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Buckeyes Looking For A Better Showing In The 2014 Draft

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Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of Ohio State's most disruptive defensive playmakers. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of Ohio State's most disruptive defensive playmakers. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.

Shazier was All-Big Ten as a sophomore after leading the Buckeyes in tackles with 115, 17 of which were behind the line of scrimmage. Shazier also had five sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception on the year.

At 6-2, 222, Shazier has the frame to develop into one of the best in a line of great Buckeyes linebackers. Shazier has great speed for the position and in 2012 showed good instincts for a second-year linebacker. He has a good grasp of coverage and sees route combinations unfold, plus he demonstrates the ability to run down offensive players and punish ball carriers. Shazier was a one-man wrecking crew against Nebraska, tallying 10 tackles, two for a loss, and one sack. 

Shazier will have a decision to make at the end of the 2013 season. If he has another year like his sophomore season, he likely will be one of the top juniors declaring for the draft.