For whatever reason Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier didn't run at the NFL Scouting Combine, it was a good one.
Shazier turned in an unofficial but still blistering 4.36 40-yard dash time at this Pro Day Friday, as reported by multiple sources in attendance. Even if that time is likely to err on the favorable side for players (tack on a tenth of a second due to homefield timers), watching Shazier on film would lead one to not be incredibly surprised.
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He's a tremendously fast and explosive player, and if that speed is something the Steelers' personnel in attendance can vouch for, one has to think he just became a target for the Steelers at the No. 15 pick.
Defensive help has to be a main priority for the Steelers between now to the start of free agency (March 11) through the 2014 NFL Draft. The release of Larry Foote this week for salary cap reasons likely puts his 2013 replacement, Vince Williams, in the driver's seat for the starting position opposite Lawrence Timmons, and with recent news that Sean Spence's recovery is coming along nicely, perhaps there is the main position battle heading into training camp.
But a very fast cornerback's speed combined with a vicious linebacker's explosion, all wrapped in a 237-pound frame at 21 years of age (he'll be 22 at the start of the season) has to make a defensive coach who loves the quick-twitch, explosive athletes like Mike Tomlin, drool.
And no, he's not a safety.