As Ohio State prepares for the Orange Bowl against Clemson, there is a lot of speculation about the future of a couple of their players. Cornerback Bradley Roby already made his intentions clear to declare for the NFL Draft and took part in the Buckeyes’ senior day. The focus is on linebacker Ryan Shazier and quarterback Braxton Miller.
“I’m leaning towards staying.” -Shazier on NFL and college. He said he will sit down with coaches and family to discuss details.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 13, 2013
From Ohio State beat writer from Eleven Warriors, Kyle Rowland provided this quote about Shazier’s thought process on the situation. Shazier has tremendous athleticism and closing speed to play in the NFL. He seems to be a natural weak side linebacker in that could be of interest to some 3-4 teams that could use him a number of roles from outside linebacker to inside linebacker and a tremendous player in pass coverage. There are some questions about his size and ability to hold up against blockers, but he has been a terrific player and should still go quite high if he declares.
The one thing that hurts Shazier is the value that the NFL Draft seems to place on weak side linebackers and pure linebackers in general. They tend to slip in the draft slightly. Lavonte David is a good example who is one of the best in the NFL; he still slipped to the second round.
That could have an impact on Shazier’s decision as could the potential for a national championship run next year. Many believed the Buckeyes were one year away this year and they almost clinched a spot in the National Championship. That could have a big impact on his decision, but should he declare, he might be the best pure WILL in this year’s class. Shazier has until January 15th to make a decision.