It is no secret that the Green Bay Packers have to draft a linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Shayne Skov could be that guy. Although he has had a couple of ACL surgeries in his career, Skov is a player who can find the ball in the running game. Another thing about Skov is how he has the potential to play multiple positions at the next level because of his length. At 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Skov is a bit undersized to play as a middle linebacker. But, his instincts and his athletic ability make up for his flaws.
At Stanford, Skov was a starter in all of his years there. He amassed over 150 tackles there, and he added in some sacks to go with it. Perhaps the best thing about Skov is how quick he is. He is a smart linebacker, who went to one of the best colleges in all of the country. He can make a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage, and he can get by offensive linemen by using an arsenal of moves.
I compare Skov to a player like Brandon Spikes. He will come in the league, and make an immediate impact against the run game. But it is crucial for Skov to work on his skills against the pass. Because of this vital flaw, Skov is projected to go in the third round of this year’s draft. If Skov is available in the third when the Packers are on the clock, there should be no reason why this shouldn’t take this productive player.
Skov could come in day one and play next to A.J. Hawk. Green Bay needs to upgrade their defense in all of the levels. Knowing Skov can play multiple positions will be extremely important in the pre-draft process leading up the draft. His injury history is concerning, but Skov has a ton of upside that NFL teams will love.