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Joe Schobert (born November 6, 1993) is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Browns in the fourth round during the 2016 NFL Draft. Schobert played college football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the Jack Lambert Trophy in 2015 as the nation's best linebacker.

Joe Schobert
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Schobert in 2017 training camp
No. 53 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-06) November 6, 1993 (age 25)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Waukesha West
(Waukesha, Wisconsin)
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2019
Total tackles:284
Sacks:6.5
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:2
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Schobert mainly played tailback and safety in high school football but also played wide receiver in addition to returning punts and kicks. As a junior, he was a part of the Waukesha West team that won the WIAA Division 1 state title.[1] During the championship game he set the rushing record with 296 yards on 38 carries.[2] In his senior season, he rushed for 1,452 yards with 23 touchdowns.[2]

College recruitingEdit

Schobert was not rated or ranked by any of the major college ranking systems.[3] He didn't receive any NCAA Division I scholarship offers.[2] He wanted to play for the Wisconsin Badgers but was originally told he could tryout after the 2012 season started. Due to the lack of interest shown by Wisconsin, the only Division I football program in the state, he planned to attend Division I FCS University of North Dakota and join the Fighting Hawks as a walk-on.[2]

In July 2012, Schobert's outstanding performance in the WFCA Large School All-Star Game in which he played running back, safety and kick returner, tallying 145 all-purpose yards, two tackles, two pass-breakups and an interception caught the attention of Kenosha Bradford football coach Jed Kennedy. When he learned that Schobert's only opportunity to play Division I college football was as a walk-on at North Dakota, he contacted people he knew in the University of Wisconsin athletic department. The day before Schobert was to depart for Grand Forks, North Dakota, Badgers head coach Bret Bielema offered him a preferred walk-on spot.[2] In Schobert's own words: "They had a great coaching staff up there. I liked them. I thought I would have fit in, but Madison offered at the last second. It was a dream come true for a Wisconsin kid, so I had to jump on it. The rest has been history."[4]

College careerEdit

 
Schobert in 2015

Schobert attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a member of the Big Ten Conference, where he played outside linebacker for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2012 through 2015.

2012Edit

During his freshman season Schobert played in five games but recorded no statistics. However, he was named 2012 Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year and brought on scholarship as a result.[5]

2013Edit

As a sophomore Schobert played in all 13 games and started in one game, against Arizona State in which he recorded five tackles and one tackle for loss. He recorded 24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and three passes defensed.[5]

2014Edit

The 2014 season saw the Badgers replace all 4 starting linebackers from 2013. Schobert and Vince Biegel replaced the starting outside linebackers while Derek Landisch and Marcus Trotter replaced the starting inside linebackers. Schobert and Biegel were described as former teammate Marcus Trotter as exact opposites, he described Biegel as "a hamster on a wheel, man. He's just always running." while he said "Schobert is the exact opposite. He's very calm all the time."[4]

Schobert had a breakout season in 2014, he started all 14 games. By the end of the season he ranked first on the team in pass breakups with seven, second on the team in tackles for a loss with 13.5 and fourth on the team in tackles with 69. As a result, Schobert was named a consensus honorable mention All Big Ten.[5] Schobert was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for week 8 after his defensive performance against Nebraska on November 15. Schobert tallied 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed and fumble recovery.[4]

At the end of the season Schobert was named Honorable mention All-Big Ten.

2015Edit

2015 saw the Badgers replace the starting inside linebackers again while Schobert and Biegel started opposite one another again. While Biegel was named to numerous preseason award watchlists Schobert was not. Nonetheless Schobert was named as a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi Awards in addition to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

In Wisconsin's season opener against Alabama, Schobert led the Badgers in total tackles with 13 and added four tackles for a loss and two sacks.

He was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week after week 5 after the Wisconsin-Iowa game in Madison where Iowa defeated Wisconsin 6–10. During the game Schobert recorded 8 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 3 sacks, 5 QB hurries, 2 force fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. He shared Defensive Player of the Week with Iowa defensive back Desmond King who had nine tackles and two interceptions[6]

Against Maryland in week 7 Schobert relived on his high school days at tailback when he rushed for 57 yards on a fake punt on 4th and one.[7]

In late November he accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Senior Bowl which will be played at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.[8] At the end of the regular season Schobert was named the Big Ten Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year in addition to being named First Team All-Big Ten by Coaches and Media.[9][10] At the annual Badgers year-end honors banquet Schobert was the recipient of the Jimmy Demetral Team MVP award.[11]

Schobert was named to the first-team All-America Team by FWAA and ESPN.[12][13] He also earned second-team All-America honors by the AP, Walter Camp, USA Today, CBS Sports, Sporting News and Athlon Sports.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

During the 2016 Senior Bowl Schobert played on the North team. Schobert bulked up for the game, weighing in at 247 lbs, 11 lbs heavier than his official weight on the Badgers roster. ESPN's Kevin Weidl commented on Schobert being a "savvy" pass rusher and that he "holds up well in space".[20] WGN Radio Bears Insider Adam Hoge reported that Schobert's weight gain seemingly didn't affect his agility, his technique was exceptional during practices and he was "doing everything right in practices and has looked good in coverage".[21][22]

During the Senior Bowl, Schobert's teammate K.J. Dillon blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt by Ross Martin, Schobert was able to recover the ball and return it for 73 yards to the opposition's 6-yard line before being tackled by Jerell Adams.[23]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Solo Ast Total TFL TFLyds Sack INT PD FF FR
2012 Wisconsin 5 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 Wisconsin 13 12 12 24 2.5 13 1.0 0 3 0 0
2014 Wisconsin 14 44 25 69 13.5 52 3.0 0 7 2 1
2015 Wisconsin 13 39 40 79 19.5 98 9.5 1 3 5 2
College Totals 45 95 77 172 35.5 163 13.5 1 13 7 3

Professional careerEdit

 
Schobert in 2017

Coming out of Wisconsin, Schobert was projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all the combine and positional drills. On March 9, 2016, he participated at Wisconsin's pro day and chose to perform only the vertical and broad jumps, improving on them both. Team representatives and scouts from 25 NFL teams were present to scout Schobert, Alex Erickson, Derek Watt, Joel Stave, Tyler Marz, and six other Wisconsin prospects for Wisconsin's pro day.[24] Schobert was ranked the 12th best outside linebacker prospect available in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and was ranked the 12th best linebacker by Sports Illustrated.[25]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 38 in
(1.86 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.74 s 1.62 s 2.77 s 4.30 s 7.11 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[26]

The Cleveland Browns selected Schobert in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[27] He was the 12th linebacker selected in the draft.

2016Edit

On June 8, Schobert signed a four-year contract worth about $2.97 million, which included a signing bonus worth about $634,000.[28]

He competed with Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, Nate Orchard, and Emmanuel Ogbah for the starting outside linebacker job. The Cleveland Browns released veteran Paul Kruger and traded Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots after Schobert showed promise throughout training camp and named the backup right outside linebacker behind Emmanuel Ogbah.[29][30]

He made his professional regular season debut during the Cleveland Browns' season-opening 10-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing with a solo tackle and a pass deflection. The following week, he earned his first career start and made one tackle in a 20-25 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On October 30, 2016, Schobert made his third start and recorded three combined tackles and was credited with a half a sack when he made the first of his career on New York Jets' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Browns went on to lose to the Jets, 28–31.[31] He finished his rookie season with 28 combined tackles (19 solo), a half a sack, and a pass deflection in four starts and 16 games.

