) 1st and 2nd rounders at the OLB position in the last few years is not a good sign of management …. they have obviously screwed the pooch on that one !

  • Nolrog

    James Harrison was undrafted and was cut. Vontaze Burfict was also undrafted and he led the league in tackles last year. Not to mention a fair number of guys on Seattle (Richard Sherman was a 5th), who were the best defense in football last year.Draft round is somewhat meaningless.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    He ranked 8th in the NFL in yards allowed per snap last season and was one of the best slot CBs in the league.

  • george

    so what are we going to do with three starting olb?

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I don’t think they drafted him at 15 with plans to move him. We do not have an established starter on the inside. Spence was suppose to be Foote’s replacement and he was drafted at 5″11 230lbs and he doesn’t have Shazier’s physical tools.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Good for them…

  • Nolrog

    Makes sense, since they already have two starters outside.

  • Louis

    I understand drafting someone because Spence is a ?, but using the #1? What do they do if Spence plays lights out? They’ll have 5 starting LBs for 4 spots, while there are holes elsewhere.

  • shawn

    touche …

  • shawn

    why are we so against picking CBs in the 1st rounds … granted i didnt want Dennard after Gilbert and Fuller were gone !

  • Josh Knepshield

    I know, I’m just pissed. lol

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    That’s not a bad problem to have in the 3-4 and it allows them to let Worilds walk, which helps their cap problems. I don’t really like the pick, but I kind of understand what they were thinking.

  • JohnB

    not to play Captain Hindsight but top rated/drafted corners is not what we use its not our MO … I’d love to have a Dennard or Fuller like everyone else but it’d be a waste with the style we play. LBs are more important than CBs in our D.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Shazier is ILB

  • Dewayne Braxton

    His 40 times had to have scared teams off.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I think if Fuller was there, he was the pick.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Can Shazier play CB? Maybe. 4.37 40 time. LOL

  • shawn

    ho hum .. need to improve on the slot … Sorry Gay is not the answer ! ideally the best cure would be a playmaker at one side like Gilbert and A Verret type in the Slot …

    and considering we only have one more high pick … good luck with getting any of that !

  • Steelman72

    Give this kid a chance. He will be in the All Pro! He has the WOW factor, more so than Dennard or Mosely. This was a move made purely on the Steelers asking themselves what defensesive player can improve us the most. He wouldn’t have gotten by the Ravens and we would on the other end of it twice a year.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    The draft is deep. More teams are willing to stay put because this year’s lower round picks have value.

  • ScottBB

    I am at least happy they are addressing the lack of speed on defense

  • shawn

    cuz he’s good … not elite .. i think its obvious just like Manziel they were both overhyped !

  • Louis

    Timmons, Jones, Worlids, Spence and Williams are gonna need a breather at some point.

  • Nolrog

    Oh I will give him a chance. Just because I didn’t like the pick, doesn’t mean I won’t root for him to become an all pro.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Gay is actually one of the best slot CBs around. Do the research. Clearly the Steelers have different ideas than you did. I wanted them to go for Fuller, but I understand why they didn’t go for Dennard and there wasn’t any other CB worth the 15 pick.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Well if Denard was a shut down corner he would’ve been drafted in the top 15. Other teams are passing on him too?

  • mokhkw

    I think this shows a basic change in the Steeler’s 3-4 philosophy. The massive run-stuffing NT has been replaced with a player who offers less vs run but more QB pressure and now the ILBs are more geared towards coverage than run D.

    In todays NFL( pass happy with lots of slants & crossing routes with 2 TE sets) this makes sense. The days of the Steelers competing for No.1 D vs the run are likely over but our pass D will be better.

    I like the pick, even though I would have taken Mosley(not as athletic but great instincts). I know everyone wanted a CB but if you look at the board the type of player they usually target are found in Rds 2 & 3 this year.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I was pissed when Fuller got picked.

  • shawn

    Cortez already does start … we need Ikes replacement !

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I was kinda puzzled to with this pick because we needed cb but since gilbert and fuller is off the board and no trade partners to make this same pick later i dont mind it hes really good really fast i wonder if we can trade jj or worrilds for gilbert or fuller

  • Nolrog

    You don’t make first round picks for guys to get a breather.

