NFL Draft 2010: O'Brien Schofield's Chances Take A Hit After ACL Tear

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 27:  O'Brien Schofield #50 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts to a missed interception during the Champs Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles on December 27, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After winning defensive MVP honors at last weekend's East-West Shrine Game, former Wisconsin standout defensive end O'Brien Schofield's stock was only rising in terms of draft position.

No more.

On Monday, in preparation for this weekend's Senior Bowl, Schofield tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while participating in a one-on-one drill against Massachusetts offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse.

After finishing 2009 with 24.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, Schofield was predicted to go in the middle rounds as a rushing linebacker for a team that employed the 3-4 defensive scheme, much like DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys.

He impressed many with his play at linebacker in the Shrine Game, especially because he had to make a quick transition after playing defensive end in 2009 for the Badgers. In that game, Schofield finished with three tackles and an interception.

With the NFL Draft only months away, it would be unlikely that any team would take Schofield, considering the surgery he requires would mean that he could miss most of the 2010 season.

The only other Badger likely to be drafted is tight end Garrett Graham, who will probably go in the middle to late rounds.

 

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