Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, right, answers questions about the upcoming NFL draft as head coach Mike Tomlin listens during a news conference at the NFL football team headquarters in Pittsburgh, on Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
An off season that began with the Steelers missing the playoffs again. Many fans could understand why the Steelers were looking forward to this year’s draft.
The Steelers entered the draft needing help on the offensive line. A line that had allowed nearly 200 quarterback sacks over the last four seasons. But, the Black and Gold could not pass on a game changing linebacker.
Ohio State’s linebacker “Smokin” Ryan Shazier, 6’2, 240, was a first team All-American in 2013. He has sprinter speed. Runs the forty in a sizzling 4.35!
Shazier’s instinctive nature will allow him to slip and escape blocks and make splash plays. He has rare on field speed and should develop quickly into a Pro Bowl player.
The Steelers have invested three No. 1 picks (Shazier, Santonio Holmes and defensive end Cam Heyward) and a No. 2 (offensive tackle Mike Adams) on Ohio State products but do not expect any off the field problems with Shazier.