Joe Schobert, LB
School: Wisconsin | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22? 23?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 244 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Sean Lee
Joe Schobert walked onto Wisconsin's football program and quickly proved to coached he was more than your typical walk-on recruit. He worked his way into being a larger part of the defense until he eventually won the starting job his Junior year. Schobert is used to doubters. His entire career people have said he isn't tall enough, fast enough, strong enough, long enough, or big enough. He proves those people wrong and then some with his ascending play and breakout Senior season against formidable opposition. Schobert was named a team captain his senior season. Despite not having prototypical measurables for an OLB prospect in the NFL Schobert uses his smarts, vision, quickness, and technique to consistently win off the edge. He has been described as "slippery" as he can bend the edge with such efficiency offensive lineman are forced to compromise their technique and leverage to try and stop him.
I believe Schobert can play OLB in the NFL in either a 4-3 or 3-4 base. Others cite concerns about his size (especially if he plays in a 3-4) and think he should be moved inside. I consider his one of the more versatile LB's in this draft and think he wouldn't have a problem generating a pass rush or dropping back in coverage at either LB position in either scheme.
- Excellent awareness and vision. Rarely loses sight of the ball or gets tricked. Very disciplined and true in his movements.
- Plays with great technique off the edge. Can win the leverage battle against much bigger offensive lineman. Bends the edge with fluidity and plays with active hands.
- Can stick with and control TE's in coverage, plays sticky and is a pest. With 10 passes defended in his career he has the production to back it up as well.
- Though a starter at OLB his nose for the ball was so good he was used as a cover guy on special teams kick offs as well.
- Excellent motor and effort.
- Considered undersized an average athlete and lacks length NFL teams like to see in edge rushers.
- Struggles to wrap up sometimes needs to improve tackling technique and convert some power in his hits.
- Needs to improve functional strength in the NFL. Can be moved off his spot if he doesn't win with his initial quickness
Let's see his work:
Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert is a slippery pass rusher. Wish he was 3 inches taller.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 18, 2016
Joe Schobert under the radar. Will excel as a SAM. If you want someone disciplined in run fills who works his tail off, he's your dude.— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) April 1, 2016
Two guys who fit the averages pretty well: B.J. Goodson from Clemson and Joe Schobert from Wisconsin https://t.co/C8iWJceiup— Cody Bauer (@CBauerNFLDraft) April 1, 2016
Most QB hits among edge rushers in draft class (sacks not included)— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 31, 2016
Joey Bosa 21
Emmanuel Ogbah 18
Shilique Calhoun 17
Joe Schobert 14
Sometimes watching tape can be a grind, but not tonight. LBs Joe Schobert and Kentrell Brothers are fun to watch. Kudos to them.— Eric Kennedy (@ericdkennedy) March 28, 2016
Joe Schobert is a very polished OLB. Holds edge well, great on twist, athletic in zone coverage & can come up in the clutch with big rushes.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) March 22, 2016
Best pass rush productivity in less than 2.6 seconds (Edge rushers):— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 22, 2016
Joe Schobert is considered an avg athlete by many NFL teams. If this isn't proof to the contrary, then chec... https://t.co/eFflvhVJTI— Top Pick Scouting (@TopPickScouting) March 21, 2016
It's all about leverage. Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert pic.twitter.com/ND2uyZLNPk— Matt Pearce (@Matt_Pearce13) March 18, 2016
Something I noticed from yesterday, even with Bama (Ragland) pro day, Lions LB coaches were in Wisc working out versitile LB Joe Schobert— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) March 10, 2016
Finding myself liking Joe Schobert from Wisconsin more than I thought I would. No clue where he fits but he can play!— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) March 3, 2016
Look at these comps for Joe Schobert at ILB in the spider chart.... he's going to be good: https://t.co/oFWsuBLsX8— Emmanual Benton (@Manny_PPI) February 29, 2016
@funderpunt I love Joe Schobert!!! Very fundamentally sound LB that can play both OLB & ILB in the 3-4. Likely a 4th-5th round type guy.— Ben Mitchum (@BenMitchum) February 29, 2016
Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert led the nation in pass rush productivity each of the last two seasons.— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 24, 2016
88 pressures on 325 rushes#PFFDraft
If you're into guys who just don't get blocked, Joe Schobert is your guy— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) February 16, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
With the move of Trent Murphy to DE and release of Jackson Jeffcoat I think the Redskins have room for another 3-4 OLB on the roster. They need not take one early this year with a player like Schobert potentially being available. Though some cite concerns about his effectiveness off the edge in a 3-4 he convinced me he could still make major impacts as an OLB from his production in college. I think he may have to add a bit of functional strength as he is a bit undersized for the edge but he definitely has the instincts, speed, quickness, and hands to make a difference. If he doesn't work out there the Redskins could breathe a sigh of relief as some experts project him moving inside in a 3-4 where he could also make a difference.
Schobert is one of those players that may not test well compared to the upper echelon of athletes that are coming into the NFL but he has always found a way to get things done. His ability to line up in several spots certainly boosts his value and he's proven he is still a factor against some of the top offensive lines in the country. Schobert is a player most fans won't have heard of but they'll be hearing his name on Sundays soon enough.