After playing sparingly during his freshman and sophomore campaigns at Wisconsin, Schofield burst onto the scene in his final two collegiate seasons. In 2008, Schofield tallied 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks but his true breakout season was still to come. During his senior season with the Badgers, Schofield racked up 62 tackles, 12 sacks and an astounding 24.5 tackles for a loss. His outstanding season earned him first-team All-Big 10 status and honorable mention All-American honors.
Schofield possesses adequate size and strength but his burst of speed off the edge is what sets him apart. Schofield's repertoire of pass-rushing moves should increase with proper coaching as should his ability to defend in space. Schofield's strong presence at the point of attack allows him to shed opposing blockers as well as contribute in run defense. Those two areas of Schofield's game give him the potential to eventually become an every-down player at the NFL level.
Along with recovering from injury, Schofield will need to adjust to playing outside linebacker. He primarily lined up in a three-point stance at defensive end in college but will be expected to stand up regularly in the professional ranks. Schofield's transition could take a year or two but his versatility will be utilized effectively by defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Look for Davis to eventually use Schofield in a variety of ways in several different blitz packages.
Only time will tell how Schofield pans out but given the depth Arizona had acquired on the defensive side of the ball, they had room to gamble. Additionally, second-year LB Cody Brown returns from a season-long injury a year ago and will help pick up the slack in the pass-rushing department. Schofield's learning curve should be accelerated playing behind veterans such as Joey Porter and Clark Haggans and he could turn into one of the steals of this year's draft.
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