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Ryan Shazier DE/OLB 6' 2 221 lbs

Rank: 
28
Round Drafted: 
27
College: 
Ohio State

Ryan is coming off a superb true freshman season in 2011 and is locked in as a starting linebacker in 2012 ... he played in all 13 games last year and started the final three games ... he recorded 57 tackles, the most by a true freshman in the last 15 years (Andy Katzenmoyer had 86 as a true freshman in 1996; Donnie Nickey was a red-shirt freshman when he had 73 in 1999) ... played brilliantly in his starts, making 30 tackles in those three games after starting "will" linebacker Andrew Sweat was sidelined with a concussion ... made his first career start - vs. Penn State - memorable with a two-year-best team high 15 tackles ... he was named the Big Ten's freshman of the week for his effort and later was awarded the team's Agonis Club Rick Meyer award for his play against Penn State ... had eight tackles the following week vs. Michigan despite being severely hampered with a bad knee ... totaled 10 tackles at not-quite-100-percent vs. Florida in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl ... had six solo tackles and seven total vs. Purdue after Sweat went out with his injury ... Ryan made noise all year with big special teams hits and blocks ... his block of a Wisconsin punt led to a Buckeye touchdown from the 1, a game Ohio State would eventually win, 33-29.