Steelers draft capsule: Ryan Shazier



Ryan Shazier (First round, No. 15 overall)

Pos: ILB * Ht: 6-1 * Wt: 237 * School: Ohio State

About the pick: Played inside and outside linebacker at Ohio State, but will be inside linebacker with Steelers. … His speed (4.35 in the 40) and playmaking abilities biggest reasons Steelers liked him. … Lacks ideal size and needs to get stronger but makes up for it with speed and burst. … Rangy athlete with terrific acceleration. … Team leader with strong personal and football character. Mike Tomlin calls him a “football junkie” and said he has “no holes” in his game. Butkus Award finalist and Bednarik and Lott award semifinalist. … Versatile skill-set to drop in coverage, blitz and cover both sidelines. Undisputed leader of Ohio State defense that ranked seventh nationally against the run and 21st in scoring. … Very productive career with back-to-back seasons of 115-plus tackles. His 103 solo tackles last season were third most by a Buckeye in a single season. Had 143 total tackles, which led the Big 10 and ranked 10th nationally. Was only player in Division I-A to have 20+ tackles for loss and 100 tackles in 2013. … Played in 39 games, starting his final 29 at inside and weakside outside linebacker. Had 315 tackles, 14 sacks, 44.5 tackles for loss, nine quarterback pressures and nine forced fumbles in his career. Had only one interception, but returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Deflected 15 other passes. Tomlin said: “What we needed was a defensive playmaker. He fits the bill in that regard.” … Became just sixth Ohio State player to record 200+ tackles in his career, despite having another season of eligibility. … Born Sept. 6, 1992, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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