With the No. 37 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns decided to go with Cal offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz was Cal's most steady lineman during a period of upheaval for the Bears offensively, and he provided a modicum of stability on the outside. While the rest of Cal's offensive line struggled to improve or even flat out play right, Schwartz was a rock and was very difficult for even the best of Pac-12 defenders to get past.
Cleveland needed another tackle to go with Joe Thomas, so whoever is under center in 2012 - be it Colt McCoy or Brandon Weeden - will have plenty of protection.
Schwartz was overshadowed by his Pac-12 contemporaries in Matt Kalil and Jonathan Martin, both of whom were drafted higher than him this year. Still, Schwartz could very well be just as productive as both of them. Schwartz played all 51 games he could suit up for as a Bears and was named the team's Cal's most valuable offensive lineman his final three seasons. Schwartz was good at lead blocking at tackle and played a lot in zone blocking schemes in a pro-style offense at Cal. He didn't stand out as a pass rusher, but held his own against opponents like Nick Perry of USC.
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