Steelers draft results: Pittsburgh selects Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier in first round

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers select linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick.

The last time the Steelers had the 15th overall pick (2007), they selected speedy linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Timmons, meet Ryan Shazier, your new teammate.

The Steelers selected Shazier with their most recent first round pick, greatly increasing their speed at the linebacker position and filling a spot many believe was a need heading into this draft.

Darqueze Dennard, one of the top cornerbacks in this draft, was available when the Steelers selected Shazier, a player mentioned as a possibility for the spot, but a long-odds prediction.

Shazier's best asset is his explosive athleticism. He reportedly ran a sub-4.4 40 yard dash at his Pro Day last March, and came into the Combine weighing 237 pounds - up from the 225 range he played at in Ohio State.

The Steelers will pick next at No. 46 overall, the 14th pick of the second round. They will still need a cornerback or two and a wide receiver for this year's haul.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker