Round 4 (125): OLB/ILB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
The Packers have needs at both outside and inside linebacker, and Wisconsin’s Joe Schobert can help in both departments. Schobert has good quickness, is a solid run defender and has ability dropping into coverage.
He is a little undersized (6-foot-1, 244 pounds) to play outside often and would likely be moved inside in Dom Capers’ defense. Given the pressing need at the inside spots, this would make more sense. Clay Matthews is expected to move back to outside linebacker, which further highlights the need inside. Schobert could be that guy. On obvious passing downs, he could be used to tee off on the quarterback.
If the former Wisconsin Badger drops to the fourth round, he would provide Ted Thompson tremendous value. Like Jake Ryan last year, the Packers could grab themselves a solid player who can help strengthen an area of need.
Schobert could help out right away on special teams, and he has the instincts and work ethic to find a role on defense. Moving him inside with Ryan and Sam Barrington would help Matthews make a permanent move to outside linebacker where he can help the defense rush the passer with more consistency.
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