You know...I can't believe there are so many upset with the Steelers drafting a Patrick Willis type of ILB. The 3-4 is all about the backers...They just solidified the front end for at least a 5 year window & run at SBs. They get a couple cover guys in this mix...Guys...It could be special.
Patrick Willis was considered a natural (and athletic) fit as a 3-4 ILB. He was plug-in-play. I just can't help to think that we drafted more of an "athlete" than a football player. Willis was both and had the instincts.
Shazier was 237 at combine & his proday when he put up those ridiculous numbers. He also said he felt comfortable with that as his playing weight. 25 reps with 32 1/2" arms is pretty impressive. He was small early at OSU but he developed. Can't coach or find what he has in a weight room.
The comparisons to Willis are not justified at this point. Shazier has the athleticism, but the instincts and stoutness at the POA are not there (not really close). I have seen many of Shazier's games. Frankly, I'm excited about what the kid can do and his potential. But, many of the expectations and comparisons are not that realistic.
But, this is par for the course on the message board. Most either hate the pick and think he will be a complete bust or (conversely) they believe he will be the next all pro at the position. The truth is usually and likely somewhere in between.
1 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2 Stephen Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3c Keith McGill CB Utah
4 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
5c Anton Exum S Va Tech
6 Trey Millard FB/TE Oklahoma
7 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
7c DeAnthony Thomas RB Oregon