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Although he had a solid season in 2012 after suffering a torn ACL, MCL and fractured tibia in September 2011, Skov truly regained his explosiveness in 2013. He played all 14 games and led Stanford with 109 tackles, including 13 for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and 10 quarterback hurries. He saved his best games for the biggest occasions, tallying nine tackles and two forced fumbles against then-unbeaten Oregon and had nine tackles against Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game. Skov had another nine-tackle effort, a sack and a forced fumble in the loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl. An aggressive and physical player, Skov was the leader and team captain for a Cardinal defense that ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense (19.0) and 16th in yards allowed per game (343.1). He is a perfect fit in a 3-4 defense with the ability to play multiple positions. Excellent as a run-stuffer, Skov isn't particularly quick in small spaces but his ability to read plays is exceptional and he rarely misses a tackle. While he isn't a pass-rusher in the truest sense, he can succeed in that role due to his power and timing rather than actual pass-rushing moves. Skov's biggest obstacle to overcome in the NFL will be his lack of speed and his inability to play in coverage. He doesn't have the quickness to stay with most running backs, and bigger tight ends also will present a problem. Although his injury history may scare some teams, Skov brings such a natural feel for the game and the right attitude that he could be selected as early as the second round and likely won't last past the third.