Schofield tears ACL at Senior Bowl drills

The 2010 pre-draft evaluation process has claimed its first victim.

Wisconsin defensive end O’Brien Schofield tore an ACL during the first day of practices at the Senior Bowl on Monday, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“I was in tears,” Schofield told Potrykus Monday night.  “I just couldn’t believe it.”

Schofield was in the process of transitioning to linebacker at the next level.  He was named defensive MVP for the East-West Shrine Game.  On Monday, he was practicing with the defensive ends.

“He did a really nice job last week and opened eyes,” Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey told Potrykus.  “A good player.”

Schofield is the second former Badger in two years to have his pro career derailed by a January ACL tear.  In 2008, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu suffered the same injury while working out on his own.  The first-round prospect fell to round four, and he has had trouble gaining traction after missing all of his rookie season.

Schofield is nevertheless optimistic.  “I truly believe that somewhere some good is going to come out of this.”

Named to the 2009 all-Big Ten Conference team, Schofield was projected to be drafted in round two or three.  He’ll undoubtedly fall to a later round.

7 responses to “Schofield tears ACL at Senior Bowl drills

  1. eagles fans can testify to how bad ikegwuono really was.
    but that really sucks, i hope he recovers before its too late

  2. Trust me – he was one of those players a team falls in love with and takes very early. Still would take him no later than the 4th round – can terrorize the QB.

  3. This is why you don’t play in meaningless games. Heck, he should have skipped his last year of college to make sure he didn’t get injured. And…he shouldn’t play any regular season games in the NFL as well. Draft him, and leave him on the bench until the Super Bowl. It’s the only game that “counts”.

  4. Worth a late round pick. Red shirt his rookie year and rehab for 2011. (Diamond in the rough.)
    I don’t think O’brien has a twin or needs a Xbox.

  5. This is why you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Life is not a sprint, its an obstacle course. You have to be ready for anything.

  6. Schofield is a beast. Somebody’s going to get a bargin on him. He may have the same injury as Ikegwuonu had last year, but that’s where the similarities end. He’s a much better and more focused person than Jack.
    Look at how many picks flame out. If you can get a potentially dominant player in the 3rd or 4th rounds, but he has to sit out a year, you do it.

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