Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier put on an impressive show at February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. His 42-inch vertical leap at Lucas Oil Stadium led not only all linebackers, but all players at any position.
However, a balky hamstring in Indy prevented Shazier from punctuating that performance with a blistering 40-yard dash.
Well, the hamstring was again an issue during Shazier's pro day in Columbus on Friday, but not before the 6'1", 237-pounder put the cherry on top of his workouts.
At the combine, Kevin Pierre-Louis of Boston College ran the fastest 40 among linebackers, at 4.51 seconds.
As Scott Wright of Draft Countdown tweeted, Shazier annihilated that time on Friday:
Ohio St. OLB Ryan Shazier reportedly clocked a 4.36 at the Buckeyes Pro Day. 42-inch vertical at the Scouting Combine too. #1stRoundTalent— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) March 7, 2014
Granted, that time, and Shazier's other time of 4.37 seconds, was unofficial, and came with a qualifier from Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting:
Ohio State has one of the fastest tracks for Pro Days. Remember that, too. RT @brdispatch LB Ryan Shazier ran 4.36 or 4.38 unofficially.— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) March 7, 2014
Still, it was a phenomenal performance, especially since the same hamstring that hampered Shazier at the combine once again flared up, according to Bleacher Report's Dan Hope:
#Buckeyes OLB Ryan Shazier re-strained hamstring and is done for day, per OSU spokesman. Limping significantly.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 7, 2014
Shazier didn't seem too concerned about the injury when speaking with
Shazier also believes his showing hammers home his status as a first-round pick. "I'm really happy with what I did," Shazier said. "I feel I kind of did what everyone wanted me to do. I definitely feel like I'm a first-round pick."
One thing's for sure. Shazier certainly didn't hurt his stock in workouts.
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Whether in Indianapolis or the field at Ohio Stadium, Shazier blew the doors off of just about every drill that was put in front of him. Athleticism. Quickness. Speed. Check, check and 4.36 seconds is a check.
Of course, this wasn't really a surprise. Many draftniks more or less expected Shazier to perform well in drills at the combine and pro day, exercises that play to his strengths as a football player:
If you've watched Ryan Shazier play football, you knew he was going to run around a 4.4. One of the freakiest athletes you'll find at LB.— Brendan Leister (@BrendanLeister) March 7, 2014
It was a performance that left Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com impressed:
“@KevinW_ESPN: Heard Ryan Shazier clocked in the sub 4.4 range at 237 pounds this morning." > Run, hit, blitz, cover...explosive athlete.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 7, 2014
Jeremiah wasn't alone in his regard:
Doug Kyed of NESN thinks Shazier's show should shoot him up draft boards:
I have a feeling Ryan Shazier is going to be drafted much higher than he's being mocked.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) March 8, 2014
Tyler Brooke of Bleacher Report cautions that that could be a mistake:
Ryan Shazier's numbers are scary, but I still see him as an early second-round pick. Should get picked before the 40th overall selection.— Tyler Brooke (@TylerDBrooke) March 7, 2014
The thing is, impressive as Shazier's workouts were, they didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know.
Pop in tape of Shazier at Ohio State and it won't take long to see the burst, or the closing speed.
That same tape shows the bad angles Shazier took at times, and the workouts also don't change the fact that, at less than 240 pounds, he is likely best suited for a role as a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, which could limit his potential suitors in the NFL draft.
Still, while we may not have learned anything new from Shazier's pro day, we were at least reminded of something.
That something being that Shazier is fast. Really, really fast.