Photo of Shayne Skov
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Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Highly recruited out of New York, where he also lettered in basketball and track and field. Played all 13 games as a true freshman in 2009, starting the final seven at Will linebacker, and recorded 62 tackles, three for loss and zero sacks with a pass breakup. In '10, moved to inside linebacker in the Cardinal's 3-4 scheme and was the leading tackler -- posted 84-10.5-7.5 with five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Missed the first two games of the season while nursing a bursa sac injury. In '11, managed 19-5-1.5 with a pass breakup in three starts before tearing his ACL and MCL and breaking the tibia in his left leg (required three surgeries). Was arrested for DUI in February '12 and was suspended for the season opener against San Jose State. On the season, started 13 games at ILB and totaled 81-9-2.5 with a pass breakup. Was a Butkus Award finalist and the Cardinal's leading tackler for the third time in '13 when he started all 14 games and registered 109-13-5.5 with four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. Team captain. Was medically excluded at the NFL Scouting Combine (left calf).



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.


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). Has very short arms. 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.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

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
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.