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One of the more unheralded defensive players in the country, Shazier enjoyed a solid three-year career at Ohio State and likely will hear his name called in the second round on draft weekend. Though he doesn't possess the overall size associated with first-round caliber linebackers and lost out to Wisconsin's Chris Borland for Big Ten defensive player of the year in 2013, Shazier proved he can pack a punch by recording 315 total tackles and 44 1/2 tackles for loss during his time in Columbus. His 143 tackles in 2013 led the Big Ten and tied for third nationally. They also tied for the 13th-most for a single season in school history. His 101 solo tackles last season ranked only behind Tom Cousineau's 142 in 1978 and Chris Spielman's 105 in 1986 in Buckeyes history. Shazier tied single-game school records with 16 solo tackles and five tackles for loss during a 42-14 win over Indiana on Nov. 23. Despite his size limitations, Shazier is a versatile linebacker who can move sideline-to-sideline relatively well and effectively drop back to defend the pass. He also proved to be a quality pass rusher when needed with 14 sacks during his collegiate tenure, including a career-high six in 2013. Whichever team drafts Shazier will get a true leader who had a strong presence on the field and in the locker room at Ohio State. He's drawn comparison to Tampa Bay's Lavonte David because of his similar body type and ability to cover most of the field with little trouble.