Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Skov could man the middle of the Redskins defense for years to come.
Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov is a young man who has learned some hard lessons in life, despite a star-studded college career.
After shining as a Cardinal freshman, Skov was voted the team's most outstanding sophomore in 2010. But, in the third game of his junior season, he blew out his knee.
After a grueling rehabilitation, Shayne returned for an impressive senior season, but it was overshadowed by a DUI arrest and one-game suspension.
Now, Skov hopes an NFL team will take a chance on him in the second or third round of April's draft.
If the Redskins wish to replace aging middle linebacker London Fletcher, they can do so with Skov, who has played his entire college career in a 3-4 defense.
In Stanford's stunning Week 12 upset of top-ranked Oregon, Skov led a Cardinal defense that limited the high-flying Ducks to just two touchdowns. Oregon came in averaging over 35 points per game, so the accomplishment was extra special for Shayne, who was voted the NCAA's Defensive Player of the Week.
According to WalterFootball.com:
Skov is a perfect fit in the 3-4 scheme. He attacks the line of scrimmage, is a hard hitter and has a tenacious attitude. He is also an excellent interior blitzer and has good agility to weave by blockers and get pressure on the quarterback.
Skov could also receive a good reference from San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. As Stanford's former head coach, Harbaugh is tight with Skov and helped groom Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener.
Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage
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