O'Brien Schofield's impressive pre-draft push is over, as the Wisconsin defensive end/linebacker suffered a torn ACL on Monday during Senior Bowl practice, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting.
This is a very unfortunate mishap for Schofield, who had improved his draft stock after a strong showing last week during the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando. The Badgers star stood out in practice as he transitioned from defensive end to linebacker, and he earned defensive MVP honors in the game after recording an interception and three tackles. Colleague Todd McShay wrote extensively about Schofield during Shrine Game prep last week.
“Schofield could have taken the easy way out at the East West Shrine game by spending most of his time at defensive end, doing what he does best -- rush the passer," McShay said. "Instead, he opted for on-the-job training at linebacker in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. There were some bumps in the road early on but by week's end Schofield was playing at a higher level than any other linebacker in that all-star game. In my opinion, the mental toughness, competitiveness and versatility shown by Schofield was enough to elevate his draft stock to the third-round range."
Schofield was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009 after recording 24.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He ranked second nationally in tackles for loss behind Michigan's Brandon Graham and tied for sixth in sacks.
NFL teams that play the 3-4 should continue to look at Schofield as an outside linebacker, though this type of injury will limit his availability in 2010.