  • steelersfan

    what is our plan at cornerback? This is a huge need that I don’t think will be any better after this draft. Looks like Ike and Allen for the whole ’14 season. I feel we will go wr in the second now.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think theres a method to colberts madness

  • Dewayne Braxton

    True, but the best ones were gone. Denard gets to many penaltiesa nd he is a bit slow and just under 6 ft. Not an obvious 15th pick.

  • Andrew Grigsby

    Spence isn’t coming back or they wouldn’t have drafted Shazier. Dennard was too iffy on PI calls for them. Too bad Fuller or Beckham was gone.

  • mokhkw

    Athletically I think Shazier is the best one we’ve drafted on D since Troy. LeBeau is going to have fun adding some wrinkles to the D this season.

  • Nolrog

    Maybe they plan on addressing corner the same way they took care of safety this year (free agency.)

  • Crazy Bone

    I am going to give Colbert and Tomlin some credit (and I have little confidence in their personnel decisions). They drafted a potential impact player. People get caught up in position but it is more important to draft a pro bowl player who can impact the team rather than drafting someone safe just to say you are filling a position. I think the Steelers did just that. The game is moving more and more to pass first with defenses being forced to play in space. That is Shazier’s strength. The days of the 250LB MLB in a 3-4 are over. I predict Shazier will make an impact next year (while Jarvis Jones still languishes around as a mistake).

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Even with no trades shazier gonna be a beast like k.bell

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    They will pick a CB, but they didn’t like Dennard and he was the only one worth looking at there.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Ridiculous Sherman was a 5th round pick, 5th round

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I hope not. Bell was a beast for one season.

  • JohnB

    yeah the instincts will come…you cant teach speed.

  • Ike Evans

    Ok…lol A OLB IN A 4-3 shifts TO AN ILB IN A 3-4….hes not gonna be an olb for us guys

  • Iron Cadet

    ilb according to tomlin, said he would play mack and they wpuld move some guys around

  • Yiz

    I agree with everything u said, plus the draft is deep in corners & WR. Quality of linebackers aren’t & this kid produces. He just has to learn Dick’s system. Plus Keith Butler should be estatic, two first rd picks in a row…Blitzburgh could be back. Coaches already stated that Timmons may be the most athletic plager on D & now u pair him with Shazier (a LB who ran faster than Dennard). We could have a tandem that could rival Willis & Bowman in SF.

  • Iron Cadet

    thank you for using your brain

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Kion Wilson-Bum Terrance Garvin-Bum Vince Williams meh

  • shawn

    Glibert … most would have been happy … damn browns

  • mokhkw

    I was thinking the same thing – would Jones have even been a 1st if he came out this year?

  • Nolrog

    Wonder if Dennard is still there in the 2nd.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I agree they think dennard have pass int written all over him and prob just get benched and be in tomlins doghouse

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    What do they do if Spence can’t play at all?

  • shawn

    link ?

  • Iron Cadet

    ilb was a huge need. think if we got jean baptiste in 2 and bryant or robinson in 3? happy now?

  • Phil Heidenreich

    I don’t see Shazier playing outside besides as a reserve, ala Timmons. There was similar discussion when we drafted Timmons – at what position we drafted him for, and he hasn’t done too bad for us.

  • shawn

    ditto

  • David Lightfoot

    Doesnt matter where the CB is drafted…if he’s that good, he is almost certainly priced out of the Steeler’s range.

  • Iron Cadet

    seriously? just because they didnt draft the guy you wanted?

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Ah no Timmons was an OLB moved inside

  • shawn

    what about Skov in the 4th … not a better pick … and still pick up playmaker in 1st round

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    By your own argument, we can get a marquis CB anywhere in the draft. You are defeating your own point.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I don’t think they’ll take him at all.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I still have faith in colbert and co.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    So Ike was? Pretty sure he got paid. U don’t need to spend 60 million on a CB

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    For now

  • mokhkw

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Williams isn’t on the roster at all this year, let alone starting. Timmons-Shazier-Spence-Garvin-Wilson would be my 5.

  • shawn

    Tuitt ?

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    Right on.
    Meanwhile, Manziel to the Browns. Who better to chase down Johnny Football than Shazier and/or Timmons?
    They will most likely double dip with CB, i think a lot of people on here need to chill.

  • Steelers@2010

    ILB, has to be; I don’t think he’s strong enough to play on the outside. One would have to wonder if the Steelers were eyeing Kyle Fuller. I don’t know much about the kid, but I wish they would jump off the bandwagon of drafting players from D. LeBeau Alma Matter. Not sure about the pick.

