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Ohio State's Ryan Shazier declares for NFL Draft

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02:55 PM ET 01.05 | Earlier in the weekend, there were some reports that Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier was preparing to enter the 2014 NFL Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility. It seemed like the move was set in stone, but now we have a confirmation. Shazier officially declared for the NFL Draft and released a statement on his decision.

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January 6, 2014  12:26 AM ET

I guess he got sick of waiting for Urban Meyer to win a relevant game, too. 2 years and no bowl win, no meaningful win, no conference championships, and rolling on a losing streak. How much do they pay this guy? What a bum.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Urban-Meyer/157905267563615

January 6, 2014  01:59 AM ET

A tough, but not unexpected, break for the Bucknuts. He should be a good pro.

January 6, 2014  02:32 AM ET

Undersized for the next level. Will need to add some girth. Best of luck to you Ryan.

January 6, 2014  07:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Undersized for the next level. Will need to add some girth. Best of luck to you Ryan.

That was my thought, also. Undersized linebackers don't fare well in the NFL. If he bulks up, how much speed will it cost him?

January 6, 2014  09:19 AM ET
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That was my thought, also. Undersized linebackers don't fare well in the NFL. If he bulks up, how much speed will it cost him?

Historically, that's been the case. If we get many more guys in the NFL using the QB running and more spread stuff, that could change.

Still, a 240 lb one that can run and tackle in space is better than a 215 lb one. just sayin'.

January 6, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

2 years and no bowl win,

Pretty stupid comment seeing as how the Buckeyes couldn't go bowling in 2012.

January 6, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Pretty stupid comment seeing as how the Buckeyes couldn't go bowling in 2012.

Don't feed the trolls.

January 6, 2014  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't feed the trolls.

Good point DS.

January 6, 2014  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't feed the trolls.

Nah, Scratch is the resident psycho, not the troll.

But, it is hard to tell the difference.

January 6, 2014  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That was my thought, also. Undersized linebackers don't fare well in the NFL. If he bulks up, how much speed will it cost him?

Back in the 80's the Cincy Bengals had a guy that was the same size as Shazier and a LB in college they turned him into a strong safety his name was David Fulcher and he was a beast.

January 6, 2014  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Back in the 80's the Cincy Bengals had a guy that was the same size as Shazier and a LB in college they turned him into a strong safety his name was David Fulcher and he was a beast.

I remember watching him play and you are right, he could bring the pain when he laid a hit on you. WRs had to keep their head on a swivel when in his territory.

January 6, 2014  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Back in the 80's the Cincy Bengals had a guy that was the same size as Shazier and a LB in college they turned him into a strong safety his name was David Fulcher and he was a beast.

+1, HB. I think Shazier might make a fearsome strong safety in the NFL.

January 6, 2014  01:23 PM ET
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Pretty stupid comment seeing as how the Buckeyes couldn't go bowling in 2012.

Okay, 26 games and no bowl win. What's untrue about that? They were a better team this year than they were last year and they got out of having 2 bowl losses, instead of 1, but the results are the same-- Urban Meyer has never won a bowl game while at Ohio St. If they do retain him for 2014.

 
January 6, 2014  02:01 PM ET
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Undersized for the next level. Will need to add some girth. Best of luck to you Ryan.

Huh? He's the same height and not much less in weight as Robert Mathis, a pretty good LB.

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