San Francisco 49ers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Shayne Skov
In my opinion, there wasn’t a better undrafted free agent than Stanford‘s Shayne Skov. Playing for one of the best football programs over the past few years, Skov has played against some of the best competition in college in the PAC-12. In his sophomore year, Skov tore his ACL, MCL and his tibia all in one play, but the left leg issues didn’t stop there; Skov needed three more surgeries to fix his leg. Fortunately, in his senior season, he played all 14 games. CBSSports.com had Skov going in the third or fourth round, so it is easy to see why he is one of the best undrafted free agents.
Skov elected to stay close to home and play for the in-state San Francisco 49ers. While the 49ers already have their starting linebackers in place in NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, Skov will have the opportunity to learn behind the two with fellow rookie Chris Borland. Bowman is coming back from an ACL injury and Willis is getting up their in age. Skov is one of the smartest rookie defenders and he will be a nice fit for the 49ers on special teams.
The main problem I have with Skov is his health. He basically only played a full year and a half in college, and it will be hard for the 49ers to utilize him because of that. The 49ers have taken chances on injury-prone players in the past, like Marcus Lattimore and Tank Carradine, and Skov is another guy who could be a low-risk, high-reward type of player. It will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Vic Fangio uses him in the defense.