LB Joe Schobert
Round Four, Pick One (No.99 Overall)
West High School (Waukesha, Wis.)
6-1, 244 pounds
31 1/2-inch arm length
9 3/4-inch hands
22 reps on bench press
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 12 outside linebacker in the draft
No. 149 overall prospect
Wisconsin Career: Joining the likes of J.J. Watt and Jared Abbrederis as former Wisconsin walk-ons to be selected in the N.F.L. draft, Schobert has been a playmaker for Wisconsin from the minute he arrived on campus. Developing from a key reserve and special teamer as a true freshman to a consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten pick (13.5 tackles for loss) in his junior year, Schobert had a better 2015 senior season, finishing among the nation’s leaders in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Originally heading for North Dakota as a walk-on, until his performance at the WFCA all-star game caused the state’s high school coaches to call then-head coach Bret Bielema to inform him Schobert was a Big Ten fit, Schobert left UW as the Big Ten linebacker of the year, a first-team all-conference selection and a second-team All-American by USA Today and the Associated Press.
Expert Breakdown: “Very productive over his two years as a starter forcing six fumbles, recovering three, defending 10 passes and adding an interception as well. Slippery in his movements using good hip and upper body turn. Can get skinny and slide through gaps and around corners. Excellent with his hands helping him compensate for lack of play strength. Discards tight ends fairly quickly. Sees through blockers and into backfield maintaining sight on the ball. Can trim edge as rusher with shoulder dip. Assignment-oriented in coverage making sure to redirect tight ends and receivers before dropping into space. Adequate man cover skills. Plays with plus balance and is rarely on the ground. Quality special teams cover man.
“Doesn’t possess the overall size or length NFL teams look for on the edge. Lacks quick twitch and bend to alter his path suddenly. Forced to make tackle attempts from tough angles due to average athleticism. Rarely bodies up and struggles to finish as a tackler with 18 missed tackles over last two seasons including 10 this year. Lacking strength to set a strong edge. Will get blown off of his spot by tackles. Not a menacing one-on-one pass rusher. Average burst upfield. Much of his production as pass rusher comes from twists and extended plays. Below average play speed.
“Some teams covet traits while others are mindful of production. Schobert won't excite any teams with his physical traits, but he has a way of finding the football and filling up a stat sheet. Schobert's lack of length and edge strength will make it tough for him to find a home as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but his instincts might give him a chance as a WILL linebacker in a 3-4. Regardless, his work on special teams will definitely improve his stock.” – NFL.com
Schobert Says: “I used to be a safety, so I’m pretty good in coverage. I’m good at rushing the passer and playing the run. I think in all those areas I can bring something to the team, so that’s what I try to get across. Pretty much everybody has asked me what I like to play, what they see me as. Various teams have different answers. Some like inside, some like outside, some a little bit of both. I think I can do any of them, and that’s what I tell them.”