SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When the offseason began, nobody would have thought of Shayne Skov as a potential starter next to Navorro Bowman. Many still scoff at the idea or notion that Skov could get the job done. However, there are several reasons throughout this preseason to indicate that Skov is starter worthy … and then some.
Coming out of Stanford, Skov went undrafted. The big knock on him was his marginal foot speed coupled with the fact that he tore his ACL followed by a significant knee injury the next season in 2011. His projected value in the 2014 Draft was in or around the 3rd round. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award which most thought would help his draft stock. It didn’t. Teams felt like he was too big a risk considering the two major injuries.
Being that he played under Jim Harbaugh prior to the 49ers hiring the former Stanford head coach, the Niners decided to give him a shot and signed him as an undrafted free agent to rehabilitate and earn a roster spot. A year removed and Skov could not look anymore like his former self and possibly even better.
Though it is just the preseason, Shayne Skov leads the 49ers in not only tackles with (16) but tackles for loss as well. This indicates that his explosiveness is back. In watching the Niners against the Texans, Cowboys, and Broncos a couple times each, it seems to me that with Skov’s ability to get sideline to sideline the way Chris Borland could last year, that he would be the clear choice to start along side another explosive, rehabilitated player in Navorro Bowman.
Obviously the coaching staff is there everyday and reviews the film more than we could possibly do but what we have seen as fans this offseason from Skov certainly warrants him to at the very least be in the conversation.
This 49ers team needs playmakers, not stop gaps like Wilhoite and Skov has been demonstrating that since his college days!
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