O'Brien Schofield, LB Wisconsin 6'3 - 248 lbs.
Maybe a late round pick for us?
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O'Brien Schofield, LB Wisconsin
How do you feel about the transition from defensive end to linebacker?
I came out here today to show that I can stand up and play on the outside. It's been a great time showing my skills and that I can make that transition. I'm gonna show I'm a coverage linebacker.
What did you measure during the weigh-in?
I measured in this morning at 6'2, 242. I was listed at 250 but I lost weight during the year.
How was today's practice different than at Wisconsin?
The biggest thing I noticed was that these coaches are keeping it simple. They're allowing everyone to understand the situation.
What's your biggest asset when you step on the football field?
I will be able to cover well, man on man and stuff like that.
What scouts have showed interest in you the last few days?
I had interviews from Scouts from Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta and New England.
Most of the teams are 43 teams, how do you feel about that?
I'm likely gonna have to stand up and play strong side linebacker and I feel I can work in any scheme.
But I would love to put my hand down and just get up and go.
from O'Brien Schofield Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect
O'Brien Schofield has a monster senior season for the Badgers. Schofield started his career playing on
special teams for Wisconsin, getting his first start in their 2007 bowl game at defensive end, where he
had three tackles and a forced fumble. As a junior in 2008, he registered 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss,
and 5 sacks in 13 games at defensive end. This year as a senior, Schofield made the transition to
outside linebacker, which should benefit his professional career greatly. He played in 11 games for
Wisconsin this season with 55 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 passes broken up in
coverage, and forced 2 fumbles. Schofield is too small to play defensive end in the NFL, and his
best position would likely be as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He is an incredible pass rusher, but
this year's experience dropping into coverage should show scouts he has the ability to make the
transition. Because he is new to the position, he'll need a strong showing in the post season games
and workouts to solidify his draft status. At this point, he is likely a fourth or fifth round
selection, but has an excellent chance to improve his stock