HT: 6-5 1/2
Arm length: 33 1/2 inches
40-yard dash: 5.33
Vertical: 26 1/2
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Key stats: He was named first-team All-Pac-12 for football and academics last season. He started 51 consecutive games for the Golden Bears over his career, 35 at left tackle and 16 at right tackle. He earned Cal’s most valuable offensive lineman award for the third straight seasons.
Since I’ve forecasted that the Falcons will select Mitchell Schwartz in the our first Mock Draft, we better give you some information on the kid.
My man Mel Kiper Jr. has him as the 10th rated tackle in the draft.
Pro Football Weekly has him as the fifth rated tackle in the draft.
Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly has Schwartz going to the New York Giants eight picks after the Falcons select Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has Schwartz ranked as the 10th best tackle in the draft.
NFLdraftscout.com has him rated as the ninth best tackle and is projecting that he’ll go in the third round.
I received a text from one my agent sources yesterday that read, “5 teams have Mitch Schwartz in the top 5 OL in the draft and top three OT. Cordy (Glenn is) not as high as you think.” (I had Glenn as the 3rd highest tackle, going to Arizona at 13).
There’s at least one team with a first-round grade on Schwartz, who’s brother Geoff played for Carolina. He signed with Minnesota during free agency.
Another text, “Falcons like him. But a lot of teams like Mitch in the second. 85 percent chance he goes in the second. But a lot guys like him before the Falcons pick. If he is there, they take him.”
Without further adieu, let’s meet Schwartz: (These are some of the questions the media fired at him at the NFL scouting combine.)
Q: Have a sense who might be looking at you?
A: Schwartz: I don’t know if you can ever really tell. There’s a lot of games going on. You kind of get asked different questions by everybody, so it’s hard to say who likes you and who doesn’t, who’s interested and who’s not.
Q: Where have you been training, at Cal?
A: Schwartz: No, actually in Nashville. At D-1 sports. I’ve been there, a little different for a West Coast guy, but it was fun, a good experience.
Q: How did you get connected with Nashville?
A: Schwartz: My brother (Carolina Panthers OT Geoff Schwartz) actually worked with the same agent, and he liked it. They had the same guys working out there.
Q: Are you a right tackle or aleft tackle?
A: Schwartz: I think I can play both sides. I think I’m quick enough. I think I’m athletic enough to handle the left side. I mean, in the NFL, you’ve got great [defensive] ends on both sides. . . I think it’s a little overblown, the whole right, left side type of deal. There’s a lot of successful guys on both sides who could do both if they’re asked.
Q: Toughest pass rusher?
A: Schwartz: This year it was probably [Nick] Perry from USC. He’s a pretty good player. On the field he’s a little bit quicker than he is on film. I’ve known that from the year before, playing against him, so I kind of had a good game plan against him, going into it. But he’s the speed guy up-the-field and he’s pretty strong on the bull rush.
Q: What you feel you do best?
A: Schwartz: I think I’m a competitive guy, a tough guy. . .one of our goals every game as an offensive line: to break the will of the defense. So I think I do a pretty good job of that, getting after them. I think I’m a complete player as well, able to run block, able to pass block. I consider myself to be a smart guy, intelligent.
Q: Did the Senior bowl affirm some of those beliefs?
A: Schwartz: I thought I played pretty well and I really didn’t know what to expect going in. Obviously, guys I’ve never really seen too much of, played too much against. I think I handled myself pretty well. Hopefully, I turned some heads in a good way.
Here are some of the other DRAFT SPOTLIGHTS:
Players that the Atlanta Falcons reportedly held a workout with, visited the team facility or both.
Clemson defensive end Andre Branch.
Clemson defensive end Kourtnei Brown.
Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles.
Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman.
Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger.
Delaware guard/center Gino Gradkowski.
Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green.
Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. Click here for STORY.
Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley.
South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson. Click here for STORY.
Georgia center Ben Jones.
Purdue tackle Dennis Kelly.
California linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele.
Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson.
California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson.
Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson. He was happy with his workout for the Falcons.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.
Illinois safety Tavon Wilson.
The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.
2nd Round (No. 55 overall) — Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California.
3rd Round (No. 84 overall)
5th Round (No. 157 overall)
6th Round (No. 192 overall)
7th Round (No. 229 overall)
7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog