DE, Texas Christian
Numbers: 6’5 (6050)/264 pounds/4.83 forty-speed
2005 stats: 8 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 special-teams tackles with the Titans
2006 preseason: 4 tackles, 2 assists, 1 tackle for loss, 2 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery with the Titans
The player: Although Bo is the least known of the Flying Schobel Brothers, he’s got some real skill and I have no idea why the Titans (who aren’t exactly loaded at end) cut him. He’s quick off the line, uses his hands well and is stronger than his size would indicate. He has a few pass-rush moves and isn’t exactly a slouch against the run, either, although he can give up the line when plays are directed right at him. He’s much better in pursuit than stacking up. Very quick to recognize and diagnose plays, Schobel can rush, pursue or even drop into short coverage if necessary. There are some drawbacks, though. Schobel is a bit of finesse player and lacks pure straight-ahead power. He’s much more effective on the left side and has never been good at protecting his legs. Though not a highlight-film guy, Schobel is a decent tackler who knows how to put his body in the way of an opponent’s forward progress.
How he fits: While Schobel is no threat to dislodge Dwight Freeney from the top of the Colts’ DE food-chain, he does bring substantial skill and experience to the position. Schobel, who was recently moved to the practice squad, has enough talent to contribute or even start for short periods if the need arises.
Reminds me of: Chike Okeafor, the well-traveled but unusually effective rush end who now starts for the Cardinals.
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