The Atlanta Falcons are in the market for some depth on the offensive line. California's Brian Schwenke is another big bodied, talented offensive lineman that the Falcons have been in contact with. According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.ner, the Falcons met with him as part of a west coast trip:
Can confirm Levine Toilolo/TE/Stan working out for Atlanta Falcons today w/Brian Schwenke & Stepfan Taylor....waiting to hear on Zach Ertz..— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 7, 2013
Follow along as we discover how Brian can possibly help the Falcons:
University of California
Height: 6'3" Weight: 314 pounds
Arm Length: 32" Hand Measurement: 10-1/4"
40-yard dash: 4.94 sec. 10-yard split: 1.74 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.74 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.31 sec. Bench Reps: 31 reps
Vertical Jump: 26.5" Broad Jump: 9'0"
2012: 12 games played, 12 games started at center
2011: 12 games played, 12 games started at left guard
2010: 12 games played, four games started at right guard, eight games started at left guard.
2009: 12 games played as a special-teams player and reserve offensive lineman
Schwenke is an experienced, intelligent starter with a ton of leadership. He's got great girth and quickness at the point of attack. He's able to use his quickness to pull on screens and runs. He gets the snap off quickly and understands protection calls that will make sure that his quarterback stays relatively untouched.
He needs to improve his hand technique so that he can be able to protect better. He also needs to improve his strength and power off the line. His trouble anchoring in pass protection against nose tackles would be his long-term downfall as he would have to deal with that a ton as a center in the NFL.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Schwenke is the model of what the Falcons want out of their offensive linemen. He's got a hard-nosed, hard-working personality and was a team captain for the Golden Bears. Add in that he's completely clean off the field with absolutely no character concerns, and it's tough to see how he isn't an ideal person for the Comrade Filter.
Schwenke is a versatile, strong offensive lineman who could end up playing a starting role at any of the three interior positions on an NFL line. His ideal fit is probably at left guard, with a long-term role as a technician more than a power guy.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
If the Falcons wanted to bring in Schwenke, it would have to be with a selection anywhere from the third to the fifth round of the draft. If he is selected by the Falcons, he will at the very least compete for a starting spot as a center or guard and could end up as a possible second year starter at left guard as a much more affordable replacement for Justin Blalock.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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