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Cover 2: Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier & Wisconsin LB Chris Borland

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.


The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State, Junior

College stats: Shazier was twice named first-team All-Big Ten (2012-13). He recorded 143 tackles (101 solo), 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles and was first-team All-America and a Butkus Award finalist as a junior in 2013. Shazier’s sophomore season included 115 tackles (70 solo), 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception that he returned for a touchdown in 2012. As a freshman in 2011, he had 58 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks in 13 games (three starts).

Combine measurements: Height: 6 feet, 1 inch; Weight: 237 pounds

Combine performances: Bench press: 25 reps; Vertical jump: 42 inches (first among LBs); Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches (first among LBs); 3-cone drill: 6.91 seconds (fifth among LBs); 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 26th out of the top 50 prospects


Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin, Senior

College stats: Borland was selected first-team All-Big Ten from three straight seasons (2011-13). He was second-team All-America in 2013 after recording 112 tackles (73 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks and becoming Wisconsin’s career leader with 15 forced fumbles. Borland had 104 tackles (56 solo), 10 for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2012. He recorded 143 tackles (64 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions as a sophomore in 2011 that followed a medical redshirt in 2010 that was granted because of a shoulder injury. Borland was Big Ten Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2009 when he had 54 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and returned seven kickoffs 106 yards.

Combine measurements: Height: 5 feet, 11 inches; Weight: 248 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.83 seconds; Bench press: 27 reps (fifth among LBs); Vertical jump: 31 inches; Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches; 3-cone drill: 7.18 seconds; 20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 50th out of the top 50 prospects