O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

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    O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)  

    Analysis:

    Read & React: Very good nose for the ball playing near the line or in space. Plays faster than his timed speed indicates because of his football IQ. Aware and reads misdirection on the edge. Gets his hands up to block passes near the line.

    Run defense: Takes good angles to the ball and is a reliable tackler in the open. Stands his ground very well against tackles on either side of the line considering he is undersized. Explodes into double teams. Able to punch and disengage to chase down run plays run to his side, but will be engulfed regularly by NFL offensive tackles. Beats cut blocks with his hands, recovers quickly to chase down the ball.

    Pass defense: Displays the speed needed to cover tight ends and running backs downfield and in the flat. Attacks plays in front of him, takes good angles and wraps securely. Aware of screens and can take out a running back before quarterback can throw the ball. Better receivers and tight ends will separate from him using their length. Must improve the fluidity in his backpedal and drop to get into position in coverage. Inexperienced recognizing routes and will need to prove he can make the interception.

    Tackling: Always hustles to the ball whether the play is on his side or he needs to chase down the line or downfield. Uses his long arms to wrap up securely, can be explosive enough to knock the ball loose. Doesn't have the size or strength to make a lot of arm tackles. Former special teams ace with a future there because of his speed and willingness to throw his body into the fray.

    Pass Rush/Blitz: Relentless pass rusher. Often double-teamed and works through blocks and traffic until the ball is away. Explodes from three-point stance or when standing up, although he will be the last guy off the ball at times. Gets the corner against slower tackles and tight ends, and can push them into the pocket using his lack of height to get under their pads. Strong hands to rip off blocks and force fumbles. Stays balanced after a spin or outside-in move. Nice backfield awareness; stays home on misdirection and can disrupt passing lanes with good vertical and arm length if unable to reach the quarterback. Explodes into running back blocks.

    Intangibles: Facing a nine-month rehab, at minimum, after tearing ligaments in his knee at the Senior Bowl. Team captain. Looked up to by younger teammates and respected by all players and coaches. Leader by nature, growing up in Navy household and in junior ROTC while in high school. Pushes his teammates to match his standards in the classroom, weight room and practice field.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/565191


    He tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practices.  He was a solid 2-3 round pick prior to the injury.  Now he could go 5-7 round or undrafted.  Schofield projects to ILB in the NFL.  He states he's 6-2+, 245-250.  He claims during a Junior Pro Day he ran a 4.43 in shorts on field turf, a school record.  Officially his 40 is 4.63 which is still pretty decent.

    Obviously he will need a year to recover and return to form but maybe he'd be worth a 6-7th rounder, let him sit out and learn while he rehabs.  If he returns to form in 2011, it would be such a nice gain hopefully like what we hope happens with McKenzie this year.

    what do you guys think would he be a good pickup in the 5th/6th round?
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    I might take a flyer on him in the 6-7th rds. 
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    pass
     
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    If they want a solid player that they can bring in to play in 2011 he would make an excellent 6th round choice! The only question is will some other team be willing to draft him in an earlier round? He could be this years McKenzie...Heal 'em up and let him get 'er done in the year 11...
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    The only way I would pick him up is with a 7th round pick or a 6th if we had an extra 6th (compensation picks yet to be determined). There he might be a good value.
     
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    Maybe in the late 6th or 7th.  My issue is that we need players who can play this year.  If he is a UDFA than we pounce.
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    In Response to Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin):
    The only way I would pick him up is with a 7th round pick or a 6th if we had an extra 6th (compensation picks yet to be determined). There he might be a good value.
    Posted by DaBlade
    Considering that we already have an extra 7th round pick and that would be before compensation picks are awarded and the Patriots will get 2 more picks in compensation.So he would make a good p/u with a 6th rounder.
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    Sounds like an interesting prospect but I would spend more then a late 6th to 7th
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    So he wont get back his explosivness for about a year after his rookie year redshirting him basically. The pats had interest in him before he tore his ACL. 7th round pick at best. 

    His speed probably wont come back for awhile. Already got McKenzie who is an high character guy. If the Pats feel they could take a flyer and it wont hurt and the upside is there all for it. But to me its just wishy washy why even waste time on a guy like that who likely wont work out.
     
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    Re: O'Brien Schofield OLB/ILB (Wisconsin)

    we will be getting a projected 4 compensatory 6th/7th round picks due to players lost in the FA i think we should use one of them on him, compensatory picks at this level are like free players. I wouldn't mind taking a chance on him.
     

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