"I'm in the middle of writing a text that Dallas is going to take him and the phone rings and it's the Steelers," Vernon Shazier, Ryan's father, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Good thing I didn't send out that text ... I think he ended up in the right place."
The Steelers, on the other hand, had planned to select cornerback Justin Gilbert (No. 8, Browns) or LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham (No. 12, Giants). Once those players were gone, general manager Kevin Colbert said it was "an easy evaluation" to switch gears and grab the best player on their board.
"The young man has no holes," coach Mike Tomlin said of Shazier. "... He's a defensive playmaker. Bigger than positional needs, what we needed was a defensive playmaker."
Tomlin and Colbert are thrilled to land their third option, a dynamic linebacker poised to help transform Dick LeBeau's defense from old and slow to younger and more athletic.