Brian Schwenke: 5 Things You Need to Know About the California Center

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2013

Brian Schwenke: 5 Things You Need to Know About the California Center

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    One thing that Brian Schwenke proved while playing for the California Golden Bears was that he's versatile. He lined up at left guard, right guard and center during his career, and his versatility is something NFL teams will surely love.

    Schwenke also has good athleticism and experience. He's a solid addition to any NFL roster. Here are five things you need to know about Schwenke. 


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    Full Name: Brian Max Schwenke Jr.

    Birthday: March 22, 1991

    Hometown: Oceanside, California

    High School: Oceanside High School

    Major: Political Science

    Year: Senior

    Schwenke was a dominant offensive lineman during his high school years. He was ranked the No. 44 overall offensive lineman and a 3-star recruit by


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    2010: 12 starts, 158.8 rushing yards per game, 19 rushing touchdowns, 174.8 passing yards per game, 16 passing touchdowns, 25.8 points per game

    2011: 12 starts, 154.8 rushing yards per game, 25 rushing touchdowns, 246.6 passing yards per game, 17 passing touchdowns, 28.3 points per game

    2012: 12 starts, 183 rushing yards per game, 18 rushing touchdowns, 208.3 passing yards per game, 13 passing touchdowns, 23 points per game

    The California Golden Bears never really had a dominant run game or pass game while Brian Schwenke was on the roster. However, Schwenke played consistent football throughout his collegiate career.

    He started 36 of a possible 37 games during his last three seasons. Even though he didn't start as a freshman, he did play sparingly in 12 games during his freshman season.

    All statistics from and refer to overall team statistics.

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 314 lbs

    Arm Length: 32"

    Hand Size: 10-1/4"

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.99 seconds

    Bench press: 31 reps

    Vertical jump: 26.5"

    Broad jump: 108"

    3-cone drill: 7.31 seconds (top performer)

    20-yard shuttle: 4.74 seconds

    Brian Schwenke put together a surprisingly good performance at the NFL combine. His athleticism, strength and short-area quickness were all on display for NFL teams.

    All combine results courtesy of

Interesting Facts

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    Throughout his high school career, Brian Schwenke played with some pretty talented players.

    Two of his offensive line teammates during high school were Utah offensive guard Sam Brenner and Kentucky offensive guard Larry Warford. Both Brenner and Warford should be joining an NFL roster like Schwenke this year.

    Schwenke also played in high school with former Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn.


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    The most important thing when finding the right offensive lineman is making sure he fits a team's blocking scheme. As Ryan Lownes of Bleacher Report points out, Brian Schwenke would fit best in a zone-blocking scheme:

    A zone-blocking Center such as Brian Schwenke will generate interest, but that may qualify as a bit of a reach in 2nd. #NFLDraft32in32

    — Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) April 18, 2013

    Matthew Elder of let us know just how good Schwenke was at the combine:

    Wasn't a center anywhere near #Cal Brian Schwenke at the combine today. Crushed it.…

    — Matthew Elder (@Matthewcelder) February 24, 2013