Shazier Mulling NFL Decision, Slight Lean to Stay

By Kyle Rowland on December 13, 2013 at 1:37p
"I'm leaning towards staying." -Ryan Shazier

The speculation game has begun. December and January turns into silly season for both coaches and players. Who’s getting hired where and who’s going pro – the questions are asked over and over again.

One Buckeye’s status is already known. Junior cornerback Bradley Roby, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, is bound for the NFL. That announcement was made before the 2013 season even started. The answer Ohio State fans are waiting on is Ryan Shazier’s decision.

The linebacker is in the midst of a dream season. Entering the Orange Bowl, Shaizer has a Big Ten-leading 134 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss (six sacks) and four forced fumbles. Those numbers combined with freshman and sophomore years filled with production have Shazier pegged as a mid-first-round pick on draft boards.

Asked about his impending decision on Friday, the Florida native said he’s split in the middle. Prodded further, though, Shazier revealed he’s “leaning towards staying.”

Following the Orange Bowl, Shazier said he’ll sit down with family and coaches and make the best decision for his future.


  • Shazier said he’s not worried about a hangover from the Big Ten championship game. Clemson has the Buckeyes’ full attention.
  • It took a while to get over the loss to MSU, Shazier said. Starting bowl practices was a big help in healing process.
  • “We’re still having a great season. We still have to play a great team to finish off this season.” -Shazier
  • Clemson’s offense is “scary,” according to Shazier. He said they’re full of playmakers and get very creative.
  • Jeff Heuerman: “There’s still a little bit of a sting. But you have to keep moving forward.”
  • Heuerman said he beats himself up over the 4th and 2 play against Michigan State when Denicos Allen shed a block to stop Braxton Miller. Heuerman said he’s thought about it a million times.
  • Ohio State’s character and resilience will be tested and seen by all in the Orange Bowl, according to Jack Mewhort.
  • Mewhort said he’s been coaching up the offensive line more than ever. He believes the future for that position is bright and is proud of the senior O-linemen’s legacy.
  • Billy Price, Evan Lisle, Kyle Dodson, Darryl Baldwin and Jacoby Boren were young up-and-coming linemen mentioned by Mewhort. He said Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein have already proven themselves.
  • Joey Bosa has been named a freshman All-American by College Football News and Sporting News.
  • The moment that got Bosa’s game going was the sack and touchdown at Northwestern. Bosa said he wasn't a good player when he came to OSU.

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bukyze's picture

PLEEEEEEASE come back !!!  We need you !!!  Whatever he decides, I obviously wish him the best of luck, and that he does what's best for him.

pcuzz1's picture

One more year, RDS!!!! Come back and help leas the team to the championship.

pat cozzens

Zimmy07's picture

Whoa.  That's a pleasant surprise.

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Words can't state enough how big this would be for next years defense. Hoping for good news, but wish him the best in his decision. He is going to make a heck of an NFL player, whenever that time comes.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

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wyatt's picture

Best interest for Shazier would be to go to the NFL.  For OSU, all players would play four years. 

hardkorethree's picture

Agree with you here.  If he's being projected like a mid first round pick, I would have fully supported his decision to enter the NFL draft.  However, I am sure everyone on this board would be absolutely ecstatic if he decided to come back for his senior season.

cinserious's picture

To balance the ones that leave early, you have 5th year seniors! This year's magnificent offensive line is littered with them. Plus Hyde, Guiton, and J Hall.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

ChazBuckeye's picture

I'm drinking a little tonight to celebrate!

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

BassDropper's picture

So like 2 beers?


moopdawg's picture

It's great to read that Shazier is considering staying another year at The Ohio State University.  I remember the video footage of Shazier standing alone and showing respect to the Ohio State band as they played Carmen Ohio at the end of our bowl loss against the Gators 2 years ago.
If he chooses to stay, I hope he gets the best coaching possible from the Ohio State University defensive coaching staff.  I feel bad for him when he plays lights out, is seemingly everywhere on the field, makes 15 plus tackles and the opposition still is able to hang 30 plus points on us. It would suck for Shazier if comes back for his senior year and the defense can't hold it down like they couldn't this year.  Hoping for the best for him.

