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05/12/14 - Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...Colbert acknowledged they may have had bigger needs elsewhere, but just could not pass up a playmaker like Shazier, Ohio State's most dominant defender. "He's a defensive playmaker," mike Tomlin said. "Bigger than anything, bigger than position needs, what we needed was a defensive playmaker." The Steelers have just three starters left from their 2012 defense - Timmons, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu. They have weeded out everybody else over the course of the past two seasons that made them such great defenses and helped deliver Lombardi Trophies. Among the departed: Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley.

Old and slow is how Warren Sapp called that aging defense three years ago. Shazier is now the second straight linebacker they've taken in the first round. Jarvis Jones, selected with the 17th pick in 2013, started at right outside linebacker as a rookie. Shazier, Jones, Timmons and Jason Worilds give the Steelers a starting quartet of linebackes with speed and explosiveness as they try to rediscover the Blitzburgh formula. "He is a guy who will be on his feet making sideline-to-sideline tackles associated with today's football," Tomlins said of his newest rookie. "Quite frankly, the man doesn't have any holes." Yet after passing up cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line Thursday night, the Steelers still have many. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/14 - Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...With cornerback and wide receiver their apparent biggest needs, the Pittsburgh Steelers went elsewhere in the first round of the draft and for good reason, according to their general manager. With the 15th pick of the draft, they took the fastest linebacker available, Ryan Shazier of Ohio State, with the idea he will boost a defense desperate for speed and big plays. "This guy can flat-out run," said Colbert about the 6-1, 237-pounder who timed at 4.36 at Ohio State's Pro Day. "The offenses continue to spread out and you need speed. You need speed at linebacker, your secondary; you need speed everywhere. This kid has unique ability to make plays not only at him, but plays laterally as well."

The Steelers have come up woefully short doing that the past few seasons. Not long ago one of the most feared defenses in the NFL, the Steelers fell off sharply in 2012 and 2013 in both sacks and forced turnovers. They also slipped from No. 1 in yards allowed in 2012 to No. 13 in the NFL last season. The Steelers plan to put him at the mack linebacker position next to Lawrence Timmons, their first-round pick in 2007, and it should not take him long to start. Last year's starter was rookie sixth-round pick Vince Williams. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/14 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 1/15 - Ryan Shazier, ILB, 6-1, 237, Ohio State...Steelers bypassed more obvious needs at CB, WR to take what they believe to be a dominant playmaker with lightning quickness and 4.36 speed. He eventually will be a three-down linebacker, playing in all of their sub packages. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 19/3. *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State, 6-1, 237, 4.38, 1...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, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Denver Broncos...LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: Cornerback could be tempting, but if Shazier is on the board, the Broncos can stop the revolving door at middle linebacker and also find an every-down linebacker as a complement to Danny Trevathan on the weak side. Shazier would provide a boost of speed and power that the unit craves. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
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