  • Weiss Chad

    Cooks would have been nice.I like the pick a lot

  • shawn

    NOOOO …. tired of that thinking … we need a blend of top notch DBs with LBs .. can’t have mediocre DBs in this pass happy league .. hopefully we double dip in 3rd and 4th at CB

  • Steelers@2010

    If this kid isn’t starting day 1, then it was a waisted draft pick!

  • Steelers@2010

    True, but you need a trade partner. We don’t know if they tried to trade down or not.

  • JohnB

    Hey guys, remember when we picked Timmons over Revis..and then we won a Super Bowl…and Revis has been on 3 different teams with his hands out…

  • shawn

    definitely will be looking forward to seeing him and what he brings !

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    Good point. If it came down to Barr and Jones i would probably go Barr cause he looks more physically gifted than Jones.
    But i was unhappy with the Jones pick cause i didn’t think he had the tools to be dominate in the NFL. Dont get me wrong, i hope he proves me wrong cause i like him as a person from his interviews but man i would of went the usual route of drafting a bigger DE tweener and converted him to OLB.
    Corey Lemonieur would of been a good pick last year as he had a decent rookie season with SF.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Williams will make it over Garvin or Wilson.

  • mokhkw

    This years class is much better than ’13 & most draftniks think that the 3rd round has 2nd round talent so we really have at least 2 more “high” picks.

    Still mad @Colbert for giving up the 3rd last year, imagine what could have been done with 2x3rds this year.

  • Weiss Chad

    Neither is De.I know steelers won’t do it but was hoping they would trade two four and ny 2 for Tuitt to the pats .

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    You are familiar with the Steelers defense, yes?

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree; see my comment above. I think if Fuller would have gotten by Chicago, Fuller was their pick.

  • Bartholomew Wimer

    I just figured it out and it makes more sense. Shazier is going to be a Polamalu style hybrid Safety/LB. Physical freak, ran a 4.38, 42″ vert, 10’10” broad… words from his evaluation “smart, vision, fills hard, relentless.”

  • Weiss Chad

    We didn’t pick Timmons over reevis .Jets traded up and picked reevis one spot ahead of us

  • shawn

    either WR or Tuitt in 2nd prob … possibly could double dip in 3rd and 4th at CB … and hope one sticks …

    Honestly because they didnt get one of the top guys at CB (Gilbert, Fuller) I truly think they have to triple dip at CB .. 2 mid round guys and a late round guy as well like colvin that could sit, heal and learn the system 1st year and play the next !

  • JohnB

    Im not saying we don’t need them im saying the priority is always front seven.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Tuitt and Chrichton are still on the board. I think DE is their biggest need, but I think they will get one.

  • Hard Row

    Shazier could be a great player in the right system. Unfortunately, The Steelers are not that system.

    Good player. Terrible draft pick.

    Are we going to sit the 15th overall pick when we play Nickel? It’s either him or Timmons sitting to bring in an extra DB. That’s a lot of money sitting the bench for half the game.

  • JohnB

    Im aware. A lot of steeler fans think we missed an opportunity to get him when we could have. I don’t support that thinking, obviously.

  • Weiss Chad

    I had fuller dennard or shazier as the pick.

  • shawn

    if possible .. that would be interesting and not a bad move !

  • Weiss Chad

    He is probably faster than our dbs

  • mokhkw

    I’d take Mack over Jones as well and likely taken Mosley or Shazier as well. I wasn’t a fan of the Jones pick either.

  • steelster

    Love the pick. Makes a lot of sense.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Football is not just about speed.

  • WIINGY

    Neither would sit. Foote played three downs in this defense so will Shazier. NT comes out in nickel.

  • mokhkw

    Yea, but what a beast he was before he got injured. If Shazier is anything like Bell was in his rookie season then I’ll be thrilled.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Agreed

  • sweetleb

    come on guys, this guy is the new nfl lb, can cover fast te and rb and get to the passer, 42inch vertical is off the charts,

  • Yiz

    Exactly which is why its good this kid has rare speed&was highly productive.

  • SfSteeler

    ouch, just missed Fuller for all that wanted him, then Dennard drops to Cinncy @ 24, DAMN…here comes a run on DBs late in the first!

    we get a freak in Shazier…where to pay him we all say, but the TEAM always has a plan!

