This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Mitchell Schwartz, California
Ht: 6’5 1/8, Wt: 317 pounds
Strengths: Displays good power to neutralize stronger defensive ends and is quick enough to move to the outside against speed guys. Seems to have a great understanding of the game and knows how to pick up blitzes.
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to get high in his stance, which negates his power advantage. Range in pass protection is questionable. Needs to keep his legs moving more in the run game.
Combine quotable: I think I can play both sides. I think I’m quick enough, I think I’m athletic enough to handle the left side. I mean, in the NFL, you’ve got great D-ends on both sides. I mean, the whole, you’re going against the blind side type thing, you have just as good of defensive ends on the other side. I think it’s a little overblown, the whole right, left side type of deal. There’s a lot of successful guys on both sides who could do both if they’re asked.