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Falcons’ draft board: Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

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Player: Ryan Shazier

Position: Linebacker

School: Ohio State

Height and weight: 6-1, 237 pounds

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was named first-team all-American by the Associated Press. (Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was named first-team all-American by the Associated Press. (Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

Combine Numbers: 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He didn’t run at the combine; 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 42-inch vertical jump and 10-10 broad jump, 4.21 in the shuttle and 6.91 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the third rated linebacker in the draft and is projected to be selected in the first by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: He originally committed to play for Urban Meyer at Florida, through a change of circumstance, he ended up playing for him at The Ohio State University. Last season, he had 101 tackles. He played inside and outside for the Buckeyes.

Quotes: “My dad really helped out a lot when it came to becoming the player I am. My favorite player right now is Patrick Willis. But I feel my game favors Lavonte David a lot. At Ohio State we had a multiple defense. Sometimes we played in 4-3 and sometimes we’d be in a 3-4.”

Falcons level on interest: Moderately High. The Falcons have to be concerned about the lingering knee injury to Sean Weatherspoon. Undrafted rookies Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow played well last season, but the linebacker group could be upgraded in the draft. They Falcons would likely have to trade back into the late-first round to land Shazier.

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 Here are the Falcons draft picks:

  • Round 1 — No. 6 overall
  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–A look at Louisville S Calvin Prior

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

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