Actually, he's left off because nobody realized he was draft eligible until recently due to sitting out the 2011 season because of legal issues stemming from an arrest. He's easily a Tier 1 back among underclassman in my opinion. If he were a clean kid, he'd be the best one.
Jeremy Hill is looking pretty good on that opening drive. He would be a nice replacement for Thomas.
Where would David Yankey rank as a guard Slimm? I am very high on the guy. I think if we can bring in some finesse tackles who can protect and some maulers on the interior he'd be a great fit.
ALL ABOARD THE ORLANDO FRANKLIN HYPE TRAIN!
All you have to do is refer back to my original post that you quoted.... which I made after his sophomore season and prior to his junior season. I watched him have a sack and return an INT for a touchdown against Penn St. on back to back plays. Watched him force a Montee Ball fumble on the goaline vs. Wisconsin that helped the Buckeyes win that game 21-14. This would have been the tying score had Shazier not forced that fumble.
He’s been a playmaker since he stepped on the field as a true freshman at Ohio St. That in itself is an outstanding achievement.
From a speed, explosion, and athleticism standpoint, he blows away any linebacker prospect since Brian Urlacher. He's bigger and faster than Derrick Brooks was. Again, that alone is worthy of a 1st round pick. He’s a fantastic kid with a great work ethic, great character, and terrific leadership skills. Factor in a team like Miami’s need at the position and I just don’t see how they can afford to pass if they stay at the #19 spot.
Top 10 , no order - Winston, Gurley, Cooper, White, Scherff, Beasley, Dupree, Gregory, Williams, and Davis.
I think there's about a 60% chance that he's available at #19. I don't think he should make it out of the top 15 either... I felt like he was a top 10 pick after his sophomore season. Fact is, in most drafts he would come off the board somewhere in the 8-15 range. However, this isn't a typical draft. Which is why I think he could be there at #19.
He's always reminded me of John Mobley, although Shazier is an even better athlete than Mobley was. Mobley went 15th overall despite playing at a much lower level of competition (Kutztown) than Shazier. Linebackers like this just don't come along very often. When they do, they don't last to pick #19. There's just not going to be anything on the board that looks better than Ryan Shazier at #19 overall when Miami goes on the clock.
I'd just expect the Dolphins to botch the pick regardless. I'd expect them to pick some run-of-the-mill right tackle or guard that they can pencil in as a "starter" due to the incompetence and/or absence of their past decisions at tackle/guard and try to sell it off as a great pick like they always do.
As long as Miami drafts to fill holes instead of drafting for talent, they'll keep blowing drafts. They can't keep drafting like they're one or two players away every year. They're not. They need to draft like they're 10 players away and draft for elite talent at every opportunity. Because they are 10 players away.... at minimum.
They're basically 3/4 of an entire secondary, 3/5 of an offensive line, 2/3 of a backfield, and 2/3 of a linebacking unit away... and that's at minimum.
I don't know about everybody else but where I'm from, 3+3+2+2 equals 10.