If I'm the opposing team, i run right directly AT him. Let's hope McClendon requires a double team this year - might help free someone near the LOS to make plays run at him - I suspect we'll see a bunch early on.
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1. Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
2. Derek Rivers, Youngstown St
3a. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
3b. Bucky Hodges, TE, VT
Well said... Clearly, Shazier is a "run and hit" (Tomlinism) LB. The video reminds me a bit of Polamalu.... My concern is the same as others... how often does a 3-4 ILB get the ability to do that without someone laying a hand on him in the process? No matter what, he will need to stack and shed. He can't simply just run around blocks or play a freelancing type role. Like you said, teams will attack him by running straight at him.... not by running sweeps which is where he can utilize his "run and hit" attributes.
On a side note, we REALLY need better play at the NT position to keep guards off of him as much as possible.
Much of this nervous bs applies to ANY inside LB. Lol
Hes good in traffic though, guys like Ernie Simms and Alec Ogletree are very straight line fast but when you get a hand on them they are taken out of the play. He is
1) Very hard to get a hand on
2) not useless if you do, able to slip out/around blocks
3) Has a knack for weaving through traffic
It was said that the steelers coveted Mychal Kendricks out of cal a few years back....hes very fast and good in traffic, but shaziers speed is superior and from what ive seen so is his ability to diagnose a play and move around even when theres a bunch of bodies around.