Photo of Joe Schobert
Drafted By: Browns
  • Round 4
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 99

Combine Results

5.48 ?
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.59 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Browns continue to address their front 7 with a productive 'backer who can rush the passer from the edge or drop into coverage. Has potential to compete for starting job inside or outside in Cleveland's base 3-4. -Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


Wisconsin has a storied walk-on tradition, producing NFL players like J.J. Watt and Jim Leonhard; Schobert hopes to be the next non-scholarship signee to jump to the NFL. He nearly began his career at North Dakota as a walk-on, but the Badger coaches wised up to offer him a spot on the team. Schobert's role grew each season, from reserve as a true freshman to key reserve (24 tackles, one start) in 2013 to consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten pick (13.5 tackles for loss) in his junior year. His draft stock rose to new heights in 2015, as he was named second-team All-American by USA Today and the Associated Press, as well as the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and first-team All-Conference. He finished among the nation’s leaders in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (19.5), displaying the strength and motor to earn a spot in the NFL.

Pro Day Results

Vertical: 35 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 7 inches



Very productive over his two years as a starter forcing six fumbles, recovering three, defending 10 passes and adding an interception as well. Slippery in his movements using good hip and upper body turn. Can get skinny and slide through gaps and around corners. Excellent with his hands helping him compensate for lack of play strength. Discards tight ends fairly quickly. Sees through blockers and into backfield maintaining sight on the ball. Can trim edge as rusher with shoulder dip. Assignment-­oriented in coverage making sure to redirect tight ends and receivers before dropping into space. Adequate man cover skills. Plays with plus balance and is rarely on the ground. Quality special teams cover man.


Doesn’t possess the overall size or length NFL teams look for on the edge. Lacks quick twitch and bend to alter his path suddenly. Forced to make tackle attempts from tough angles due to average athleticism. Rarely bodies up and struggles to finish as a tackler with 18 missed tackles over last two seasons including 10 this year. Lacking strength to set a strong edge. Will get blown off of his spot by tackles. Not a menacing one-­on­-one pass rusher. Average burst upfield. Much of his production as pass rusher comes from twists and extended plays. Below average play speed.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Jermauria Rasco

Bottom Line

Some teams covet traits while others are mindful of production. Schobert won't excite any teams with his physical traits, but he has a way of finding the football and filling up a stat sheet. Schobert's lack of length and edge strength will make it tough for him to find a home as a 3­-4 outside linebacker, but his instincts might give him a chance as a WILL linebacker in a 3­-4. Regardless, his work on special teams will definitely improve his stock.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster