Top 100 Prospects – OT Mitchell Schwartz

Mitchell Schwartz earned a rare distinction in 2011 – the big tackle from the University of California-Berkley was named first-team All-Pac-12 for his play on the field and his performance in the classroom. It’s a double honor that only two others in the conference were able to match.

However, Schwartz doesn’t put too much stock in such accolades, at least not now. In his world of a “one day at a time” approach, he admittedly hasn’t taken the time to reflect on what all the recognition means.

“My parents are probably more proud of it than I am,” Schwartz said. “I think it will be a lot cooler in the future when I can look back and understand the importance of it.”

Juggling the books and football is something he did all the way back to his high school days when he graduated from Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles with a 4.3 grade point average.

“I think they play into each other,” Schwartz said. “One of the big things that all the coaches tell you is that you really have to be good at time management, especially at a place like Cal where school is more demanding. It’s kind of a testament to being able to handle both school and football and to sort it out in a timely manner.”

Here’s where we sort out the entire Mitchell Schwartz story.

Draft Profile – OT Mitchell Schwartz


MITCHELL SCHWARTZ/TACKLE

Personal

Mitchell Bryan Schwartz

Born – June 8, 1989 in Pacific Palisades, California.

Family – Parents are Olivia Goodkin and Lee Schwartz. Mom is an employment-labor attorney after graduating from UCLA with her law degree. Dad also graduated from UCLA, and he’s a management consultant and the author of several books involving business practices. Older brother Geoff Schwartz played at Oregon and was a seventh-round selection of Carolina in the 2008 NFL Draft. He missed the 2011 season because of injury and signed as a free agent several weeks ago with Minnesota.

Physical

  • Height – 6-feet, 5 3/8 inches.
  • Weight – 318 pounds.
  • Arm – 33½ inches.
  • Hand – 10 inches.
  • Wing span – 81½ inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 5.41 seconds.
  • Bench press – 23 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 26 ½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 7-feet, 5 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.88 seconds.
  • 20-yard short shuttle – 4.89 seconds.

Hometown

Schwartz grew up in Pacific Palisades, an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood that is along the Pacific Ocean between Malibu and Santa Monica. In a series called “Mapping L.A.” the Los Angeles Times newspaper in 2009 that the population was 23,940 and the median household income was $168,000. Various television shows and movies have been filmed in Pacific Palisades, including Baywatch and Rockford Files. The famous Rivera Country Club is located there as is the Getty Museum and Will Rodgers State Park.

High School

Schwartz was a member of the graduating class of 2007 at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades. The school has more than 2,700 students in grades nine through 12. Famous alumni from PCHS include actor Jeff Bridges, supermodel Christie Brinkley, actress Penelope Ann Miller, actor Forest Whitaker and singer will.i.am. When he graduated, Schwartz had a grade point average of 4.3.

He was a three-year starter for head coach Leo Castro and the Dolphins and also was twice named team captain.

2006 – In his senior year, Schwartz earned CIF Los Angeles City offensive lineman of the year award, along with honors from the Western League and All-West regional. On defense he had 29 total tackles as the Dolphins finished 5-6.

2005 – Schwartz was named All-Western League and All-City in his junior season, when he was also named team captain. On defense he had 18 total tackles and one sack. PCHS went 3-7 on the season.

2004 – Full-time starter by the end of his sophomore season, as the Dolphins struggled to a 1-9 record.

Recruiting

Rivals.com rated him as a 4-start player, the No. 27 guard in the country and No. 50 among all California prospects at 6-5, 297 pounds.

Interest in Schwartz was huge among all the top programs – Notre Dame, Miami, Oregon, Stanford, California, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia. His final four choices were Cal, Virginia, Oregon and Stanford. He committed to the Cal Bears before the start of his senior season.

College

Schwartz graduated in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California-Berkley. On the field, he started 51 consecutive games in his four-season career, and did not miss a start or game because of injury. Most of those starts (35) were at left tackle with 16 starts at right tackle.

2011 – Named first-team All-Pac 12 Conference after starting 13 games at left tackle. He was named the program’s Brick Muller Award as Cal’s most valuable offensive lineman for the third straight year.

2010 – Moving over to the left tackle after a season on the right side, Schwartz started all 12 games and was named second-team All-Pac 10 offense.

2009 – Schwartz opened all 13 games at right tackle and was named honorable mention All-Pac 10, as well as conference All-Academic honorable mention honors.

2008 – Started all 13 games at offensive tackle. He began the year at right tackle for three games then on the left side for the remaining 10 games on the schedule. He earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

2007 – A redshirt season, Schwartz did not play in any games.

Video

Cal vs. Stanford 2011 season – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqKV0fPhvI&feature=related

(Schwartz is wearing No. 72 and playing at LT in most of these videos.)

Isolation on Schwartz highlights – http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/nfl-draft-preview-mitchell-schwartz/12kbia5t?from=luation

Cal offense vs. Texas 2011 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmfO6mzZ_K4&feature=related

Evaluation

Strengths – When it comes to abilities, the No. 1 skill Schwartz showed in college was availability – he did not miss a single game in his four-year career, starting all 51 games. Good size, decent strength, he does more playing the game with his mind than his athletic ability. He’s a knee bender, who has the ability to shuffle his feet and take pass rushers wide. Schwartz is a high-motor player that goes full speed all the time; sells out for his offense every play.

Deficient – Not a great athlete, he lacks the quick feet of elite blockers. He needs to improve his use of hands as he gets knocked off balance and loses leverage when he allows his hands to be controlled by the defender. His pad level gets too high at times and that hurts his effectiveness. Although he never missed a start, Schwartz played his college career with some back problems.

Analysis – A big, rough and tough player who enjoys the physicality of football, he lacks the athletic ability to play left tackle. He’s a right tackle or guard in the NFL. Some teams are worried about a back injury that he suffered last summer and he’ll undergo extensive testing before anybody drafts him.

What the scouts had to say about Mitchell Schwartz

An NFC scout said – “I like what the guy brings to the field, but he’s not a left tackle. He just isn’t athletic enough to be a 16-game, 10-season anchor on that side of the line. On a fill-in basis maybe, but I think he can succeed at right tackle in the league.”

An AFC scout said – “He’s OK. He’s a better player than his brother, and he’ll get drafted higher than he did. But I doubt he’s ever much of a factor when it comes to All-Pro at right tackle.”

What Mitchell Schwartz said

“I think I can play both sides (left and right tackle.) 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 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 are a lot of successful guys on both sides who could do both if they’re asked.”

“We do a little bit of everything at Cal. We’re probably one of the most diverse offenses in the country. Inside zone, outside zone, man, gap, pulling, sweeps, everything. We do pretty much everything, so I’m good with all that.”

Does Mitchell Schwartz fit with the Chiefs?

Why wouldn’t he? This is a durable, talented player who is smart and dedicated to the game. He’s not a first-round left tackle type, but he’s an after the first-round right tackle type who if he stays healthy and continues to improve will play for many years in the league. Whether he landed with the Chiefs would depend on timing.

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