AngryWoody's picture

I want him to stay for selfish reasons, but on the other hand, his draft stock is so high right now and I don't want to see what happened to Roby (coming back and losing draft stock) happen to him as well. I hope he thinks it over and whatever he decides I would understand.

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SouthernBuck's picture

I agree with wanting what is best for RDS.  If he goes, good for him, if he stays great for us.  
As for Roby, I feel like he played with one foot out the door all year.  I imagine making a decision to come back, risking millions, weighs heavy at times.  

RonnyPBuckeye's picture

I'd love to have him come back given the state of our LB core but whatever he decides is good for me.  He's had nothing for reverence for our program especially given him growing up in Florida.  I felt for him playing on one leg playing against scum in 2011, but he's had so many great plays over the last three years, he owes us alums nothing.

Alabama Buckeye's picture

I think Roby lost draft stock because he didn't play well at times. In particular I point to the Wisconsin game where got scorched all night. I don't blame him for going early to the NFL but if he and Shazier come back next season it would be a tremendous boost for our defense!

seafus26's picture

He needs to do what's best for his future. I'd love to see him back and playing behind what will be a much better (was surprisingly good this year) and more experienced DL. He can and would have the season a Javon Clowney should have. Hopefully one that ends with him hoisting a crystal trophy and being appreciated like a Mike Doss

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

cinserious's picture

Bosa said he wasn't a good player when he came to OSU.

Unbelievable! Bosa was physically ready to take on the college game from day 1. Once he cracked the starting rotation, he used his superior physical ability (over grown-ass linemen) to begin to dominate. What happens when his mental game is 100% or he PEAKS physically? I like his humbleness and willingness to take instruction from his coaches (like Vrabel) to really learn the college game. Marotti will have Bosa literally busting out at the seams in the offseason. 1st team All America as a sophomore.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

IBleedSandG's picture

Man, if RDS comes back, that would be frickin' HUGE! Of course he'll probably ball out in the Orange Bowl w/ a stat line that looks something like:
14 Tkls, 3 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 PBU, 1 Int, and a blocked punt for good measure.


ABrown07's picture

Idk if he reads these or not but, I hope he comes back. He's one of the best linebackers we've ever had here. That's truly saying something! He really doesn't have anything left to prove at this level but as a fan who loves this team more than most people love anything, I'm praying he stays.

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

I would like to see Shazier stick around another year. Go down as one the best LB's in school history and lead us to the promised land. All well imparting his vast experience on our younger linebackers that will hopefully include Raekwon. As for Bosa, I hope he's got a real good pair of shades because his future is looking really really bright. 


M Man's picture

I hope he stays.
He's great player to watch.  My favorite Shazier performance was his freshman year, in Ann Arbor.  He was injured; virtually playing on one leg.  But he played on; with courage and fearlessness and holding down his position despite great physical difficulty.  A great Buckeye.  I hope he stays.

TilstheHun3's picture

"A great Buckeye."

Indeed. Here's this so we can all reflect on that:

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

I always think the best part of this highlight is Shazier gets up and walks away, like "It ain't no thing", then the quarterback tries to do the same and falls on his ass. Haha

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

It will be pleasant to watch Bosa rip some heads off as the years go on.

D-Day0043's picture

I love RDS, but he needs to go. His draft stock probably isn't going to get any higher. It would be a huge gamble to come back. He could blow out a knee and jeopardize the ability to make big money in the NFL. If you're projected in the first round then you have got to go.
With that being said, I will squeal like a 13 year old school girl at a Justin Beiber concert if he comes back.

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avail31678's picture

The only real criticism of Shazier so far is his size possibly being too small for the NFL.  So just come back for your senior year so Marotti can really make you NFL ready by making you huge!

Ethos's picture

he can train with him over the winter before the combine. 

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

45has2's picture

Shazier should and most likely will do whatever is best for himself and his family. Only have best wishes for Ryan and look forward to watching him make an impact at the next level. Joey B.: I can only hope that he will play through his junior year.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

teddyballgame's picture

Get one of those insurance policy dealios so incase anything tragic happens you're covered.