Steelers Still Hope LB Sean Spence Can Come Back Despite Addition Of Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

The selection Thursday night of Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft might be taken as a sign by many that inside linebacker Sean Spence might not ever make it back to the football field.

During the post selection press conference, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked about Spence, who suffered a serious knee injury during the 2012 preseason finale of his rookie season.

“We got hope for Sean Spence to come back, but we can never have enough good players at any one position,” said Colbert.

During the press conference, Colbert talked about Shazier’s lateral ability and he was then asked if that was some of the same traits that attracted them to Spence in 2012.

“Sean had some of the similar talents,” said Colbert. “He ran in the four-five’s and so far in the coaching sessions that he’s been able to take part in, he looks great, he looks healthy and we hope to have him in the mix.”

Shazier is expected to start off at the mack linebacker position, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, who added that a few other players might be moved around. That likely means that Lawrence Timmons might eventually be moved over to the buck spot and Vince Williams might be moved to the sideline.

As for Spence, he is reportedly healthy and the upcoming OTA sessions will likely let the coaching staff know for sure whether he can fully make it back.

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  • ApexSteel

    Good. We’re going to need all the speed we can get to chase down those receivers that burn Ike from week to week.

  • AzheDraven

    Last time (I remember) they snatched a player the Cowboys were ready to pick well… Lynn Swann.
    Still dont understand but I trust them and have a good feeling.

  • scott2443

    because of spence coming back this year was a reason i didnt think they go lber but cb ….i know they will pick up a cb in one rounds but they dont have 3 to 4 years to wait for a another rookie to sit on side lines while taylor gets beat again this year deep and another year older i am so glad now they got guy from miami …ryan is worth a pick but think we needed a ready or very soon ready to start db

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

    Spence is better than Shazir “if” he can’t back to his normal form… Spence is Troy Palamalu at MLB!!!!! Shazir IMO will eventually replace worilds

  • steeltown

    Still a lot of unknowns with Spence, J.Jones and V.Williams not to mention the contract with Worilds.. I was not thinking ILB in this draft, but this Shazier is the most intriguing of the group. Crazy athleticism, can cover TEs or rush the passer

  • Matt Manzo

    Covering TEs and being able to hit is what I liked about him!

  • NimbusHex

    I’m starting to think the reason I don’t understand these picks is
    because they don’t make any sense, not because Colbert and company knows
    something I don’t.

  • Richard Edlin

    We can’t have too many good players at a position … unless that position is CB, where it’s important to have too few?

  • Douglas Andrews

    I agree with Tomlin you can’t have enough playmakers on the field. Gotta admit this was a surprise pick for me until i looked back at how the draft unfolded. Overall Shazier is a freak at his position. I like V Williams and i’m really rooting for Sean Spence to come back but Shazier is an instant upgrade at the position. He’s a tackling machine with the ability to be on the field on 3 downs. He gives us all kinds of possibilities now in situational football.

  • steeltown

    You called it

  • John C

    Exactly!!!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Sleeper pick for me as I didn’t see this one but this guys tape and combine leaves you impressed. Great pick give us flexibility and an instant upgrade.

  • John C

    My point exactly….pick up a CB in 2, 3 or 4th you are waiting 3-4 years….Dennard would be starting by the end of the year in season 1….then draft another one next season cause “I’m always hurt” Allen and “not that there’s anything wrong with that” Gay are not the answers!!

  • John C

    EXACTLY!!!! WTF guys…..we need a freakin CB!!!!

  • Ike Evans

    Right cuz we only have 1 pick in this draft

  • steelster

    The 2015 first round cb class is stronger than this year. So cb may be the way to go.

  • steelster

    well said

  • Matt Manzo

    I was still shocked, thought they’d take Dennard! But it shows that we’re headed towards a different kinda D, and Shaziers perfect for it!

  • roy beckford

    I think we’ll get one in the second hoping for someone like Philip gains we brought him in for a visit I hope they like what they saw

  • roy beckford

    This pick was solid he’s versatile can play inside and outside on passing downs he can play outside and have spence play the middle still have good speed to cover the pass and still rush the qb

  • Steelers58

    Great pick. Build our defense up the middle. Let’s pray Nix falls to us in the second rd. solid up the middle with speed.

  • RMSteeler

    More flexibility than a CB. Would love to see Spence and Shazier both on the field in the dime against Brady and Manning. With Cleveland getting Manziel, I like having both of these guys even better. Watch for more happy feet from Flacco and Dalton even if Spence doesn’t make it back. Would like to see Shazier as the Buck once he learns the defense. QB’s would have to account for him on every play.

