Joe Schobert, OLB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.762.77-22 33 1/2-4.307.11
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.672.771.6222 33 1/29'3"4.307.11

Player Overview

Schobert was a semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Lombardi awards following a senior season in which he ranked fourth in the FBS with 14.5 tackles for loss and sixth with 9.5 sacks to go along with six forced fumbles and 12 pass breakups.

That culminated a productive career in which Schobert started 24 of 41 games, compiling 149 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He also recorded six forced fumbles and 12 pass breakups.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Despite a frame which appears better suited off the line of scrimmage, Schobert's quickness, underrated strength and awareness make him a tough draw for offensive linemen at the point of attack. He frequently slips past blockers, showing terrific spatial awareness, balance and lateral agility to dance and disrupt, often "making the play" by forcing ballcarriers into the arms of his teammates, who get the credit in the stat book.

While he lacks ideal bulk, Schobert doesn't shy from contact, generating space from blockers (offensive linemen, tight ends and backs, alike) with an impressive punch. He attacks double-teams, ducking his head and squirming his way through the gap, showing terrific balance, determination and leverage in doing so. His quick, light feet allow him to close quickly on the ballcarrier and he's a generally reliable open-field tackler, showing patience and sound technique.

Schobert plays with terrific instincts, latching onto backs to destroy screens and releasing from his primary downfield coverage responsibilities to attack once the ball has been delivered. He shows good vision and awareness to slice through traffic, taking calculated risks on his pursuit angles. Sells out to make the tackle, tripping up ball-carriers with extension and hand-eye coordination.

WEAKNESSES: While surprisingly stout for his size, Schobert is more pesky than powerful at the point of attack. His limited frame gets Schobert washed out too often in the running game, with a number of his tackles coming yards downfield only after he has spun away from blockers.

His lack of ideal length also shows up in pass coverage, where bigger tight ends were able to use their size advantage to win on contested throws. Schobert flirts with over-aggression, taking risky angles in pursuit and leaving his teammates in precarious positions.

IN OUR VIEW: More than the sum of his parts, Schobert is the kind of hyper-active, ultra-productive defender who can "surprise" at the next level despite his less-than-ideal size. He's effective in a variety of roles, showing terrific quickness, balance and surprising strength to be a factor in run support, coverage and rushing the quarterback.

Though he played mostly outside linebacker and defensive end at Wisconsin, Schobert's instincts and comfort in the pit could allow his future NFL team to experiment with him inside, as well.

--Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/13/16)

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