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2012 Possible Atlanta Falcons Draft Pick Profile: OT Mitchell Schwartz

Scott CarasikContributor IIApril 19, 2012

With Atlanta needing a top left tackle, they have brought in a bunch of different tackles. Schwartz made the trip cross country recently and could be a surprise in the NFL.

 

Mitchell Schwartz

Offensive Tackle

University of California

 

Combine Measurements

Height: 6’5-1/8” Weight: 318 pounds

Arm Length: 33-1/2” Hand Measurement: 10”

40 yard dash: 5.45 sec. 20 yard split: 3.12 sec. 10 yard split: 1.92 sec.

20 yard shuttle: 4.87 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.86 sec. Bench Reps: 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 26.5" Broad Jump: 7'5"

 

Stats

2007 - Redshirt

2008 - 13 Games, 10 Games Started at Left Tackle, 3 Games Started at Right Tackle

2009 - 13 Games, 13 Games Started at Right Tackle

2010 - 12 Games, 12 Games Started at Left Tackle

2011 - 13 Games, 13 Games Started at Left Tackle

 

Scouting Report

Strengths

He’s very experienced as a four-year starter for California, and he is versatile enough to play both left and right tackle. He’s extremely aggressive and plays through the whistles and is a top run blocker in the draft.

He takes on bull rushes excellently and is very effective when he pulls out in plays. He also gets amazing leverage in the run game, and can make it to the second level effectively blocking linebackers out of plays and creating extended running lanes.

 

Weaknesses

He has issues keeping his center of gravity low, especially in pass blocking situations. He has issues handling speed rushers and needs a lot of work in his technique and footwork. He also tends to keep his arms in vs. speed rushers and needs to remember to use his punch.

 

Overview

He’s one of the stronger more reliable offensive tackles in the draft this year and is a top run blocker. He is has a second to third-round grade and could end up being a long-term starter at right tackle for a team.

 

How he would fit into the Falcons' plans

He would signify a return to a more powerful blocking scheme. Schwartz is one of the stronger players in the draft and could end up as the left tackle starter from the onset.

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