Shazier to Pittsburgh, Roby to Denver in NFL Draft
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State saw a pair of former Buckeyes drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft as linebacker Ryan Shazier went #15 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bradley Roby went #31 to the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.
Shazier was the first first-round pick for the Buckeyes since the Steelers selected defensive end Cameron Heyward 31st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
runs his 40 at OSU pro day
Photo by Dan Harker
This marks the fourth time in Steelers history that they have taken a Buckeye in the first round. Along with Shazier and Heyward, they also selected receiver Santonio Holmes 25th overall in 2006, and running back Bob Ferguson with the fifth overall pick in 1962.
"Quite frankly, the kid's got no holes," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
"I think he just represents what's going on with football today. College football, with the ability to spread people out, you need people that can play in vertical and horizontal space. He's shown the ability to do that."
Of Shazier, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said the following:
"This kid has come a long way this year. At 237 pounds he ran a 4.38. When you watch this kid play, he's all about what today's linebacker is. He's one of the fastest linebackers I've ever seen come out of college football. I see him as an inside linebacker. He can play inside or outside."
Shazier is the ninth Ohio State linebacker selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, which doesn't even include names like James Laurinaitis and Chris Spielman.
Bradley Roby became the first OSU cornerback drafted in the first round since Malcolm Jenkins went #14 overall in the 2009 draft.
After the selection, Denver GM John Elway tweeted "Thrilled to add CB Bradley Roby. He's a tremendous talent at an area of need, and he was the highest-rated player left on our draft board."
Bradley Roby at OSU pro day
Photo by Jim
Roby never visited Denver, calling the selection a surprise.
Mayock called Roby a "top 15-type talent", adding, "He's a gifted kid, and he's going to have to step in day one and play at a high level. He's going to have to be more consistent. He lacks good eye discipline. The negative side is can he find the football, the positive side is that he is just so gifted and so quick."
Roby was the 13th Ohio State defensive back selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
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