Joe Schobert was certainly out of place when you take a look at the recruiting rankings the players at the NFL combine held coming out of high school, but college production placed him among the upper echelon in Indianapolis this past week.
While not the most physically impressive athlete, Schobert represented both himself and his school well in Indy. A shoe-in to interview well with NFL teams, Schobert also likely impressed them on the field as well. Here are the workout results for the former-walk on from Waukesha:
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Arms: 31 1/2
40-yard dash: 4.76
10-yard split: 1.63
Bench press: 22
Vertical leap: 33.5"
Broad jump: 9'3"
3-cone drill: 7.11
As far as the height and weight, those are about as expected. Schobert needed to add weight to help deal with the physicality of the NFL. The arm length is concerning, as his short arms will keep him from being able to extend and press himself off of an opposing blocker as effectively, and could also limit him as a pass rusher.
As far as his 40 time, it was very average, and that's OK. He's far from a burner as a linebacker. I'm more concerned with, and happy with, his 10-yard split, or how quickly he covers the first 10 yards. The 1.63 is pretty impressive, considering there were 4.6 guys that had a 1.60.
Essentially, Schobert displayed some nice explosive athleticism. This is also shown through his vertical. His broad jump was not very #good, but that's not how he's going to win in the NFL, so I'm OK with it. His three-cone drill is comparable to Darron Lee from Ohio State, widely considered a superior athlete to Schobert, so that's encouraging. His bench is also pretty nice, showing he's a weight-room junkie, which will bode well for him moving forward.
Aside from the measurables, Schobert looked very fluid in the on-field linebacker drills, which showed up on tape. He excels in coverage for a man who's 240 pounds, and he has great hips. He's a more smooth athlete than he is explosive (there are a lot of guys the opposite way) and received high praise from both Mike Mayock and Willie McGinest of the NFL Network.
This concludes the Badgers' workouts for the week, and overall they performed well, and about as expected. It should be interesting to see how much these numbers are solidified -- or change -- at the Badgers' pro day in March.