With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
One of the hottest players in the draft is Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who -- pound for pound -- is one of the best players, period. His statistics last season were off the charts -- six sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss (fourth in the FBS), four pass breakups, four forced fumbles and 143 total tackles (tied for third in the FBS).
The concern with Shazier, at least from a Jets perspective, is his size -- 6-foot-1, 237 pounds. He's probably too small to play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 base defense, which often requires the outside backers to set the edge on outside running plays. Because of the increase in passing, the linebacker prototype has changed -- even Rex Ryan acknowledges that -- but Shazier still is a square peg in a round hole for the Jets. A 4-3 defensive team near the bottom of Round 1 will get a terrific player.