Fourth-round Schofield wants to play in 2010

Posted by Darren Urban on April 24, 2010 – 8:55 am

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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28 Responses to “Fourth-round Schofield wants to play in 2010”

  1. By Julian on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    love the badgers, but should’ve gone with perrish cox

  2. By Don't Take Losses on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    24 TFL and 2 mores sacks + forced fumble in Bowl game. Unreal production but small.

  3. By Chad on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    We must feel real confident with our starters, because drafting Andre Roberts as a ST guy and a guy who can’t play for a year in the 3rd and the 4th seems strange. Isn’t there anybody who could help us this year?

  4. By Mike T on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick for the Cardinals future. This guy had a great year and was the MVP of the East/West Shrine game before blowing up his knee at the Senior Bowl.

  5. By Hud on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Attention Michael Adams has just been flagged for pass interference again. Attention, Bryant McFadden has just set the record for the least amount of interceptions made by a starting corner. And right now, you’re talking about these two guys as possibly the two worst nickel corners in the league and we take a guy who can’t play next year. Which receiver is gonna play corner next year? Put the playoffs Whisenhunt.

  6. By alexu on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I KINDA like the pick because, i dont see Haggans on our team next year, and having Porter, Brown, Davis and Schofield for 2011 i am expecting will be great, but at the same time drafting someone like OLB Ricky Sapp would have been great because he would ahve a year over Schofield to learn, but yeah definitally OLB with round 4, was exactly what i was thinking. I honestly don’t think CB is a big need at all. OL, CB and FB with the last 3 picks, then a Undrafted QB. unless a “good” qb in a “bad” qb class is there for us. That’s what i think. I also see Brown/Davis starting over Haggans at some point this season.

  7. By Skiptim on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not impressed with Perish Cox’s intangibles. He only has like a 32.5 inch vertical with a 4.61 40. O’Brien is a 12 sack guy who had a great season, and according to Mel Kiper (but I am watching the draft on NFL Network by the way) is a 1st round talent when healthy.

  8. By MW on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Perrish Cox would have been an adequate pick, but this is a good look for the Cards. We succeeded in landing a proven punt returner (Roberts), reducing the need for Perrish. Schofield is a 2nd day value (before the injury) who will train beneath Joey porter, a player with attractive similiarities. Keep in mind Greg Toler has great potential, and Syd’quan Thompson or Devin Ross may be available late 6th.

  9. By MoJo on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply


    Why should we take an injured player this early while some of the more flashy names like Florida State Safety and the Clemson DE Sapp and others ?

  10. By darrenurban on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    MoJo —

    The story I will post soon will explain a lot. There is a method to the madness.

  11. By Shtiggy on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Guess we rolled the dice on this guy, but he is fast and speed is good at OLB. If they feel he is first round talent, then I trust that.

  12. By Steve on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Schofield is a good pick, he will have time to heal and should become in time a good edge rusher

  13. By CardinalSwagger on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully he does get the chance to play this year.

  14. By Jcaswellsr on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Another waste of a pick. It’s nice to watch Seattle and 49ers each with 2 first round picks get better and better as the draft goes on. Plus the Rams got a franchise QB and a good LT. This is the most important draft in recenct years for the Cardinals and nobody seems to notice that. First 2 picks A+. Last 2 F. I didn’t realize a 4th WR was more important then a potential starting OT(Bruce Campbell) and now the drafting of a LB with a torn ACL. Should of been completly off the board. Needed a CB. I don’t think DRC can cover 2 or 3 people.

    Laughing at my screen,

  15. By wampag on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    D is what I am hearing about this guy try he sounds amazing

  16. By Night train on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    This guy will be an absolute steal. He was flying up the draft boards until the ACL injury as a hybrid/OLB conversion type. Watch his tape and how he played, he’s a beast and would have been a high second round pick at the very least in the same mold and ratings as a Jerry Hughes.

    We are finally starting to draft like a top organization, stock up on talent because we have enough depth to wait for a guy like this to develop, get healthy. One more sign this is a quality front office and talent evaluation group in line with the Steelers, Ravens, Chargers and Pats.

    As someone who watched this team since the late 80s what a refreshing change to have confidence in your front office and coaches!

  17. By cahongisto on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    so darren:
    NFL network is saying the jets told faneca theyll release him monday… could it be expected i know its early speculation but with duece not signing and grimm and wiz as ex steelers … would it seem reseasonable we will talk to him?

  18. By darrenurban on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Cahong —

    The Cards may talk. But he’s wouldn’t get a big contract.

  19. By Mack on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    So we trade up with McFadden and dont take a corner? Is Toler gonna take his place?

  20. By darrenurban on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Mack —


  21. By Flood on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    With the trade of McFadden back to the Steelers, is it now safe to assume we will be seeing Toler and DRC tag team out there for awhile?

    Must say I am curious we went QB with the pick but I know they were considering one in this draft. Just felt they would go for a DB to replace McFadden on the depth chart. I know we don’t have all the info so I will withhold judgment.

  22. By Don't Take Losses on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Naysayers: I’m lovin it. WhizGraves are proven evaluators of talent.

    This does demonstrate the Coach’s belief we are ready to line up and hit with the squad we have. If a DL of Haggans Docket Williams Campbell Porter can pressure the QB with just 5, our CBs will be just fine. Plus rotate Brown Branch Watson Iwebema Davis. That can be a decent and complete DL second unit.

    The last two picks demonstrate this belief and that our leaders are building long term. A luxury the best franchsies can afford. We’ll see…

  23. By Dockett on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,It’s just silly to me to trade a starting CB for a 3rd string QB.We have NO depth at corner now.If DRC get hurt(coming off a big surgery)..we will be LIT up all day.McFadden had a down year last year but come on,3rd string QB……don’t know bout this…

  24. By TBru on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Conan “The Barbarian” O’Brien Schofield

  25. By Jeremiah on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    First of all McFadden is not a starting CB, he may have been one last year. This move to me just solidifies how much the Cards believe in Toler.

  26. By dan on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I like Schofield a lot, too bad he blew his knee out. He’s relentless.

  27. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    I love the Schofield pick. I work for the University of Wisconsin as a photographer and get on the field a couple of Sundays a year to photograph games. O’Brien is a prototypical Whiz/Graves pick:

    1. HIGH motor and hard worker
    2. Character guy
    3. Squeaky-clean off the field

    The injury does make the pick a gamble, but given O’Brien’s work ethic, he’ll give everything he’s got to get on this field this year, and he’ll have the luxury of still being able to study the playbook and film while rehabbing.

    More on O’Brien here:

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