Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford (HT: 6’2”, WT: 245 lbs)
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- Highly intelligent player who is a step ahead of plays mentally.
- Diagnoses plays by reading keys, reacts to what he sees faster than most linebackers do.
- Quick feet in the short area to elude blockers or change directions.
- Picks his way through traffic with developed hand usage and foot quickness.
- Productive making plays in the backfield for an off-ball linebacker.
- Disciplined in pursuit angles to fill from inside out.
- Immense timing to hit holes with a head of steam as a blitzer.
- Generates power from speed on blitzes and delivers a blow with his hands.
- Reads high hats and gets to his spots in zone coverage quickly.
- Uses hands to get physical with tight ends and disrupt their release.
- Disrupts the catch point effectively when positioned well.
- Effective coming forward from coverage to play quarterbacks who leave the pocket.
- Skilled at taking on blocks by extending arms and maintaining balance on contact.
- Always meets blocks with his hands and plays off cut blocks effectively.
- Instinctively spins away from contact and into holes.
- Limits yards after contact with powerful tackles in one-on-one situations.
- Rakes through the ball as a tackler and forces fumbles at a high rate.
- Is a mechanical athlete who isn’t very smooth in his movements.
- Stiff in the lower half, struggles to change directions at full speed.
- Range to the sidelines and open-field speed to close are both average.
- Plays very high without exception, doesn’t bend at the knees much.
- Doesn’t cover ground quickly enough working laterally and gets caught by blockers.
- Athletic limitations for man coverage or dropping into deep zones.
- Struggles to turn and run with receivers to play crossing routes or defend the seam.
- Lacks optimal upper body strength to disengage from run blocks, gets locked up occasionally.
- Tends to tackle up around the chest or shoulders instead of sinking hips and lowering pad level.
- Doesn’t always break down in space and may be prone to missing tackles against NFL ball carriers.
- Has an injury history and had a lengthy recovery process from a serious knee injury in 2011.
NFL Comparison: Jon Beason, LB, New York Giants
- A 4-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2009, 45th-ranked nationally by Rivals.
- Received a medical redshirt to play a fifth year after a terrible knee injury in third week of his junior season.
- Tore his ACL, MCL and fractured his tibia.
- Accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and then withdrew despite full health.
- Management science and engineering major.
- Lived in Mexico for four years and lists Guadalajara as his hometown.
Shayne Skov looked the part of a future first-rounder after his first two seasons at Stanford. Then he suffered a serious knee injury and things went downhill fast. His entire 2012 season, his first back from injury, was riddled by a lack of comfort on the knee and almost no range to speak of. He rebounded in fine fashion in 2013. There are few draft prospects who play with the football IQ that Skov does. His limitations athletically cause concern. Skov will also need to pass his medical exams at the combine.
Draft Projection: Third round