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OT "Little" Brother Not Named Kalil Could Be Panthers Draft Pick


Everyone seems to want the Panthers to draft C Ryan Kalil's "little" brother Matt in the 1st round of the 2012 draft, if he's still available when the Panthers make their 1st round pick, but what if he's not. Thanks to the Panthers current 2 game win streak, the Panthers now are currently 7th in the draft (even behind the Eagles at #6), and Matt Kalil will likely go in the top 2-4 picks of the draft. However, another Panthers O-Lineman has a "little" brother who plays OT, Geoff Schwartz's brother Mitchell Schwartz, a projected 4th to 5th round pick by walterfootball.com, and the #134 player (12th best OT in the draft, including several higher ranked underclassmen who may or may not enter the draft) by nfldraftscout.com.

OT Mitchell Schwartz (6-5, 325, 5.17-40, by walterfootball.com, 6-5, 318, 5.38-40, by nfldraftscout.com, 6-4 7/8, 324, 33 1/2 inch arms, 4.35 estimated, by profootballweekly.com) of Cal (I've watched a couple of Cal games, but didn't focus on him, because I didn't know he was Geoff's brother until yesterday), has played 22 games at LOT, and 16 games at ROT in his career. He was on the Lombardi watch list this season, was selected Cal's Most valuable Offensive Linemen in 2009 and 2010, and 2nd Team All-PAC 10. He also was on the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 College Football All-American Team.

ProFootballWeekly.com has this to say about OT Mitchell Schwartz (they are very tough in their player reviews, only thinking 4 or 5 OT's are capable of playing LOT in the NFL). - "Experience on both sides and the size, smarts, and enough length to man the flanks. Understands angles, positioning, leverage, and is functionally strong enough to anchor, reach, and seal. Scrappy, tough, and dependable, although back injury will require closer scrutiny and could affect his value." (it's shocking to see how many OT's they list with back problems, about half the writeups i read)

ProFootballWeekly.com believes that Mitchell Schwartz will fit best as a ROT in the NFL, but could also move inside. This might be of more value than we think, as profootballfocus.com ranks LOG Travelle Wharton as one of the least effective "worst OG's in football".

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