In my last dynasty piece, I looked at one of my favorite linebackers,
In this piece, I’m moving out west to Stanford University for another linebacker that should be on your radar, Shayne Skov. He didn’t participate in any of the drills at the Scouting Combine, so I’m hoping he’ll participate at his Pro Day.
Skov suffered a devastating knee injury in 2011 and only appeared in three games that year. After recording 146 total tackles in 2009 and 2010, 2011 was looking like a monster season, recording 19 tackles, five for a loss, in just three contests. He was a tackle machine in 2013 racking up 109 tackles, including 62 solos and 13 tackles for loss. He also added pass rushing to his repertoire, notching 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. He finished his Stanford career with 200 solo tackles and 40.5 tackles for loss and looks like a solid NFL linebacker.
He’s got nice size at 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds and has a similar makeup to
Along with the size, he has the attitude to play the position to go along with his instincts and physical nature. He really improved his play in 2013, especially his closing burst to get to the ball carrier. Another plus – he’s not afraid of contact and welcomes it, in fact. He can take on blockers to get to the ball carrier.
The only drawback to his game is his speed. He doesn’t display that lateral, sideline to sideline speed that most middle linebackers possess. Missed tackles could also be an issue early as he tends to take bad angles and over-pursue.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP) Outlook
IDP Leaguers will be hoping he lands with a team that deploys a 3-4 base scheme. He was a beast in Stanford’s scheme, and, as far as injury concerns, regained his footing and confidence in 2013 as he started all 14 games and led a physical defense. Another characteristic that will make him appealing to potential suitors, he picked his play up in big games.
Against Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game, he racked up eight solos (nine total tackles), and in the Rose Bowl Game, recorded nine tackles (six solo) and a sack. His fluidity, or lack thereof, could hinder him in the passing game, so there’s pause that he could be a two-down linebacker. However, depending on where he lands, he could find himself in an every-down role. He’s looking like a third-round pick and could make an immediate IDP impact in 2014, making him a desired target in dynasty leagues.
Mike Woellert is a staff writer and part of the Fantasy Sharks IDP Team. For more IDP insight, follow on Twitter @Mike_Woellert