Ryan Shazier NFL Draft 2014: Grading Steelers' 1st-Round Pick

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Ryan Shazier, the former Ohio State standout, was drafted 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL draft. Shazier was a star at Ohio State, and the Steelers couldn't let him slip by without grabbing him. 

Shazier was a tackling machine for the Buckeyes, racking up at least 100 tackles in each of the last two years. He was a versatile player, lining up at both inside and outside linebacker, and looked destined for big things. 

The former Buckeye is an explosive, athletic talent, capable of using his speed and size to deliver punishing hits in the backfield and the point of contact. He's relentless in pursuit and has a nose for the ball. He can drop into pass coverage as well, and his versatility is probably his biggest asset. 

However, Shazier does come with some risk. He's not the biggest and strongest player in the draft, and he can be bullied by strength on the offensive line. His tackling form can be inconsistent, and he can get overaggressive at times. 

Will Shazier's all-around game carry him to stardom? Or will his lack of strength be his undoing in the pros? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling and what he brings to the league as a rookie.

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