IB SHAYNE SKOV, STANFORD

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6’3” – 245 lbs. – 4.90e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 62 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 PD
2010: 83 – 10.0 – 7.0, 2 FF, 5 PD
2011: 19 – 5.0 – 1.5, 1 PD (Redshirt)
2012: 80 – 8.0 – 2.5, 2 QBH, 1 PD

OVERVIEW:

Started the last seven of the thirteen games he appeared in as a true freshman, with those starts coming as a weakside linebacker. Missed two games as a sophomore but nonetheless led the team in tackles. Suffered a torn ACL and MCL and broke his tibia three games into his junior year, causing him to redshirt. Was suspended for the season opener of the following years after being arrested for DUI, but started in the remaining thirteen games. Was named a team captain and All-Pac-12 First Team selection as a redshirt senior, staying healthy all year.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate with four years of quality starting experience in a major conference.
•    Overall combination of height and weight are adequate for three-or-four-man fronts.
•    Forceful hitter who uses an impressive combination of explosion and wrap technique.
•    Plays with an impressive motor; a fiery competitor who competes through the whistle.
•    Has experience as a blitzer, including on delay blitzes, made further strides as a senior.
•    Works through traffic well, can also anchor versus blockers when defending the run.
•    Skilled at shooting gaps in the run game, can blow up some plays before they develop.
•    Remembers to get his hands up and bat down passes when he can’t reach the passer.
•    Knee injury, arrest concerns may be eased by subsequent durability, captain status.

NEGATIVES:

•    Looks awkward, robotic when asked to drop into coverage, much better downhill.
•    In addition to coverage, change-of-direction skills are lacking in general; linear player.
•    Not someone who teams will feel comfortable asking to assume a man-coverage role.
•    Can get overly aggressive in zone coverage, allowing him to be manipulated by passer.
•    Not fast enough to compensate when fooled by misdirection or caught out of position.
•    Teams will want to have their doctors closely examine his serious 2011 knee injury.
•    Character will require some investigation after being arrested for DUI prior to 2012.

SUMMARY:

Skov’s four years of productive starting experience at Stanford should help him overcome his gruesome 2011 injury and later DUI arrest. His recognition skills, ability to take on blocks, reliable tackling, and capabilities as a blitzer should help him remain on the field more often than not, although his overall movement skills and coverage abilities leave something to be desired. As a pro, would fit best as a downhill inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense such as Pittsburgh’s which asks their linebackers to execute various different blitzing assignments. The type of player whose physicality and passion will endear him to pro coaching staffs.

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