Steelers Sign First Round Draft Pick LB Ryan Shazier

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their second week of OTA practices on Thursday and they also wrapped up a contract with first-round draft pick, linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Shazier, an Ohio State product, signed a four-year contract that should total out at around $9.5 million and include a signing bonus somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.234 million

Based on where he was drafted, a good portion of Shazier’s contract should be fully guaranteed. It also will include a fifth-year option that the Steelers can pick up.

Shazier is expected to start at inside linebacker for the Steelers in 2014 after registering 101 tackles, 22.5 for losses last season for the Buckeyes.

The Steelers now have six of their nine draft picks under contract as only Stephon Tuitt, Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant remain unsigned.

  • Steve

    Good news signing Shazier, 3 more signings to go. Dave – Thanks for keeping us informed

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  • srdan

    Every day that goes by the more excited I am about this pick. It just makes sense

  • cp72

    Watched 3 games worth of Shazier on Big Ten network. Here is my very amateur opinion of what I observed.

    The bad: Had problems disengaging blocks once the offensive player got on him. Looked small in traffic and got pinballed around. Lost the edge several times resulting big runs by Michigan. Looked indecisive at times taking to many false steps. Don’t think I would call him instinctive.

    The good: When he trusts what he sees he looks like he was shot out if a cannon. Looked comfortable dropping into coverage. Tackles with power. Was better in goal line situations than I expected from a player his size. If he comes clean on a vlitz the QB doesn’t stand a chance. Can knife through small holes to make plays.

    The verdict: Think we will be effective in our defense if he’s covered up. Don’t know if we have ever had as pure of athlete play inside linebacker as he is. I do think he will be a slight liability against the run, but a big upgrade in coverage over Williams. If I am an offensive guy in the middle of the field I would be nervous with Timmons and Shazier roaming around in therem

  • Matt Manzo

    I love the new rookie contracts! No more $60 million dollar signing bonuses for every 1st rounder!
    I think Shaziers gonna be special!

  • westcoasteeler

    Here’s $5mil dollars. Now go sack their QB.

  • shawn

    Good Work … I havent seen much play on him but like you Im concerned about the same things … I am high on the pick mostly because everyone appears to be high on him … but the things you mentioned like problems disengaging and trouble in traffic i think are legitimate concerns … We really need him to be able to do well against the run regardless of his athletic prowess in other areas !

  • cp72

    He was fun and painful to watch. He would make these really splashy plays that made you go wow. You could see that 4.38 speed. Then he would totally get washed out on a few run plays where he looked like he was on roller skates.

    They moved him all over the place. My guess is to keep the defense guessing where he was. His d-line didn’t do him any favors. They were all pretty much up the field guys and didn’t tie up lineman. He was taking on way to many guards and tackles and struggled when he was forced to.

  • shawn

    thanks for the more in depth look … appreciate it … Im much more of a skill position talent evaluator … actually takes me very little film to get a bead on skill position players (QB, WR, RB, CB ) and be confident of what to expect ….

    but with other positions … im just not familiar enough and would have to look at tons and tons of film and be more familiar with their work ethic and other things to be comfortable judging them … so i usually end up listening to the consensus of others and try to take away & filter what i can from them !

  • steeltown

    That’s why Timmons is being moved to BUCK to allow Shazier to play the MAC position, he in theory will take on less blockers at that position and can truly be a backside pursuit, run and hit LB

  • steeltown

    2nd this

  • steeltown

    Very nice


    Yea…good point Manzo…the rookie salary slotting has made it much easier to get players signed also…a top 15 pick like Shazier will still do okay financially, but it’s that 2nd contract now that pretty much sets you up for life.

    I’m still on the fence with him being the day one starter, but I wouldn’t hold him back if he’s playing fast…meaning he knows what he’s supposed to be doing and not thinking about it much.