While I am still extremely high on the Miami Dolphins selecting Alabama LB C.J. Mosley with the 19th overall pick in tomorrow’s NFL Draft, there is another name floating around as a possibility at 19. That name is Ryan Shazier, the safety-converted-linebacker out of Ohio State.
While Mosley is easily the more complete linebacker, what Shazier offers is play making. He has incredible speed and instinct (something he undoubtedly bettered during his time in the secondary), and has the ability to both force fumbles through hard hits and intercept the ball. Shazier would give Miami an instant upgrade at the linebacker position in terms of pass coverage, and always wraps up pesky running backs.
In his three years at Ohio St. (that’s right he is only a junior), Shazier totaled 317 tackles, 1 interception for a TD, 9 forced fumbles, and 15 sacks. Those are outstanding numbers for a guy who only played three years, and they reflect his ability to make plays. He would be an instant upgrade at linebacker, possibly Miami’s second worst part of their team last season behind their offensive line.
There is zero doubt in my mind that either Ryan Shazier or C.J. Mosley will be available for selection tomorrow come pick 19. While I would love to see either of these defensive studs become a Miami Dolphin, I just hope that GM Dennis Hickey has a plan, preferably a plan that does not involve reaching at number 19.