Mitchell Schwartz, OT/OG, California

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Mitchell Schwartz, OT/OG, California

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:05 pm

California Senior
40: 5.45


Has good size and can make it difficult to get around him on the edge. Works well in a short-area with a good hard punch. Sets up well and plays with good footwork and knee bend on his pass drops. Has a wide base and comfortable working out of the two-point stance. Flashes potential as a drive blocker with decent pop off the snap, good led drive, and consistently finishes his blocks. Can release onto the second level and get the seal against the linebacker. Does a nice job getting the seal on the edge and will use his hands and size well to get position in short-yardage.


Lacks ideal athleticism and ability on the edge. Doesn't have great feet, and tends to open his stance when he's matched up against speed. Doesn't do a good job initiating contact against speed, because he doesn't play with great balance when trying to deliver his punch. Whiffs too often on his punch and will give up the sack. Struggles to adjust against the inside counter move at times and can get beat by the bull rush because he lets defenders get into him. Struggles to redirect against speed. Not super fluid or athletic when asked to block in space and will struggle to locate assignments on the second level for that reason. Doesn't have great pop at the point of attack as a run blocker, and it shows when he's working out of the three-point stance. Will take a false step and has to gear up to deliver his punch there. Can't always lock on and will get overextended on his straight-ahead blocks. Needs to get better hand placement to be a more effective drive blocker.


Schwartz has good size that can make him an effective position blocker. He has good footwork and technique at times, but doesn't use his hands very well. He tends to struggle against speed, and while he's more then capable of getting the job done, he'll likely have some issues playing on the left side in the pros. He has enough ability that he could potentially develop as a decent right tackle, but his athletic limitations and struggles against speed might make him a more effective interior player similar to his older brother, Geoff, is a former guard for the Carolina Panthers, now with the Vikings. He logged a lot of starts during his career at Cal, being a four-year starter and is experienced playing on both sides of the line.


(10/6) at Oregon: 2 key blocks, 1 missed block, 1 sack, 2 pressures; Downfield: 1/2
(10/13) vs. USC: Downfield: 0/1
(12/28) vs. Texas: Downfield: 0/1; Cut: 0/3


2011: 13 GP/13 GS, left tackle
2010: 12/12, left tackle
2009: 13/13, right tackle
2008: 13/13, 3 at RT, 10 at LT
2007: redshirted


Schwartz can play tackle, but probably will be forced to move the right side. What limits him is not really his lack of ideal athleticism,but the fact that he doesn't compensate it for having good hands. If he is developed as a tackle, then down the road he can potentially become a Tyson Clabo-esque starter. A guy that can get the job done, but won't wow you. But that's going to require him to really improve his hands. Playing on the right side should help him since he won't have to deal with speed as much. But the dichotomy of the two positions is lessening nowadays, and even then he could struggle. He's probably better off being developed initially as a guard, where his issues with speed won't be a major problem. And if he can improve his hand use and become a more consistent run blocker, he can be an effective player there. If he develops there, then you're probably looking at an effective starter, but not a great one. I think he can be a competent starter if he can get three or so years to develop. He's not the type of guy that teams will build around, but as a complementary guy that can get the job done he has ability. More than likely, he'll likely be a utility guy that can play four out of the five positions if he can develop as a guard. As a swing tackle, he might be competent down the road, but if you're ever going to have him get extended reps at left tackle, you're going to be in trouble. Schwartz is a guy that can provide solid depth, and has enough potential to be a competent starter down the road.


Schwartz can add depth to the Falcons lineup, but as far as being a guy that can contribute immediately, it's doubtful. Right now players such as Reynolds, Svitek, and Johnson are just further along in their development, and it's hard to see him beating out any of them for a reserve role in a fair competition. He's good enough that he can earn the last spot on a nine or ten-man rotation, but he's unlikely to contribute anything as a rookie. And he needs time to develop before he really contributes, probably at least two full seasons of riding the bench before you can expect contributions. And even then, you're probably looking at a guy that is more likely to be the next Garrett Reynolds at that point rather than the next Clabo. I think his value in Atlanta is probably performing a similar role as Reynolds or Svitek has in recent years, and maybe three or four years down the road he can step into the starting lineup and be a competent player.


Schwartz projects as a career backup that has enough upside to be a starter. He projects best being taken in the fifth round or later, but for a team looking for a utility reserve that can play both guard and tackle, he wouldn't be a major reach at the end of the fourth round.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 6.0
Pass Blocking: 5.0
Run Blocking: 5.5
Footwork: 6.0
Technique: 5.5
Mobility: 4.0
Mean Streak: 7.0
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