Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 57 (NYG)
Draft Profile: BioJohn Michael Schmitz from Homewood-Flossmoor High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Schmitz opted to join Minnesota.
In 2018 as a freshman Schmitz saw action in 5 games and played in just 17 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He allowed no QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing sparingly.
As a sophomore in 2019 he played in 12 games and a total of 452 snaps. He conceded just one QB hurry, one QB hit, and no sacks.
In 2020 as a junior Schmitz saw action in 6 games and totaled 422 snaps. He gave up 4 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and no sacks while playing at center.
In 2021 as a senior Schmitz saw action in 13 games and played a total of 837 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He allowed 5 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks.
In 2022 as a fifth-year senior Schmitz saw action in 12 games and played a total of 767 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He allowed just 5 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 2 sacks.
Honors & awards
- Senior Bowl (2023)
- AP First Team All-America (2022)
- FWAA First Team All-America (2022)
- Walter Camp Second Team All-America (2022)
- All-Big Ten First Team (2022, coaches and media)
- All-Big Ten Second Team (2021, coaches)
- All-Big Ten Third Team (2021, media)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
- All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2020)
- RTB Trust Award (2019)
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Impressive overall athletic ability combined with elite prototypical measurables at 6-4 and 320lbs
- Outstanding on reach blocks, showing good initial quickness and flexibility to seal the backside. He’s a heady player who is quick to recognize and react to twists and stunts up front, and Schmitz shows a good sense of timing on combo blocks.
- Very strong at the point of attack - keeps his feet moving and driving defenders backward
- Mauler in the run game, playing with a nasty disposition and showing excellent snap-and-punch quickness.
- Outstanding as a run blocker - we've graded him as the top run blocking center over the past two years
- In the run game, he explodes off the line of scrimmage and consistently gets out to the second level to do damage.
- Schmitz has good size and power, firing off the line of scrimmage and capable of creating movement in the run game.
- Really smart player who has the high football IQ required for the position
- Has the strong leg drive to create movement at the line of scrimmage, consistently putting defenders on the ground.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Could be a liability against speed-to-power pass rushers early in his career.
- Elite as a run blocker merely good in pass protection
- Has a bad habit of lunging, and grabbing rather than trusting his athleticism to get him in position, which may lead to frequent flags for holding.
- Needs to player lower in pass protection - defenders can get under his pads and win the leverage battle
- Has good-not-great feet. Dealing with speed on the edge will likely be a problem, especially because he’s more comfortable moving forward as a run blocker than Schmitz is retreating as a pass protector.
- Slightly older than ideal prospect - will be 24 when he takes the field to start his pro career
- Not a lot of position versatility - has only played at center in college
- Pass protection is a potential issue; while he has a good initial punch and is fairly good with his hands, he’s heavy-footed and tends to stop his feet when he makes contact. He may struggle to mirror against quicker pro pass rushers
Scouting Report: SummaryJohn Michael Schmitz is an outstanding pro prospect - his technique is generally impressive, while his strength and overall power are outstanding for the position. As a run blocker, he is elite and for a run-heavy NFL team, he could quickly develop into a pro bowl level player. In pass protection he is good but his production doesn't match that of his run blocking, which may limit his draft demand.
Expect Schmitz to be a first-round selection - and well worth one- in the 2023 NFL Draft and be either the first or second center to come off the board.
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Update - 03/12/2023He's been one of the best players at the Senior Bowl thus far. By far the best most consistent lineman and it's not even close. He's firmly established himself as a first-rounder.
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