2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Steelers
Shazier put together some great years and was a consistent winner with the Buckeyes. This rangy, fast linebacker has the necessary athleticism to make an immediate impact in the NFL, but may need to add some bulk as his frame more closely resembles a strong safety. He opted to forgo his senior year to make the leap into the NFL.
Shazier has sideline-to-sideline range against the run. Has just enough height and length to cover TEs to go along with noticeable fluidity in coverage. Tracks the play well and with his smaller frame, weaves through traffic suddenly. Really great instincts and proved to be a tackling machine for Ohio State. Not enough bulk to punish the ball-carrier in tight spaces. Makes most of quickness and agility when taking on blockers. Will sometimes get swallowed up if he gets inside the clutches of an offensive lineman.
Average tackler. Relies on quickness to generate power. A little too aggressive in pursuit angles. Pretty good in zone. Does a nice job feeling each route and watching the quarterback's eyes. Fast enough to bring a great blitz on the edge. Shows above-average balance when engaged with a blocker his size.
Shazier projects as an late first r... [Read More
Tuitt was a three-year standout with the Fighting Irish who really came into his own in 2012, the year Notre Dame made it to the BCS National Championship game. It's important to note that Tuitt is not your prototypical 4-3 DE. One look at his measurables and that should be clear. He will play defensive end in a 3-4, often referred to as the "five-technique."
Average pass rusher. Mostly responsible for taking on double teams and if possible, collapsing the pocket to give someone else an opportunity to make the play. Must learn to better use his size by working on his bend and pad level. Very stiff at times and doesn't drive the necessary power through his legs and butt. Hand usage is above-average and can move blockers off their spot with a punch. Plays with a nice intensity. Earned a lot of respect for not giving up or taking plays off in championship game.
Better against the run. Can anchor down. Sets the edge well. Occasionally will break a block early and make a play in the backfield. Speed and quickness are lacking and this may prevent him from drawing much interest from 4-3 defenses. Excellent upper body strength. Limited athletic ceiling may push him toward the bottom... [Read More
Martavis Bryant is a lean and long receiver with inconsistent hands. After running a 4.42 at the combine, his draft stock is very high and could be a Day 2 prospect on some boards.
Very lean build and long strider. Excellent straight-line speed and has a few moves to make defenders miss after the catch. Some wasted motion when getting in and out of his breaks. Returner experience. Big play potential and can stretch the field vertically. Solid leaping ability and does well to high-point the ball.
Easily redirected by hand/arm checking. Needs to add more core strength. Hesitant over the middle. Lackadaisical style of play. Lacks edge, toughness. Does he want it? Unreliable hands. Athleticism puts him in position but concentration lapses fail to seal the deal.
Bryant projects as an early third round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More