John Michael Schmitz: NFL Draft Scouting Report

John Michael Schmitz: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 320 Lbs
  • College: Minnesota
  • Year: Senior
  • Position: Center


  • Size – requisite size for a center in the NFL
  • Experience – Schmitz has started 36 times for Minnesota during his college career
  • Upper body strength – likes to keep opponents within his frame and strength allows him to do this
  • Explosiveness in short areas – gets off the snap quickly to nullify interior guys in a relatively short time.
  • Football IQ – Schmitz is a smart player, constantly aware of his surroundings and attempts to nullify the most dangerous threat anyone play
  • Solid anchor – able to sit down into sets and avoid ending up in the QBs lap
  • Physicality – understands how to use leverage and torque
  • Lateral mobility – is able to move well along the offensive line at his size
  • Leg strength – uses the power in his dense lower half to work defensive linemen and linebackers onto their heels
  • Finishing ability – violent style and plays right through until the play is dead
  • Leadership qualities – evident at the Senior Bowl when he was in control of his offensive line and advising/encouraging his.
  • Is clear and confident in diagnosing defensive schemes, makes the calls upfront                                           


  • Can over-reach and extend in passing plays where he can becoming over aggressive
  • Does appear to have shorter arms which can allow opponents into his chest
  • Athleticism – can struggle to adjust to targets moving around him
  • Will be 24 at the start of his rookie season – is there much more development to be had?
  • Only ever played Centre in college


John Michael Schmitz provided a rock-solid centre option for NFL teams looking to improve the interior of their offensive line. His leadership skills are evident and he has the temperament and football IQ to be an instant contributor at the next level. His ability to help maintain a clean pocket, and to twist opponents allowing fellow linemen to reach the next level on running concepts will certainly be coveted in many scouting circles. Most likely will be a round 2 pick, but in this draft, if someone feels a centre is a major need to get ‘over the hump’ he may hear his name called late on day 1

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