NFL Draft 2011: Green Bay Packers Looking at Unheralded OLB Marc Schiechl

Matt SmithContributor IIIApril 21, 2011

Schiechl is a possible 7th Round/Free Agent option for the Packers
Schiechl is a possible 7th Round/Free Agent option for the Packers

Unknown to most, Marc Schiechl is a D-II prospect who played defensive end at the Colorado School of Mines.

An appealing fact about him is how good of a pass-rusher he is. Schiechl is the Division-II all time leader in sacks, recording 46 throughout his entire career. It's safe to say that Schiechl knows how to get to a quarterback.

Though he didn't get an invitation to the Combine, the Colorado School of Mines standout got another way to show scouts his abilities. He has worked out in both his own Pro Day and went to the nearby Air Force's Pro Day in order to give scouts another look.

Schiechl recorded amazing scores in most of the workouts he participated in.

He ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, which would have been one of the best scores for a defensive lineman, the area he would have tested as in the Combine.

Showing his tremendous strength, Schiechl pumped 225 pounds 38 times, which out of anyone at the Combine, would have been tied for second with Marvin Austin.

Stephen Paea was the leader in that category, somehow managing a Combine record 49 reps.

Other categories of interest are his broad jump, 10'5", which again, would've placed among the top at the NFL Combine had he been invited. The D-II sack leader also jumped 35" in the vertical jump, a nice score for a defensive lineman.

Though he played as a defensive lineman in college, Schiechl wouldn't be able to play that in a 3-4 scheme.

At 6'2" and 251 pounds, Schiechl just doesn't have the size to be a defensive end at the next level.

He would need to move to an outside linebacker, a place where, after a while, he may be able to take a starting job for the Packers.

Playing defensive end in college, Schiechl would need to transition to outside linebacker. As expected, he would undergo a necessary learning phase to become a player who can drop back into coverage if needed.

If Schiechl wanted to play immediately, he might be able to get a job on special teams.

He is a project player, but if the Packers use one of their 7th round picks on Schiechl then it might pay off big time.

His Pro Day numbers are outstanding, and he reportedly worked out very well. Plus, it seems as if the Packers have already taken an interest in him.

Not too many teams are taking a look at this outstanding pass rusher, but if we know Ted Thompson as well as we think we do, this is beginning to look like another small school, late-round pick we have become so accustomed to.