Bo Knows... the AFC South

The Jaguars newest acquisition, defensive end Bo Schobel, has now played for three of the four AFC South teams in his short five-year career. JagNation asked various NFL experts to give their scouting reports on this AFC South journeyman.

Sirius NFL Radio host and Scout.com NFL Expert Adam Caplan had this to say about Schobel—

Schobel is a fringe defensive end with marginal athleticism. He fits in as the fifth end on the depth chart and could provide 10 snaps/game.

Scout NFL Expert Ed Thompson chimed in with his thoughts on Schobel—

Schobel ended up being strictly a blue-collar, rotation guy who provided breathers for the starters and saw action in lopsided contests. Against the run, he seemed to struggle to disengage from talented offensive linemen. He could hold his ground well enough at the point of attack, but his reaction time off the block was a bit sluggish. Against the pass, he'd occasionally get into the backfield and provide some pressure, but he didn't have a decent spin move or enough overall speed to be a real threat. He showed decent handwork while rushing the passer, and enough strength to push his way into the backfield if he got the benefit of a gap, but by he was the kind of player who is out on the field for a number of plays before you even notice him.

After his release last September, he bounced on and off Arizona's roster almost weekly during the month of November. It seemed like they needed an extra defensive end during the week for practices, and then would release him by the weekend. He saw some action in two games in December with Arizona, making one tackle.


Brad Wilbricht, who covers the Arizona Cardinals had this to add about the newest Jaguar—

Schobel is a defensive rotational player who can also contribute on special teams. He's had durability concerns throughout his career but is an aggressive player who features a non-stop motor. Schobel displays above-average pass rushing skills and good anticipation. He relies on his speed and quickness to rush the quarterback off the edge. Schobel isn't nearly as effective against powerful offensive tackles. His technique and pass rushing skills still need developed. Against the run, Schobel is a one-gap player who needs to be in motion while attacking gaps. He lacks the necessary strength to hold up at the point of attack and struggles to shed opposing blockers. He is adequate in backside pursuit and locating the ball carrier. Schobel is a backup rotational player that best fits an attacking defensive scheme. He is at his best when utilized as a situational pass rusher and on special teams.

Colts writer Jerry Langton had this scouting report on Schobel from 2006 when the Colts signed him—

Although Bo is the least known of the Flying Schobel Brothers, he's got some real skill and I have no idea why the Titans (who aren't exactly loaded at end) cut him. He's quick off the line, uses his hands well and is stronger than his size would indicate. He has a few pass-rush moves and isn't exactly a slouch against the run, either, although he can give up the line when plays are directed right at him. He's much better in pursuit than stacking up. Very quick to recognize and diagnose plays, Schobel can rush, pursue or even drop into short coverage if necessary. There are some drawbacks, though. Schobel is a bit of finesse player and lacks pure straight-ahead power. He's much more effective on the left side and has never been good at protecting his legs. Though not a highlight-film guy, Schobel is a decent tackler who knows how to put his body in the way of an opponent's forward progress.

The experts have weighed in and it's official—Bo Schobel is just a guy. With the Jaguars current lack of depth from injuries and contract disputes at defensive end, anyone has a shot to make an impact and perhaps Schobel can step up his game. The likelihood however, is slim.



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