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Name: Shayne Skov (+) Coming off Calf INJ
College: Stanford     Number: 11
Height: 6-2   Weight: 245
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2014

40 Time: 4.95

Projected Round: 3-4
     Stock: 
Rated number 3 out of 152 ILB's      112 / 2882 TOTAL
Combine Invite: 
Height: 6022
Weight: 245
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Dates: 03/20/14
Height: 6022
Weight: 245
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 Overview

  Skov signed with Stanford as a highly regarded recruit and immediately stood out, appearing in 13 games with seven starts in 2009.

He led Stanford with 84 tackles in 2010, but suffered a torn ACL the following season. Skov returned to the field in 2012, but didn't appear to regain his full explosion until the start of his senior year - but what a final season it was.

Easing concerns about his health, Skov started all 14 games, leading a highly instinctive and physical Cardinal defense with 109 tackles, including 13 for loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Best of all, Skov seemed to rise to the occasion in Stanford's biggest games, recording nine tackles (including two for loss) and two forced fumbles against a speedy Oregon offense, a team-high nine tackles (including eight solos) against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game and nine tackles, including three for loss, a sack and a forced fumble against Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Skov's physicality and penchant for the big play will earn him high marks. But a lack of speed could limit him to teams operating out of a traditional 3-4 alignment (like the one in which he starred at Stanford). Further, with the NFL increasingly turning towards the passing game, Skov's role could be limited to just first and second down.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS: Ideal size and temperament for the inside linebacker position. Possesses broad shoulders, a trim middle and thick lower-body. Terrific instincts and physicality. A tone-setter in the middle, who frequently made big plays at key moments for the Cardinal. Demonstrated more explosiveness in 2013, in his second season removed from a torn ACL. Explodes through holes in the offensive line to make emphatic tackles in the backfield. One of Skov's greatest attributes has always been aggression in taking on and shedding blockers in the hole. Displayed greater patience in 2013 when breaking down with ball-carriers in the open field because he has regained his explosive closing ability. This has led to less lunging by Skov and more secure textbook tackling. Voted a team captain.

WEAKNESSES: Likely limited to inside linebacker duties in a 3-4 alignment due to the fact that he does not possess ideal speed to beat backs to the edge, nor the fluidity for extensive coverage responsibilities. Working to break a bad habit of lunging. Over-aggression caused Skov to take himself out of too many plays early in his career. Torn ACL in 2011, although he showed regained explosion in '13.

COMPARES TO: David Harris, New York Jets - Like the Jets' standout inside linebacker, Skov's value lies with his instincts and physicality, especially as a run-stuffer. He's a fiery competitor who will quickly emerge as a fan favorite, even if his lack of ideal athleticism limits his role.

--Rob Rang


 2013 Season

  FWAA All-America second team... Associated Press All-America third team... SI.com All-America second team... CBSSports.com All-America third team... Athlon Sports All-America third team... Athlon Sports All-Pac-12 first team... Athlon Sports Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year ... ESPN.com All-Pac-12... Stanford's Jim Reynolds Award... All-Pac-12 first team... Team captain

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 12)... Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 11)... Nine tackles and one quarterback hurry against San Jose State... Six tackles (three solo) at Army... Nine tackles (one sack, one for loss) vs. Arizona State... Four solo tackles (one for loss) against Washington State... 15 tackles (eight solo), 1.5 sacks for 10 yards vs. Washington... Nine tackles (two for loss) and pass breakup at Utah... Seven tackles (six solo) with one sack and two quarterback hurries vs. UCLA... Four tackles, one pass breakup at Oregon State... Team-high nine tackles (two for loss), two forced fumbles vs. Oregon... Team-high nine tackles (seven solo), one fumble recovery at USC... Four tackles (three solo), one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries vs. Cal... Six tackles, six-yard sack and two quarterback hurries vs. Notre Dame... Team-high nine tackles (eight solo) vs. Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game.


 2012 Season

  Vocal and emotional leader of the defense started all 13 games after sitting out the season opener...returned to the field less than one year after a major knee injury and rehabilitation...rounded into his best form at the season's end...totaled team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks...had eight tackles (three solo) against Wisconsin in a Rose Bowl victory...delivered his top performance of the year at No. 1 Oregon with 10 tackles including seven solo stops...exploded for a pivotal solo tackle of Marcus Mariota for no gain on fourth down at Stanford's own seven-yard line...honored as the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Eugene...made nine tackles (seven solo) including two for loss vs. UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game...recorded two tackles for loss including a nine-yard sack among five tackles (four solo) in the Big Game at Cal...had seven tackles and assisted a TFL in the home win vs. Washington State...delivered five of his nine tackles vs. Arizona for the fourth quarter and overtime...recorded an eight-yard solo sack in the shutout victory at Colorado...made six tackles and assisted a TFL in his second game back from injury vs. No. 2 USC...has seven tackles (three solo) and a solo tackle for loss of Keith Price at Washington...made his return to action vs. Duke with five tackles and three solo stops, plus a pass breakup...earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

 2011 Season

  Sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week Three at Arizona...finished the year with 19 tackles, including 1.5 sacks among his 5.0 tackles for loss...had seven stops in the season opener against San Jose State...recorded 11 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, at Duke...had one tackle against Arizona before suffering a knee injury in the second quarter.

