Ryan Shazier: A Young Troy Polamalu?

NFL minicamps are getting underway, and already there’s a Buckeye wreaking so much havoc, NFL.com describes him as a “rock-solid Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.”

Pittsburgh’s Ryan Shazier was also described by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a “younger version of Troy Polamalu.”

He was all over the field in practice, according to reporter Alan Robinson, even lining up on outside coverage of Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown. His listed position, however, will be inside linebacker.

He played outside linebacker at Ohio State, but Shazier told the paper that his transition is easier because Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau works quite a bit with OSU.

“A lot of stuff we learned at Ohio State is from this defense,” Shazier told the paper. “The coaches came over here every now and then and learned some stuff. Some of it has different terminology, and (is) more complex, but it has a little bit of what we knew.”

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