  • David Lightfoot

    No, my point is the steelers will never hold onto a marquis corner. At most, the team might keep someone for five years, get maybe a sixth year with a franchise tag, but after that he’s gone. So with that thinking, why take a corner that high in the draft? You take them that high because you believe they’ll be special, all the while knowing that you’ll lose them later on down the road?

  • blue

    WTF Colbert

  • Doug Sawyer

    he has potential to be a game changer…the problem is we need basic pieces first

  • Weiss Chad

    Thanks for the lesson champ

  • shawn

    would be really interesting to know if that were the case .

  • Starbuck63

    This is not a bad pick…
    This is a STUPID pick.
    I understand quality and best player available and building depth but this is just not a good decision.
    His level of talent does not stack up to the level of talent available at positions of greater need.
    We are not where we need to be at the linebacker position but it is more of a depth issue, not a lack of starters.
    Cornerback position is lacking on starters AND depth.

    And to add insult to it, Cinci just took Dennard

  • Hard Row

    So, they don’t go nickel on passing downs? I’d rather match up a 3 WR set with a nickel package. Could have had a top CB. Shazier isn’t exactly a bone cruncher vs the run either.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Put up a silly, simplistic comment, get a silly, overly simplistic response.

  • shawn

    i agree with u in regards to Dennard … but sorry Gay is average at best … and a definite weakness in our defense the more time he is allowed to play … sorry thats just the truth regardless of a few good games or one good year … a decent role player YES … the future heck no !

  • Yiz

    Everyone has stated that this draft is loaded with WR&Corners, will be ok. I would’ve liked Fuller but he was gone, Shazier could be a big time playmaker for us at linebacker.

  • WIINGY

    The ILBs stay on the field in the nickel. The Nose Tackle comes off the field.

  • steelster

    wow, the eagles just made a bad pick, marcus smith.

  • shawn

    i see that he will be used at ILB now … doesnt change my opinion on picking too many high picks at LB lately … and disregarding our DBs …

    it would be one thing if we locked them up, but we really mismanaged Worilds and are now paying the price !

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Idk why people don’t like this pick. He ran a 4.37 as an ILB. I thought he would go top 10 cause that talent is too raw to pass up. He played in a 4-3 3-4 hybrid. He would play on the inside on rush downs and he would go after the passer as a OLB on passing downs. So if jarvis or woilrds dont work out he can play olb but if jarvis n worilds work out he will play next to timmons on the inside. If vince williams becomes the player some people are expecting making ILB not a position of need, how hard will it be to let timmons go in a couple years anyway? He cant even get enough of a grasp of the playbook to male the calls without his play suffering severely.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Nobody is calling him the future. But he is a better than average slot CB and the stats support that. He provides them depth and versatility, but no, nobody wants him to start.

  • RASTA

    Can’t teach speed…isn’t that what everyone says? Perfect fit for Lebeau’s last hurrah, and definitely fits with their different strategy I have seen them employing this off season of creating AMAZING camp competitions for starting and sub-package positional battles. Now we have Shazier vs. Spence vs. Williams for the starting spot opposite Timmons(and the non-winners then battling to spell Timmons first), and the fact that I can see more 5LB sets with just Steve and Cam on the line this season; and Shazier can definitely cover the hybrid TE’s. Butler and Porter have most assuredly been setup to succeed for the future with this pick as well. Go Steelers! btw, imho to all of the fans practically fainting over not taking a CB or WR just to take one, when there will actually be plenty of them left tomorrow and Sat., as Dennard will get consistently beat, or penalized in the NFL, and they like the Nebraska WR for our RZ problems, as we obviously didn’t need to draft a #1,2, or 3 WR, just a RZ target who could grow into one of those spots in the future.

  • Yiz

    I agree completely,this draftis deep with WR&Corners. With Fuller gone, I like Shazier over Dennard. Kid was real productive & is extremely athletic, team that with Timmons&Polumalu & that’s a D’s nightmare.

  • shawn

    after Fuller & Verret there is a big drop off to the next tier .. and our 3rd pick is late as it is a comp .. so we really only have one more high pick

  • steelster

    Shazier is going to be a star. Great speed, instincts, tackler, pass coverage, a 3 down linebacker which they really needed. He will be the future leader and heart of the defense.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Without the injuries

  • Weiss Chad

    Damn kinda hoping buccannon in second

  • shawn

    well, i wish that priority would start to shift.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Look for him to to be dpoy he has a knack for getting in the back field and causing fumbles

  • steelster

    Kelvin Benjamin was just taken by the panthers.

