In the comments of my previous post, Skinny asked if I would prepare my "Big Uglies" analysis of Brian Schwenke
for a comparative analysis to our Travis Frederickson
. The following are my thoughts . . . btw, I had a 2nd round grade on Travis Frederickson and a 3rd round grade on Schwenke.
Brian Schwenke (6’3", 314 lbs) made hisself some money during the Senior Bowl practices and game; as a matter of fact, he brought to the feeble mind of Ol’ Long Ball a favorite of his, Kevin "Killer" Kowalski with his demeanor and attitude. So I went back and re-graded game film of the Cal Bear and studied his tenure at Berkley. Brian played in 12 of 13 games as a true freshman, as a sophomore started the first 8 games at left guard and the last 4 at right guard, moved back to left guard as a junior and was asked to move to center as a senior . . . what a team player! He was 1st team all-conference at the position and finished 2nd to David Yankey of Stanford in the Morris Trophy awarded to the conference’s top offensive lineman.
Sonofagun opened eyes at the Combine, as his little old "squatty body" ran the forty in 4.94 (1.74 ten-yard split), bench-pressed 31 reps, vertical of 26.5", broad jumped 9’0", and recorded 4.74 in the shuttle and 7.31 in the 3-cone. There are 10-1/4" hands on the end of his 32" arms.
When you look at Schwenke, you see the lower body of an interior lineman: pronounced rear-end and thick legs, allowing him to maintain leverage anchoring against the huge monsters on the opposition’s DL due to his low center of gravity. He has a quick burst off the snap and positions himself well to turn and seal defenders. Brian uses his hands well, exhibits a good punch and keeps his legs churning with short, choppy steps (an old school trait I really appreciate). He gets to the 2nd level well (most likely due to his extensive experience at OG) and helps out his teammates.
I hate to tug on Superman’s cape after bragging on the boy, but Brian was basically a rookie at OC and would make QB Zach Maynard wish he had an infielder’s glove with a number of low shot-gun snaps. And while he’s quick, he sometimes struggles with getting his feet under him as Schwenke is below average in change of direction and needs to work on his awareness in redirecting in pass protection. However, I do like his spunk.
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