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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Steelers have three more visitors

The Steelers hosted three more potential draft picks on Thursday, as Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt and Washington State strong safety Deon Buchanon were at the team's South Side practice facility.

Both Shazier and Zumwalt are considered inside linebacker prospects in the Steelers' 3-4.

Shazier (6-1, 238) ran a ridiculously fast 4.38 40 at the Ohio State workout. Even if you add, say a 10th of a second onto that time to adjust for the track, he's still the fastest linebacker in this draft.

But it is a concern that he had a hamstring issue at the combine and then tweaked the same injury during his Ohio State workout. Maybe guys that big aren't supposed to run that fast.

He also tested off the charts in pretty much every drill, including showing off a 42-inch vertical.

Zumwalt (6-4, 235) made 30 starts in college, mostly inside in UCLA's 3-4 defense.

While he doesn't possess Shazier's outright athleticism, he's a rangy player who is described as "violent," even among football players.

While Shazier is considered a first-round prospect, Zumwalt is more of a third- to fourth-round pick.

Buchanon, 6-1, 211, is a second- to third-round guy. He ran a 4.49 40 at the combine.


Anonymous said...

Maybe this is unfair but I have a hard time taking Zumwalt seriously. 5th year guy with an undeclared major and sounds exactly like Spicoli.

"Aloha Mr. Rooney. This is history class, right? I can tell by all the globes."

"Actually Jordan, those are Lombardi trophies."

bruinmann77 said...

Zumwalt loves to put the hammer down i like him or Borland for the ILD spot.