Ranking the Big Ten: O'Brien Schofield, No. 18

February, 16, 2010
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No. 18

O'Brien Schofield, DE, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 248

Preseason rank: Unranked

Schofield
Schofield
Why he's here: Schofield went from just another defensive end to being one of the top pass rushers in the country in 2009. A great example of a senior peaking at the right time, he finished sixth nationally in sacks (12) and second nationally in tackles for loss (24.5). He led the nation in TFLs for much of the season and recorded multiple TFLs in nine games. It took some time for the undersized Schofield to settle in as a defensive end, but he was unstoppable for much of the 2009 season.

Schofield put himself on the NFL draft radar with his outstanding season, and he further improved his stock by winning defensive MVP honors at the East-West Shrine Game. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL days later in Senior Bowl practice and will be sidelined for quite some time. Schofield could be a steal in the draft for a team willing to take a chance, as his speed should translate well to the outside linebacker spot.

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