  • Starbuck63

    To clarify: By stupid pick I mean not the correct one.
    The guy is a machine and I understand that the linebackers make it possible for the DB’s to get those picks but the best linebacking corps in the world will not make Ike Taylor 5 years younger or William gay an all-pro.

    I just think that the balance between linebackers and DB’s moves too out of balance with this pick.

  • scott2443

    this guy with bald head looks like a baby faced james harrison now if he can grow into one

  • shawn

    he is an option yes … just would like us to improve our secondary and well so far without getting gilbert or fuller we will be rolling the dice with whatever DBs we get in the next rounds

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    That’s where he should have gone

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Yeah, I am just saying we need to be looking at replacing Ike, not worrying about Gay. Ike is going downhill fast.

  • WIINGY

    they will most likely double dip on corners. Should be interesting to see who they draft.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    He’s a pass rushing specialist with zero coverage skills he ain’t playing Mack any time soon #fact

  • pat

    I was thinking the same if v williams pans out at ilb worilds resigns I can see shazier taking troys spot and shark taking gay spot gay or a rookie moving to #2 and allen #1

  • cp72

    I know people are going to hate this pick. He is a great player. Watch one Ohio State game and you will see Shazier flash. He can be a cornerstone of the next generation of the the Steel Curtain. He is gonna be crazy beside Timmons.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Look, this was a stunning pick, and I wasn’t happy with it at first, but there’s a solid case to be made for it. After all, you can only go with the options available to you. Maybe they liked Fuller and Beckham more, but both were gone. Maybe Dennard just wasn’t their guy, maybe no other WR was worth it to them at that point. Or maybe it came down to Shazier and Dennard and they just thought Shazier was the rarer talent and/or that they have a few CBs they can target later on. And if they wanted him, they had to grab him. Apparently Dallas was going to take him with the next pick.

  • steelster

    Shazier has a huge upside. They can and I think will go cb in the second or third.

  • mlc43

    Look, do we need help in our Secondary? Yes…absolutely. Was it a little bit of a surprise they passed up DD? Yes again. However, Shazier is a special player. The dude ran a 4.3…this guy has some major upside. The draft is not over and we can still address other needs. Everyone assumes that our DB problems were all on the CBs and that’s just not right. We did upgrade our Safety position. Stay calm boys..it’s not over yet.

  • Steelers12328882

    wha?

  • Steelers12328882

    really? c’mon!

  • AndyR34

    Well…go root for a team that matches your priority. You’re whining like a baby.

  • Steel LJ

    I love the pick… He will play Mack and start very soon
    I think the second round pick will be D-line Nix,Hageman, or Tuitt one of the 3 will be there
    And the 3rd will be a WR Landry I hope

  • Steelers12328882

    Hey are you the guy that wanted to bet a pair of panties that more than 1 QB would be drafted before the 15th pick? lol just wondering. I’ll look for the article over the weekend.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That is where I am leaning in the 2nd. A lot of good DL in the 2nd!

  • Iron Cadet

    wrongo. he can definitely cover and stop the run. over 100 tackles last season, or were they all on the qb? im pretty sure colbert and tomlin just said that he will be playing mack very soon. fact

  • mlc43

    I did think more than one would go. I had bortles and manziel going. Back then I thought bridge water had a chance but he just kept falling and falling. I don’t remember a panties bet but it could have been me…especially if you’re talking months ago. In case your wondering I was also the one that said bortles would be the first to go and that he and Carr would be the best of this class.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I hope so

  • Ike Evans

    U just agreed with me bro…..timmons played OLB in a 4-3 in college….he plays ILB In a 3-4 in the pros….that’s exactly wat I just said

  • Jeff

    Athletically a freak.. High Character… Can play inside and outside…

    Overall a solid selection IMO

  • stellarsfan

    Hoping we go Matthews/Latimer/robinson in 2nd, McGill/Watkins/Desir in 3rd

  • atlanta412

    Spazier will play inside. Steelers staff know are wanting an ILB that can run and cover these tight ends. Great pick. Steelers were trying to make this move when they drafted Sean Spence. Everyone wants to pass today and teams are running the ball less especially with a lead blocker his size won’t be a problem and will play to his advantage 4.3 40 built for speed and with a motor similar to Cam Heyward. Tomlin will get the defense he has wanted all along.

