OT MITCHELL SCHWARTZ – Cal – 6-5, 317
Schwartz played both RT and LT at Cal. 4-year starter. Good size. Better run blocker than pass protector, but good enough to play OT. Schwartz is hardly an unknown guy, but his showing at the Senior Bowl got a lot of people’s attention. Schwartz was the one OT who had some success against Quinton Coples.
Schwartz is fun to watch as a run blocker. He really gets after it. Actually put Coples on the ground in the Senior Bowl. Has the strength to do it and the nasty streak to want to do it. Good on combo blocks (where he starts w/ double team, then peels off an goes for LB). Schwartz is good on the second level.
Doesn’t have smooth feet. Too upright in his pass sets. Does use his hands well. Not a guy who will get style points. Just finds a way to win the 1-on-1 battle most of the time. Lots of grit. Good awareness. Reads blitzes well. Active blocker. Anchors well.
Doesn’t project to LT in the NFL. Lacks ideal athletic ability. He could be a very good RT or even G. Cal had a similar player named John Welbourn that was taken in the 1999 draft. He started at RT, but got hurt and then settled in at LG for a solid career. Schwartz could go as early as the 2nd round. If not there, 3rd. Won’t last beyond that unless there is some strange issue.
While Schwartz isn’t a gifted pass protector, he is a smart, veteran OT who can get the job done and will be an outright good run blocker. He can be a good OT in the right offense.