  • shawn

    They better … it just seems to me that i rarely see the Steelers do anything that remotely resembles the word “SHREWD” when it comes to the draft lately

  • shawn

    You’ve been high on him for a while … hope ur right … would have much rather had gilbert but oh well … hope this works out … still not sure how we are going to fill 2 starting CB roles ( Ike replacement -outside + CB to cover Slot) using Ike and Gay is at best a stop gap procedure until next year …

    doubt we can get 2 guys from draft at this point …. if we double dip here on out we will be lucky to fill one of these roles .. they are either going to have to triple dip, make a trade for a quality DB or go in 2015 with substandard CBs or a rook CB with no exp … not many other options

  • shawn

    what is ur opinion on Timmons moving over like Colbert/Tomlin has said .. will that hinder his play … did he do that before, can’t remember or was it when he played OLB that his play was poor ?

  • shawn

    Do u think he has a realistic shot at starting or getting considerable playing time this year … or will he likely sit for a year and be used in spot situations … because thats what i was primarily worried about with such a pick ?

  • shawn

    well said

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s the only thing that sucks about picking Shazier, it screws up CB and WR.
    I think we might get lucky or pull another sleeper pick with Desir in 2, or Matthews in 2 and Watkins in 3. I’d be happy with that!

  • atlanta412

    Love the pick for that reason. Can also cover the big Rec and bully a slot receiver. 4.3 40. Def a 3 down LB.

  • shawn

    I actually am optimistic for our 2nd round pick, even though a couple guys i liked are gone (Benjamin and Buchannon) I think Desir is worth a gamble but not sure worth a 2nd round gamble and our 3rd round pick is too late ..

    I would be cool with Tuitt, Matthews or Adams .. mixed on Nix … if FO is sold on him and Mclendon moves over solving our DE id be cool with it i guess … Amaro or the Wash TE would be another option …

    Just can’t see how they could screw the 2nd round pic up … should be a good one, but because we didnt get a CB I’m almost against a WR so early and would rather stick with Def (either a DE, CB, NT) we can get a WR/TE next year i guess

    Boy how we need a mid 3rd round pick !

  • Matt Manzo

    I hope Tuitt falls to our second! But w/out a CB or WR I’d like to target those in the next 2 rounds. And hope for a Hart, Urban or Clarke later for DL.
    Seems the WRs are better than the CBs in rnd 2? We should be able to choose between Matthews, Robinson, Adams and Moncreif.
    Next batch of CBs I like is Desir, Reynolds, SJB, Watkins.

  • shawn

    You are right 2nd round WRs are MUCH better than 2nd round CBs … the next best batch of CBs will prob go in 3rd round …. but i really dont think we can afford to pick a WR in round 2 considering our 1st round pick was more of a luxury pick than a need ( yes a slight need, but we could have gotten away with Williams for another year and have been hopeful he progressed)

    Actually i am very high on getting a big WR, but the truth is we can get away with out it for another year, while we can’t get away with out getting some Def help like in CB, and DE … so to get somebody that will be starter quality we can’t really wait after the 2nd round .. hence i think we need to go Tuitt, or Nix in 2nd and Desir or Gaines in 3rd … it sux, but that is why it was so important to have traded back and have gotten another 2nd/3rd round pick !

  • 68mustang

    This.

  • joed32

    It was at OLB.

  • joed32

    And chase down Johnny Football!

  • Smokin_Smiley

    this was mainly for the forty something percent we are in sub packages at first that’s where we were getting burned last year by the run since theres only 2 d lineman on the field they needed some more pressure and someone that could help shore up outside runs in sub pakages. this pick is smart and makes there lb stable really good. hopefully we trade back in second to pick up another third and go de hopefully tuitt falls but doubt it.still unexpected but great first pick

  • shawn

    thanks !

  • SfSteeler

    this new speed is nice, with his 4.4 and Mitchells 4.4 at safety, the middle of the field is covered…

    sounds like some wanted an early CB selection in Dennard, so he could start quicker than a 2/3 round CB, but the kid did drop down to 24 for a reason…

    hate that he went to the Bungles!

  • steeltown

    I don’t know, but im sure Timmons can do it. He’s been around long enough im sure he can play both inside positions and make defensive play calls

  • steeltown

    Not to leave out Shamarko and his 4.42

  • steeltown

    Gilbert and Fuller were gone and they liked Shazier far more than Dennard

  • steeltown

    Exactly, we were pretty terrible outside the tackles last year

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya! DL needs to be addressed. I’m hoping Enunwa is there in 5. I’d even be happy taking him at 4! Jeff Janis, too, not sure where he’s projected but I’d be ok waiting til the end of draft for our big WR, for the reasons you stated. I think Moore and DHB can be productive enough for us.
    But Enunwa and Janis seem like special players!

  • SfSteeler

    o god, no way, hes gonna save our season with those cover skills