  • atlanta412

    Can’t wait for Jordan Matthews pick in round two.

  • shawn

    if you’re going to act like an immature child … u should probably use another site … this is for opinions … get a grip !

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    Both Buckeyes can end up being leaders of this defense soon. Hewyard is already starting to.

  • shawn

    i actually disagree a little … still think Ike is much better than Gay … ( i know not saying much, both are sub standard) but realistically we have to look at replacing both as the slot CB is truly a Starting CB in the game now and Gay by your own admission should not be starting … i actually like him as a back up or role player!

    Bottom line is we need 2 more STARTING QUALITY CBs after this year !

  • Addison

    More I think about it the more I like it. Now Troy can go back to his natural position of SS. That was a Real Problem last year. It’s starting to make real sense. The secondary is always better with Troy in the box rotating with Thomas. Get a DE or NT and the Linebackers should be set for years.

  • Louis Goetz

    The Steelers haven’t continuously invested in Spence because there’s a massive question mark regarding whether or not he can play. While he wasn’t taking up a roster spot while on IR, he sure was taking up cap space on a cap strapped team. If there was a question regarding whether he could play again or not, they would’ve given him an injury settlement and told him to come back when he’s healthy.

  • Steelers58

    Why wasted pick. Not many rookies come in and play right away. Did u say the same thing when Troy was drafted. Besides what’s the rush? We r building a solid defense . We r gonna need another two yrs before we get good again.

  • Johnny Loose

    This is the kind of player who can be a cornerstone in the transition of this defense. He’s an athletic freak who will be able to fill just about any role we could imagine on defense, literally. I’m so glad we ended up with an ELITE prospect from this draft, which he most certainly is. His athletic ability speaks for itself, and so does his college production. Anyone who is not excited about the prospect of taking Shazier at 15 needs to take their 1st round CB/WR shades off for just a minute and look at what we have in this kid. I’m telling you, this one can be SPECIAL, just wait. Great pick. #GoSteelers

  • Johnny Loose

    One more thing, we talked for 5 months about how this draft is deep at CB and WR. So if you’re already whining after only one round about no WR or CB, please go find yourself a binky.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    When I say starting, I actually mean top 2. Gay is a more than adequate #3 corner. You can read the article on here about how Gay belongs on the slot for some of the evidence why.

  • Steelers58

    We’re u saying he was on drugs when we went to three superbowls

  • Hard Row

    so you just go 3 WR vs the Steelers then gash them with the run up the middle because Shazier can’t shed blocks.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Dude the whole defense was bad, and one bad game really and against a hof QB.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Why? Laundry list of medical red flags,

  • cp72

    How sick is 39.5 TFL’s in the last two years!!

  • joed32

    If Ike had hands we would not have been able to afford to keep him.

  • joed32

    Pro day.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Please don’t throw stats from a 15 overall pick to a 5 round slot CB (at best).. Shazir has a ton of tackles for loss because he is blitzing non stop which is what he SHOULD be doing. He’s better than Worilds he can start over him eventually. But if they plan on him playing Mack he is going to need to be coached up in coverage skills!- which is a waste IMO the kid needs to be going after the QB

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    think what you will and who cares. The Bengals have not done well drafting cornerbacks in round one

  • Iron Cadet

    Well when Colbert says ryan shadzier ilb from Ohio state, I don’t know why there would be any confusion about where he is going to play. He can cover he can stop the run and he can get the qb, watch some tape on him. I compared his coverage stats to that of an nfl corner back. Ike gay and Cortez were all 4th or 5th round picks, that doesn’t make u a bad player.

  • joed32

    What does that have to do with Ike?

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    True, and that is a concern. He also has a lower ceiling than Shazier, but he is a much more polished ILB right now, and has a higher floor, if you know what I mean.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I never said he’s a bad player. But his game ha getting after the QB and stopping the run.There is a reason he has so many tackles for loss! The kid has potential to be great but he will be a work in progress. I am still not sold on Worilds and I think if Spence gets back to his Miami form Shazier should replace Worilds. Again it’s just my opinion. But the kid is going to need work on his coverage skills.

  • Louis

    I guess my sarcasm didn’t show through.

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, I think they’re building a solid defense; but this kid was picked #15 this yr, Jarvis Jones #17 last yr. The Steelers no longer have the luxury of sitting players for two yrs. Look at how many players have rode the pine for three yrs, started their fourth, left via Free Agency afterwards. Not smart.