Owen Schmitt Scouting Report
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Owen Schmitt Scouting Report

Position: FB
Conference: Big12
School: West Virginia Mountaineers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #35
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 250 lbs.
Drafted 5.28 in 2008 by SEA

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia

Schmitt started his career at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls, where he ran for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman in 2004. He walked on at West Virginia the next year and immediately became the starting fullback and has been a part of one of the nation's most dynamic and explosive offenses for the last three seasons. In three years, he has put up respectable offensive numbers (939 rush yards, 12 TD, 32 catches, 288 yards, 2 TD). While his carries and yards have dwindled throughout his time at West Virginia, it's his blocking that he's known for. He's helped lead the way for consecutive 1,000 yard seasons for both Pat White and Steve Slaton. It would be an understatement to say that Schmitt is a physical player. In his college career, he has broken 10 face masks. As much of an asset as it is for blocking, it lends well to being a short-yardage runner, as he can be counted on to get that yard or two on third and fourth down (or on goal-line plays). With fullbacks not having as pivotal of a role on many teams, Schmitt could wind up being both a tight end and fullback. He has good hands and moves well for his size; and given his great blocking ability, he could be used both in the backfield and along the line of scrimmage. Either he or Arkansas' Peyton Hillis will be the first fullback off of the board, though Schmitt would have to be considered more the true fullback than Hillis (who is more of a Brian Leonard-type). He should go no later than the fourth round and it wouldn't be a surprise if someone decided to take him earlier. Update (1/4/08): Schmitt signed off on his collegiate career in style, rushing for a 57-yard touchdown in West Virginia's 48-28 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night. Schmitt picked up 64 yards on three carries and more importantly, helped led the way for QB Pat White (150 yards) and RB Noel Devine (108 yards) to have huge nights on the ground. Update (4/21/08): At the combine in February, Schmitt ran a time of 4.73 seconds in the 40 and had 26 reps in the bench press (following that up by having a solid showing at West Virginia's Pro Day on March 13). There he ran a 4.72 40 and posted times of 4.18 seconds and 6.96 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill -- times that were on par with the top running backs in the draft.

Last Updated Apr-21-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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