A four-star high school recruit, Schofield received a scholarship offer from every school in the Midwest, but chose Ann Arbor, redshirting in 2009 and seeing limited action as a reserve in 2010. He became the starting left guard in 2011 before moving to right tackle where he started every game the past two seasons, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors as a senior. Schofield is built well for the edge with good bend and arm length, but his limited quickness and heavy feet are tough to ignore. He plays like a veteran with the competitive attitude to finish blocks, but he works best in smaller spaces and might have to move inside in the NFL.
STRENGTHS: Good height and well-proportioned frame with adequate arm length. Wide base to dig hits cleats in the ground and wall off lanes with his wide sets and initial kickslide. Nice job keeping his base square to his target, using patience and body position well. Keeps his belt low and knees bent to anchor and win with leverage ? not an easy guy to move from his spot. Good awareness to pick up extra rushers and extends well to absorb and control contact. Try-hard overachiever and leaves it all on the field with a top competitive nature, finishing with tenacity. Versatile starting experience as a three-year starter at both tackle and guard ? 36 career starts (26 right tackle, 10 left guard).
WEAKNESSES: Heavy core and struggles to easily redirect his momentum, struggling to mirror back inside after his initial set. Needs to consistently bring his feet with him when engaging speed rushers. Phone booth athleticism and works best in smaller areas. Tight hips with limited range, struggling with proper timing when pulling. Unreliable at the second level and lacks the quickness to square up in space or on the move. Will misjudge speed and play too patient in his stance. Very average in the strength category and doesn?t consistently overpower his target. Struggles to jolt at the point of attack. Hand placement is too wild and reactionary, will attract some holding calls.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 3/95 -- Michael Schofield, T, 6-6, 301, Michigan...Twenty-six of Schofield's 36 starts at Michigan came at right tackle, which is where he will start his pro career as a backup to Chris Clark. But he also started 10 games at left guard, where he worked during Senior Bowl week in January, and could be a potential long-term replacement for Orlando Franklin, who is moving inside from right tackle this offseason but has a contract that expires after this season. - The Sports Xchange