The Cards went pass rusher in the fourth-round, taking Wisconsin’s O’Brien Schofield. Schofield is a future pick, since he tore his ACL in a Senior Bowl practice. The Cards see their defensive ends-turning-to-outside linebackers as a year project anyway, but he likely isn’t going to make much of an impact right away. He had 12 sacks for the Badgers and was expected to go a little earlier if it wasn’t for the injury.
UPDATE: Schofield says he plans to play at 245 pounds. He is listed at 221, which was his combine weight, but that was because he had just suffered the injury and lost weight. He says his timetable is to start running in mid-May and hope to start contact work sometime in camp. “I am really planning on playing this year,” he said, and coach Ken Whisenhunt compared the situation to tight end Stephen Spach, who blew out his knee about the same time of year last year and managed to play the following season.
“We feel he’s a first-round talent,” GM Rod Graves said. “We gambled a little bit and we felt like it was well worth it.”
I will have a whole story posted on the home page in a bit. UPDATE II: Here is the story. It explains the pick in further detail.
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