This is the 79th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one.
#53- Joe Schobert– LB- Wisconsin
The Cleveland Browns have had a lot of success in drafting Wisconsin players named Joe in years past. Joe Thomas is obviously a future Hall of Famer who spent his entire career in Cleveland and still works with and supports the team. Joe Schobert hasn’t secured a spot in Canton yet, but he is far from your average Joe. I’m sorry for that horrible pun. It was either that or one about Schobert, Larry Ogunjobi, and Christian Kirksey where I call them Larry, Kirksey, and Joe.
Schobert missed three games last season but was still able to record 101 tackles, six passes defensed, three sacks, and an interception. I try to keep these articles positive for the most part, but the one negative stat I will give here is that Schobert had the highest missed tackle rate (9.8) in the NFL last season. In his defense, Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme relied on trying to create turnovers which led to the Browns having the lowest tackle rate in the league, so it’s not just Schobert.
While that lack of tackling ability was a focus last season, Schobert was very good in pass coverage. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, he was the best linebacker in the NFL in pass defense categories: Yards per coverage snap, snaps per reception and snaps per target. With the way NFL offenses are run today this is a big deal. It’s especially impressive when you pair him with some of the defensive backs that the Browns are going to roll out this year.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Larry Ogunjobi.