Ryan Shazier: Hits & Highlights

Written by Dan Gigler on .


Shock worn off yet?

After months of essentially taking it as an article of faith for months -- to the point of being lulled to sleep by draft analysis -- that Pittsburgh would address major needs and take either a cornerback or wide receiver (in a draft full of good ones at both positions), the Steelers instead stun basically the entire football following public by selecting Ohio St. linebacker Ryan Shazier. 

Pure genius or sheer stupidity, per that bastion of always even-handed opinion: the Internet.

Only time will tell. But in the mean time, here's what you need to know about the newest Steeler linebacker:

He is a Ft. Lauderdale native and son of the Miami Dolphins team chaplain.

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He was headed to Florida before following Urban Meyer to Columbus, where he is among the best linebackers in school history, which is really saying something.

He won a rib-eating contest in high school

He is superfast and hits like a cannonball. 


*** Shazier's official Ohio State bio.

*** Nice profile on his background.

*** Excellent breakdown of his ability from SB Nation.

*** His combine interview: "I am a hit and run linebacker"

*** Recent interview on Rome.

*** His National Football Post Scouting Report.

*** Apparently coveted by the Patriots, NESN named him to their all-freak athlete team.

*** Reactions to his freaky good pro day numbers

*** CBS Sports gives Steelers a B+ for the pick.

*** His Twitter. His hashtag is #stayhumbleeatcrumbs. You've gotta like a guy with an attitude like that.

*** His Instagram, where he noted being moved by seeing the 9/11 Memorial in New York this week.

*** This hit has become Buckeyes legend. Cleveland Magazine even waxed poetic about it.

*** These hits aren't too shabby either: 

*** Finally, keeping in mind that they always look good in a highlight reel -- hence the name -- this kid looks prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay, pretty good. Have a look: 

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