Geoff Schwartz (OL)
The Ducks' right tackle had a banner senior season, especially since he was no longer playing with a herniated disc in his back which hampered his performance as a junior. A 35-game starter at right tackle, much of the team's success running the ball has come over his side of the field. A naturally strong mountain of a man, he boasts the team's best squat at 505 pounds.
The offense relied mostly on its passing attack before Schwartz was inserted into the starting lineup three years ago. The reason was a lack of quality blocking up front. With Schwartz in the lineup, Oregon improved its running attack from an average of 134.3 yards per game during his sophomore year, to 182.2 yards per game while he played throughout the 2006 season with his back problems. Fully recovered, he simply blew defenders off the line, as the Ducks led the Pac-10 Conference and ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 251.69 yards per game on the ground.
At Palisades Charter High School, Schwartz was rated among the top 75 prep prospects in the state by Super Prep, as well as California's fifth-best offensive line recruit by Tom Lemming, earning first-team All-City and All-Westside honors by the L.A. Times.
He was rated 36th on the Rivals.com list of the nation's premier offensive tackle prospects after not taking up the sport until the ninth grade, and included among the Tacoma News Tribune's Western One-hundred selections. Defensively, he was credited with 10 tackles for loss and two sacks among his 55 stops, in addition to deflecting three passes and recovering one fumble as a senior.
As a true freshman, Schwartz saw limited action as a reserve offensive tackle at Oregon in 2004. He took over right tackle duties as a sophomore, posting 54 knockdowns as the team generated 438.8 yards per game. The front wall gave up only 20 sacks on 482 pass plays that season.
Schwartz' junior year was a trying one. He battled as gamely as he could with the back problems, but was eventually forced to sit out the Portland and Arizona contests. He still managed to deliver 63 knockdowns, protecting the pocket as the Ducks averaged 241.0 passing yards per game.
Fully recovered from back problems, Schwartz garnered All-Pac 10 Conference honors in 2007. He collected 97 knockdowns and did a stellar job of clearing rush lanes as the Ducks ranked 10th in the nation in total offense (467.54 ypg) and 12th in scoring (38.15 ppg).
Attended Pacific Palisades (Cal.) Charter High School, playing football for head coach Jason Blatt...Rated among the top 75 prep prospects in the state by Super Prep, as well as California's fifth-best offensive line recruit by Tom Lemming, earning first-team All-City and All-Westside honors by the L.A. Times...Rated 36th on the Rivals.com list of the nation's premier offensive tackle prospects after not taking up the sport until the ninth grade, and included among the Tacoma News Tribune's Western One Hundred picks... Defensively, he was credited with 10 tackles for loss and two sacks among his 55 stops, in addition to deflecting three passes and recovering one fumble as a senior.
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Positives: Has a massive frame, is well-proportioned with long arms, large hands, wide waist and hips and minimal body fat (19 percent) for a player of his size...Has good intelligence in the classroom and on the field, easily learning and retaining football information...Well-liked and respected by teammates and is coachable...Does everything that is asked of him and is dependable and reliable...Has some leadership ability, especially with the offensive linemen...Needs to play with more aggression, but is effective at using his body mass to absorb and engulf defensive linemen...Could use better quickness off the snap, but uses his size well to lean into a defender and generate movement off the snap...When he connects with his hands, he can jolt the opponent off the line...Shuffles his feet well and in the second level, he has a good concept for angling and stalking linebackers while pulling for the ground game...Alert to defensive coverages and is quick to pick up twists and games...Lacks timed speed, but has the kick slide and good foot shuffle to set up and protect the pocket...Might not use it as often as he should, but he has a violent hand punch to obliterate an oncoming opponent...When he locks on a defender with his hands, he uses his leg drive and grasp to drive through his man until the whistle...Shows very good balance on the move for a player with his massive frame.
Negatives: Looks marginally athletic on the field...Runs well in a straight line, but has marginal agility, lateral quickness, body control and the ability to redirect and adjust on the move...Though he plays hard and shows effort on tape, he's not very tough or physical on the field...Lacks an internal fire and isn't an aggressive player...Gets off the snap late and shows only adequate quickness when he's on time...Lands with his chest, showing little force or pop on contact, which causes him to struggle versus smaller players with better leverage...Lacks foot quickness and strength to sustain for long periods or to finish blocks, often holding to stay engaged...Shows little or no violence as a run blocker, landing high and seldom getting movement...Gets out on screens and runs adequately in a straight line, but struggles to adjust on the move and to land blocks in space...Arrives at the second level too late, showing marginal attack angles and landing inconsistent and soft blocks when he does arrive on time...Lacks lateral and recovery quickness, appearing more capable of protecting in confined spaces...Has a suspect anchor due to playing too high at times...Clutches with his hands rather than punching his opponent and gets his hands outside of defenders' frames to hold and control...Shows little arm extension, letting defenders get to his body...Looks heavy-legged while moving laterally and his feet often go dead on contact, and speed-rushes blow by him off the edge or with quick spins...Herniated disc suffered in 2006 might need more time to fully heal.
Compares To: JARED GAITHER-Baltimore...With his massive frame and mauler's mentality, Schwartz might be a better fit shifting inside to guard, especially with his good concept for taking angles into the second level. He is also a capable long snapper and his ability to play a variety of roles on the line will be beneficial in earning playing time earlier in his pro career.
2006: Suffered throughout the season from a herniated disc, missing the Portland State and Arizona games. Underwent surgery to repair after the season and was limited in 2007 spring drills.
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