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04/15/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: *Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, 6-1, 237, 4.58, 1-2...Former prep sensation as defensive end, played both inside and outside linebacker for Buckeyes and is the ultimate team-first player, although not a vocal leader. Rangy athlete with a combination of excellent instinct, explosive first step and stunning closing burst. His 101 tackles in 2013 ranks behind only Tom Cousineau (142) and Chris Spielman (105) at OSU. Frankly: Other than being a bit lean and stiff, Shazier comes with everything it takes to be a consistent impact player in the NFL, including above-average instincts and quickness that helps him look like a natural. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/15/14 - Five players who should be on the Denver Broncos' draft radar: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: While the hole at guard may be literally bigger than at linebacker, this is clearly the largest concern on the defensive side of the ball. A traditional inside linebacker to replace free agent defection Wesley Woodyward (Titans) might be the ticket but should an instinctive, explosive athlete like Ryan Shazier still be on the board in the first round, he'd certainly make sense, as well. Any team looking for an infusion of physicality could be especially intrigued by Shazier, who ranks among the more fearless defenders in the 2014 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 1 Pro Day takeaways...1. Who needs a hamstring? Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was unofficially clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash Friday despite struggling with a hamstring injury. The 6-1, 237-pound linebacker had previously wowed by leading the combine with a 42-inch vertical and -- oh, by the way -- led the Big Ten with 143 tackles this past season. Shazier's workout was terrific but like every other linebacker in the 2014 draft, he's chasing Buffalo's Khalil Mack when it comes to draft position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Ryan Shazier, Carlos Hyde battling hamstring injuries...Shazier has always has the reputation of being an excellent athlete, but he is a bit undersized at 6-1. He does play with a strong combination of speed and instincts that enables him to arrive at the ball quickly and deliver bone-jarring hits. He racked up 143 tackles, including 22.5 for loss, last season to display the impact plays he's capable of making consistently. While a hamstring injury wouldn't appear to be a major drawback, Shazier does have a history of minor injuries that have kept him off the field. And while he can't do anything about his height - and his frame may not hold additional bulk well - Shazier will need to work to improve his timing in arriving at the ballcarrier in the NFL as well as clean up some of his tackling technique.
NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang sees Shazier as a good fit for the Packers' 3-4 scheme with the 21st overall pick in his current mock draft, while listing him at No. 16 on his Big Board. "I feel like I can be whatever a coach and team wants me to be," Shazier said after Friday's workout when asked what scheme he would fit best in. - The Sports Xchange
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Ryan Shazier, Carlos Hyde battling hamstring injuries...Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury, but clocked an unofficial 4.36-second 40-yard dash at Ohio State's pro day. While the nagging hamstring injury is a concern, the 40 time is very impressive for an outside linebacker. Representatives from 29 teams were on-hand to watch 16 prospects, and each will have their own times for Shazier from the workout. If they also recorded times near the 4.4-second range, Shazier will have displayed excellent straight-line speed that will solidify his draft stock. Shazier (6-1, 237) is the third-ranked outside linebacker by NFLDraftScout.com and projected as a late-first or early-second round pick. His 42-inch vertical jump at the Scouting Combine led all athletes in Indianapolis, and he also posted and impressive 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump. - The Sports Xchange