An elite tackler with exceptional athleticism, Ryan Shazier has been a terror at Ohio State the past three seasons, while posting 249 tackles over the past two seasons. While he’s not going to be ideal for every system and he doesn’t necessarily look all that imposing at first glance, Shazier is destined to be an impact player at the next level. To get a better idea as to how good he can be in the NFL, let’s analyze his pros and cons as we continue to prep for the 2014 NFL Draft: Strengths

  • Exceptional athlete with terrific speed and explosiveness
  • Sideline to sideline defender
  • Excellent in pursuit
  • Closes in on runners quickly
  • Sure tackler, wraps up extremely well
  • Ferocious hitter, looks to deliver the big hit while picking his spots
  • Natural play-maker with great instincts in the open field
  • Tremendous football IQ and awareness
  • Solid versatility should allow him to play any linebacker position if need be
  • Great team leader and fiery competitor


  • A tad under-sized
  • Lean frame, could stand to add some bulk
  • Will sometimes chase the big hit instead of getting the sure tackle
  • Could work on focus and discipline
  • Can be a tad overaggressive

Summary Shazier is just a football player. He seems to always be around the ball, making plays. He’s a strong leader with a great work ethic and a passion for the game. He’s already an elite talent and will work harder to get even better. He has the skill-set and awareness to make an immediate impact for his new team in 2014. Draft Range: End of First Round NFL Player Comparison: Lavonte David Teams That Should Be Interested: Bengals, 49ers and Broncos Ohio State Highlights:

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