Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Ryan Shazier, LB Ohio State

Created on Apr. 18, 2014 6:41 PM EST



2013 STATS: 144 TKL, 7.0 SACKS

STRENGTHS: Shazier is a tackling machine, with his 102 solo tackles in 2013 ranking third all-time for a single-season at Ohio State. Plays the game with incredible intelligence and always seems to be in the right spot to make a play. Great athlete who ran a sub-4.4 40 yard dash at his pro day and uses his speed to quickly force quarterbacks out of the pocket when he blitzes. He's a versatile player who played both outside and inside linebacker for the Buckeyes and developed into a great leader for the school during his three year tenure.

WEAKNESSES: He doesn't appear to have much room to get bigger, so he will need to continue strengthening his current frame to help shed blockers. At times, big offensive lineman in the Big Ten had their way with Shazier when he tried to blitz. Despite his high tackle numbers, his technique isn't always great and he fails to wrap up ball carriers at times. In the NFL, shoulder tackles won't bring down running backs. He struggles at times in man coverage and can lose his assignment. Has had issues keeping his emotions in check during games and picked up some unnecessary penalties in the process.

WHERE HE FITS: Shazier isn't the biggest linebacker out there, but he has great athleticism and leadership intangibles. The Seahawks don't have a great need at linebacker at the current moment, but with K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner quickly approaching free agency, drafting a potential replacement for one of them might be a smart move. Seattle would like to retain both players, but with a tight salary cap situation, that might not be feasible. The Seahawks could even look at trading one of those guys to pick up additional draft picks. At pick 32, Shazier would most likely be the best linebacker available if the team chose to go that route.
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