The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
Kodiak of the California Golden Blogs decided to help us with their athletic offensive tackle, Mitchell Schwartz. It was confirmed that the Texans interviewed Schwartz at this year's Senior Bowl, so there has been some interest shown. It does not necessarily mean that Schwartz is a "target" of the Texans, but it is still good to see who they are talking to. Schwartz made a good showing at the Senior Bowl handling some of the top pass rushers with ease, and we find out from Kodiak that Schwartz looks like a player that is under the radar.
We ask Kodiak to give us some thoughts on the 6'6" 318 lbs. offensive tackle who started 4 years for the Golden Bears.
Mitchell Schwartz started 51 consecutive games for the Cal Bears.
Wrap your head around that one for a second. It's unusual enough for a redshirt freshman to win a starting job. To show such durability and versatility (played both sides) is rare.
During his time at Cal, he had two different position coaches and three different offensive coordinators. Adapting to new systems wasn't an issue for this cerebral player as evidenced by his all-conference 1st team academic honors.
Although more suited physically for right tackle than left, he was moved to left tackle because he was our best lineman and we simply didn't have any other options. Even playing out of position, he was 1st-team all-conference as a senior.
Besides being smart and tough, he's also disciplined and rarely gets called for penalties. He's at his best as a run-blocker; he definitely has a bit of mauler in him and has been known to pile-drive smaller defensive linemen in short-yardage situations.
He might not be ideally suited for pulling, but he's mobile enough to get outside on pitch or sweep plays.
In pass protection, he's got good size (6'6) with decent arms and does a good job holding up against ball-rushes.
If there's one area where he occasionally has difficulties, it's with pure speed rushers off the edge.
I would expect him to play right tackle in the NFL. Considering his intelligence and experience playing under two different position coaches with NFL experience (Marshall, Michalczik), he's more ready to play than most rookie lineman. Right now, he's probably slated as a capable backup that teams love to have because he can fill in at either tackle.