 2010 Season

  Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...was also named Stanford's most outstanding sophomore...finished the regular season as the team's top tackler from his inside linebacker's position, despite missing the first two games of the season with injury...recorded 84 total tackles, including 50 solo stops...also had 7.5 sacks among his 10.5 tackles-for-loss...credited with five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles...teamed with Owen Marecic to form one of the top inside linebacker tandems in the Pac-10...ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.64)...made his season debut against Wake Forest and finished with four tackles, including one for loss...set the tone for Stanford's defense in the Cardinal's 37-14 victory at Notre Dame...finished with eight tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble...dropped Irish quarterback Dayne Crist twice in the first quarter...also forced a fumble with his second sack of the game at the 3:30 mark that led to a Nate Whitaker field goal...credited with nine tackles at Oregon...finished with a season-high 13 tackles against USC, including one for loss...effort culminated a three-game stretch in which he totaled 30 tackles...totaled 46 tackles over the last six games of the season in which Stanford allowed just 56 points while pitching two shutouts...finished with 12 tackles, 3.0 sacks and one pass breakup in a stellar Orange Bowl effort against Virginia Tech.

 2009 Season

  Earned honorable mention freshman All-America marks by CollegeFootballNews.com...appeared in all 13 games and started the last seven contests at will linebacker...finished the season as the team's third leading tackler with 62 total stops, including 33 unassisted efforts...had 3.0 tackles-for-loss...also credited with one pass breakup...came off the bench for the first six game of the season...took over the starting position at will linebacker against Arizona...had 50 tackles in his seven starting assignments...had five tackles in three straight games against Arizona State, Oregon and USC...also recorded a tackle-for-loss against the Ducks...registered a season-high 12 tackles against Cal, including five solo stops...credited with six total tackles against Notre Dame....registered a season-best 15 tackles in the Sun Bowl against Oklahoma, including six solo stops...also was credited with 1.5 tackles-for-loss...recipient of the Menlo-Atherton Award honoring the team's top freshman.

 High School

  Graduated from Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y...played for head coach Dave Coratti...five-star recruit by Scout.com and earned a four-star rating by Rivals.com...listed as the third-best middle linebacker in the nation by both Scout and Rivals.com and 10th-best overall linebacker by SuperPrep Magazine...PrepStar All-American was ranked as the 45th-top recruit in the nation by Rivals.com...credited with 61 total tackles as a senior, including 42 solo efforts...was named the Erickson Conference Player of the Year and earned U.S. Army All-America honors as a senior...helped Trinity-Pawling to Erickson Conference and New England Prep titles as a senior...two-time all-conference and all-New England selection...participated in the U.S. Army High School All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas, where he recorded three tackles-for-loss among his seven total tackles...also lettered in basketball and track and field...attended Piedmont (Calif.) High School as a freshman in 2006 before transferring to Trinity-Pawling HS in Dutchess County, New York.

 Personal

  Great-grandfather Rogers P. Smith served as varsity captain of Stanford's track team in 1931...parents are Peter and Terri Skov...has one younger brother...born in San Francisco, Calif. ....full name is Shayne Miller Skov...majoring in management science and engineering.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
04/15/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Shayne Skov, Stanford, 6-2, 245, 4.95, 3-4...Although NFLDraftscout.com ratings have Skov outside the top 100, the expectation here is he will go earlier. And this opinion has nothing to do with knowing his agent, Steve Baker, since he was a newcomer working for some other agent back in the 1980s. Skov is a complex person and athlete who showed first-round ability in 2010 before blowing out a knee in 2011. Last year, he finally played back to form as an enforcer with brutally strong hands and a knack at timing blitzes and causing turnovers. What he lacks in graceful agility he makes up for with a rudely abrupt style of play. Frankly: Doubters be damned. Draft him. Pay him. Play him. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/15/14 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford: When healthy, the 49ers may possess the league's most fearsome quartet of linebackers, but the horrific knee injury suffered by Bowman in the NFC Championship game and a gradual leveling of play in recent years from Patrick Willis could make ILB a surprisingly high priority on draft-day. Skov plays with the physicality and instincts to fit into this scheme and obviously Harbaugh would know him well due to their time together on The Farm. What Skov may lack in straight-line speed, he more than makes up for with efficient movement and explosive, timely hitting. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Combine-snub Ben Gardner surprise star at Stanford...Prior to the workout, scouts received word that one of Stanford's most well-known defenders - passionate inside linebacker Shayne Skov - would not be participating. He pulled a hamstring on Monday in preparation for the workout. He'll hold a personal Pro Day on April 21. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Linebacker Shayne Skov helps anchor the Stanford defense that has allowed just 18.6 points a game this season and less than 90 yards rushing a game. He has 100 tackles and is much like Bullough in the sense that he gets the Stanford defense in the right position and knows the opposing offense as well as any player on the field. - The Sports Xchange
12/03/13 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford...Skov has led Stanfordís defense in tackles with 91 so far including a team-best 48 solo efforts. He has 10.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two recoveries to go with four pass breakups. Skov enters play Saturday eighth in Stanford history with 335 career tackles. - Stanford football

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