O'Brien Schofield NFL Draft scouting report

O'Brien Schofield
6'2, 221 pounds | Outside linebacker | Wisconsin

Strengths:
Schofield is an experienced player who reads plays really well. Quickly sniffs out and differentiates pass and run plays. Closes with a lot of speed and intensity. Has lined up in a two-, three- and four-point stance. Very athletic. Showed during offseason practices that he can drop back into coverage and still make a play. Takes nearly perfect angles when he's tracking the run to the outside.

Weaknesses: Played defensive end in college and will need to transition to a new position. Can be moved around by blockers and needs to get much stronger, particularly in his lower body. Inexperienced dropping into coverage in actual games. Struggles when he has to work to the inside and gets lost in the trash. Has a variety of pass rush moves, but executes none of them especially well. Tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practice and may be a non-factor his first year in the league.

Final word: No player benefited more during East-West Shrine Game practice than Schofield. But whatever team takes Schofield is taking a risk. His game is based on quickness and athleticism. How much that is negatively affected by the torn ACL is unknown.

When Schofield is fit, he's a dangerous pass rusher and is a heady player. He may not go until the five or sixth round, but could be a steal for a team that has patience.

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