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.