Oct 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) gets a defensive signal from the sideline against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 63-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier is '50/50' on NFL Draft decision


When the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers face off on Friday night in the 2014 Orange Bowl, a number of players will be entering the game with their NFL status still up in the air.

Among those who will have a draft decision to make are Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Miller is expected to announce his decision by the end of the week, while Shazier is still undecided.

A source close to the situation told FanSided.com that Shazier is still “50/50″ on whether or not to go pro. He will have until the January 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare before making his decision.

Last month, Shazier filed paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board and he received a second-round grade.

Shazier will discuss his future with his coaches after the conclusion of the Orange Bowl.

As one of the most productive linebackers in the nation — 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles, four pass breakups and six quarterback hurries — Shazier would be an interesting prospect. He also has the ability to run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash, so he could catch the attention of NFL scouts during offseason workouts if he were to declare.

While Shazier appears to be a lock on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft if he decides to go pro, there is a chance that he could work his way into the late first-round discussion.

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