2017Edit

Schobert competed with Tank Carder for the starting middle linebacker position after defensive coordinator Ray Horton was fired and new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams replaced his 3-4 base with a 4-3.[32] He started the Cleveland Browns' season-opening 18-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and finished with nine combined tackles. On October 15, 2017, Schobert recorded 13 combined tackles as the Browns were defeated by the Houston Texans, 17–33.[33] Schobert started all 16 games at middle linebacker, finishing tied for first in the NFL with 144 tackles with Bills' linebacker Preston Brown and Packers' linebacker Blake Martinez. On January 16, 2018, he was named to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for the injured Ryan Shazier.[34]

2018Edit

In Week 3 against the New York Jets, Schobert made a game clinching interception to help give the Cleveland Browns their first win since December 24, 2016. In Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, Schobert made 14 tackles and sacked quarterback Derek Carr once.

2019Edit

In week 2 against the New York Jets, Schobert recorded a team high 13 tackles in the 23-3 win. [35]

Personal lifeEdit

Schobert was raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Megan McDonnell in March 2017 in front of the Eiffel Tower, and the couple married in July 2018.[36][37][38]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeff Potrykus, "Badgers give Waukesha West standout Schobert a chance," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 30, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jesse Temple, "Badgers LB Joe Schobert thriving after being overlooked in high school," ESPN Big Ten Blog, Sept. 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Joe Schobert, Cleveland Browns, Outside Linebacker," 24/7 Sports.
  4. ^ a b c Jesse Temple, "Smooth-playing LB Schobert wreaks havoc on field," Fox Sports, Nov. 20, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Jim Oxley, "Senior Spotlight: Wisconsin Football's Joe Schobert," Badger of Honor (Fansided), July 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week".
  7. ^ "Badger Rewind: Resilience shows on road once again".
  8. ^ "Joe Schobert accepts Senior Bowl invite". November 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin's Joe Schobert beats out Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan for Big Ten Linebacker of the Year".
  10. ^ Journal, Jason Galloway | Wisconsin State. "Badgers football: Joe Schobert named Big Ten's linebacker of the year".
  11. ^ "Team MVP Schobert leads Badgers' award winners".
  12. ^ "FWAA > News > 2015 AutoNation All-America Team".
  13. ^ "Big Ten leads charge in 2015 ESPN.com All-America Team".
  14. ^ "Heisman Trophy winner Henry highlights AP All-America team".
  15. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation - 126th Walter Camp All-America Teams".
  16. ^ "USA TODAY Sports All-America college football teams".
  17. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/25407430/cbs-sports-2015-college-football-all-america-team
  18. ^ "Sporting News All-America team: Henry, McCaffrey, Mayfield highlight 2015 selections".
  19. ^ "College Football's 2015 Postseason All-America Team".
  20. ^ "Weidl: Wisconsin's Schobert holds up well in space - ESPN Video".
  21. ^ "Hoge's Senior Bowl Notes, Day 2: Carson Wentz Winning The QB Battle And It's Not Close". January 27, 2016.
  22. ^ "Senior Bowl 2016: Joe Schobert, How to Watch". January 30, 2016.
  23. ^ "Rewinding the South's 27-16 victory over the North in the Reese's Senior Bowl".
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  27. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (April 30, 2016). "LB Joe Schobert drafted by the Browns at 99". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  28. ^ Labbe, Dan (June 9, 2016). "Cleveland Browns sign fourth round pick Joe Schobert". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016; Ulrich, Nate (June 24, 2016). "Browns sign fourth-round draft pick Joe Schobert to rookie contract". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
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  30. ^ "Ourlads.com: Cleveland Brown's depth chart: 08/01/2016". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  31. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 8-2016:New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  32. ^ John Kuntz (August 3, 2017). "Joe Schobert was miscast last season and 4 other things we learned at Cleveland Browns training camp". Cleveland.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  33. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Joe Schobert". nfl.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  34. ^ "Joe Schobert added to AFC Pro Bowl team". ProFootballTalk. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
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  36. ^ "Joe Schobert got married over the weekend". Browns Wire. July 17, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  37. ^ "Browns LB Joe Schobert announces marriage via Instagram". theOBR.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  38. ^ "Browns LB Joe Schobert announces engagement". theOBR.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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