Schneider Could Play Either Side

When Pittsburgh got a verbal commitment from Avon Lake, Ohio tight end Dan Schneider they got a very talented blocker that could end up moving to the defensive side of the ball at a number of different positions or simply stay where he is and open up some big rushing lanes.

Pittsburgh tight end commitment Dan Schneider is at his best as a blocker. He is extremely quick off the snap, doesn't let defenders keep him off their body and lifts with his strong upper body while driving his legs to push his opponent downfield. Schneider does an excellent job of using his lower body and hands to turn defenders and set the edge or create rushing lanes and is an absolutely tenacious blocker that plays to the whistle on every single down. His quick burst off the snap also gets him to the second level very fast and he then engages and absolutely mauls linebackers and defensive backs in space.

Schneider may not run a great 40-yard dash, but he is quick in short areas and takes good angles in the blocking game which allows him to sustain his blocks consistently. He also showed on film that he can come in motion and play somewhat of a hybrid fullback position when needed. Schneider does his job in the passing game as a tight end. He has solid enough hands and while he doesn't bring too much to the table in terms of picking up yards after the catch with athleticism or speed, he can certainly lower his shoulder and drag defenders downfield. Most of the passes he caught at the high school level were vertical routes, short outs or screens, so he's not going to come in and impact a passing game early with great versatility as he'll need to run more routes and most likely need to work on running better routes. That's not putting him down, it's simply stating that it wasn't his job to be much of a receiving threat at Avon Lake High School.

Schneider was reported at 6-foot-4, but when he came to our combine in Pittsburgh, he measured in at only 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. He could certainly stay at tight end even at that height, however I wonder if he'll be moved to the defensive line to play the edge or even bulk up and play defensive tackle for the Panthers. He is certainly an extremely physical player, so it wouldn't be a great surprise.

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