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Mitchell Schwartz

| | College: California
 
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Overview

Mitchell has NFL bloodlines. His brother, Geoff, was the Panthers' seventh-round pick out of Oregon in 2008, started in 2010 but was injured last year and recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Mitchell Schwartz was a model of consistency at Cal, starting 51 games, 35 at left tackle and 16 at right tackle. He credits diverse blocking schemes at Cal for upgrading his overall play.

And that play was impressive at the Senior Bowl workouts, where scouts raved about his the way he handled some of the best pass rushers in the country. That was particularly surprising because most scouts believed he projected as a right tackle for the NFL.

Analysis

Positives: Started 51 career games (35 at left tackle, 16 at right tackle) with a sturdy frame, 33-inch arms and continues adding bulk. Plays with appropriate wide base and intelligent, instincts and agility to seal the edge. Aggressive extending with power to punch and looks comfortable in space. High-effort, high-intangibles versatile backup prospect.

Negatives: Not physically imposing and has average overall strength. Upper body gets over his feet too often and he easily loses his balance. Whiffs on blocks after beaten initially and lacks range and lateral quickness. Plays too high and without proper leverage, pad level and can be passive. Back injury in 2011 spring must be investigated.

Career Notes

Started all 51 games possible during his Cal career from 2008-11 at either left tackle (35) or right tackle (16) after redshirting the 2007 season in his first campaign with the program … earned first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic in his final season in 2011 … also named second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior and was an honorable mention choice in his sophomore campaign … named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic (2008-10) and earned the Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (2009-11) for three seasons each.

2011 Season

Earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after starting all 13 games at left tackle, marking the fourth consecutive season of starting every one of the team's contests … anchored an offensive line that blocked for first-year starting tailback Isi Sofele, who posted the sixth-biggest rushing season in school history with 1,322 rushing yards … added first-team All-Pac-12 selections from the ESPN Pac-12 Blog and Phil Steele, and was a second-team pick of College Sports Madness and Yahoo! Sports … picked up the team's Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman for the third straight campaign … was also a Cort Majors Captains Award on offense … a second-team midseason All-Pac-12 selection of Phil Steele … named a third-team preseason All-American by GoDaddy.com and Sporting News … a candidate for national honors who was on watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award … named by Phil Steele as the nation's No. 24 draft-eligible tackle prior to the campaign … a first-team All-Pac-10 preseason choice of Athlon, Steele and Sporting News, while Lindy's had him as one of Cal's "Players to Watch" and a second-team preseason All-Pac-10 selection.

2010 Season

A second-team All-Pac-10 choice that started all 12 games at left tackle, anchoring an offensive line that blocked for 1,167-yard rusher Shane Vereen … earned a second-team spot on Phil Steele's postseason All-Pac-10 team and a first-team position on his mid-season All-Pac-10 squad … a member of the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 College Football All-America Team … recipient of team's Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman for the second straight year and winner of the team's Andy Smith Award as the Cal player with the most Big "C" time … an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third consecutive season … selected as a second-team preseason All-Pac-10 choice by Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele, while Steele also listed him as the nation's No. 63 draft-eligible tackle.

2009 Season

Started all 13 games at right tackle … earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selections … a Phil Steele preseason, midseason and postseason third-team All-Pac-10 choice … recipient of team's Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman … selected second-team preseason All-Pac-10 by Lindy's, as well as third-team by Athlon.

2008 Season

Started all 13 games at an offensive tackle spot … began the year as the starter at right tackle for three games before making a permanent switch to the left side in game four vs. Colorado State and starting the remaining 10 games at that position … named a second-team Freshman All-American by College Football News … had two pancake blocks, two knockdowns and a cut block against Michigan State … had four knockdowns vs. Stanford … honored with the Bob Tessier Award as the Most improved Cal Offensive Lineman … earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

2007 Season

Redshirted the season.

High School

Rated the 27th best offensive guard in the country and the 50th best prospect in the state of California by Rivals.com, … CIF Los Angeles City Offensive Lineman of the Year and the Western League Lineman of the Year his senior year … was a two-time all-state "underclassman" pick … earned all-league and all-city honors his junior season … PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … according to ESPN Insider, "has a good size frame for the position and will take good angles on his down blocks and washes the defender down the line" … academically he was on the Principals Honor Roll and the Dean's List … one of five highly-touted offensive linemen to commit for the class of 2007 for the Bears.

Personal

Full name is Mitchell Bryan Schwartz … born June 8, 1989 … son of Lee Schwartz and Olivia Goodkin … older brother, Geoff, completed his career as an offensive tackle for Oregon in 2007 and was selected by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, taken in the second round with the 37th overall pick, was a teammate of Browns center Ales Mack at Cal for two years. - The Sports Xchange

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