Photo of Shayne Skov
Grade
5.5 ?
  • 6'2" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

2013: Third-team AP All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 selection. Was a finalist for the Butkus Award. Played in 14 games (all starts) at inside linebacker. Recorded a team-high 109 tackles (62 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 2012: Honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. Started 13 games after missing the season opener. Returned to action less than one year after major knee injury and rehabilitation. 2011: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in season's third week against Arizona. 2010: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. 2009: Appeared in all 13 games and started seven games at WILL linebacker.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding instincts and recognition -- plays much faster than he clocks on a stopwatch. Goes full throttle and plays very hard. Times up the blitz extremely well. Explosive tackler. Alert in coverage. Intense emotional leader. Vocal leader. Has a love for the game and it shows. Ideal special-teams temperament. Fluent in Spanish.

Weaknesses

Marginal foot speed -- limited twitch and agility to adjust to movement in coverage and could be exposed by NFL backs and tight ends (though still does not look fully recovered from ACL injury). Can play with too much abandon and recklessly miss some tackles flying to the ball (out of control). Long-term durability is a concern -- has already had multiple knee surgeries.

Bottom Line

A ballhawking, two-down Mike linebacker with a natural feel for the game, Skov has still not returned to pre-injury form and does not have full plant strength in his knee.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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