Size – 6020e -225e – 4.57e
Strong Points – Excellent athlete with speed, instinctive, physical, productive, defense run, pass drop and coverage, tackle, very competitive
Weak Points – Size, can get over powered at the point at times
2013 Stats - 143 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles
Summation- Shazier is a third-year junior who is entering the Draft. He has been a starter at Ohio State since the latter part of his freshman season in 2011. He has been very productive, but I don’t see the same tackle production on tape that the Ohio State shows in its stats. I charted four games, and there are plays he gets credit for when he is the third guy in on a tackle.
Shazier does not have a typical linebacker's frame. He looks more the part of a big strong safety. He is lean with very long arms. While he has good overall strength, he is more explosive than strong. This will show, at times, when he has to take on big offensive linemen at the point of attack. He is better at slipping blocks than taking on and shedding, but he still has quick hands and does a good overall job.
Shazier has very good instincts and a nose for the ball. He anticipates very well and is a quick reactor. With his speed, athleticism, and competitiveness, he finds a way to get to the ball. He gets his high number of tackles for loss because he can shoot a gap before a blocker can get on him. While he is good versus the inside run, he is excellent versus the outside run. He takes very good pursuit angles and has great speed for a linebacker.
Despite not having top size, Shazier is a very good blitzer. He has a knack for finding an opening and does an excellent job timing his blitzes. He has an excellent burst coming off a block to close and is very aggressive.
Ryan is also very good in coverage. With his speed and athleticism, he matches up well versus backs and tight ends. He has the suddenness to play man and is alert in zone. His ball skills are good.
Overall, Shazier best fits a 4-3 team as a Will linebacker. In a Tampa-2 type scheme, he can be a future All Pro. He needs to gain some bulk and learn how to shed lineman a little better. At this time, I don’t see him as a good fit to play in a 3-4. He just doesn’t have the bulk that most 3-4 teams are looking for. He is a probable first round pick.
Grade A 6.7