Football: Mike Schofield, Jordan Lynch hope to hear their names called during NFL draft
By Pat Disabato email@example.com May 8, 2014 10:48PM
Michigan's Mike Schofield | Photo courtesy of University of Michigan Athletics
Updated: June 10, 2014 7:03AM
When the 2014 NFL draft wraps up Saturday, 224 players will have been provided with the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing football for a profession.
In all, there are seven rounds, 32 picks in each. The first round was completed Thursday. Rounds 2 and 3 are Friday, followed by rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday.
From a Southland perspective, Sandburg graduate Mike Schofield and Mount Carmel alum Jordan Lynch likely will hear their names called.
Schofield was a four-year varsity letterman at Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 304-pound offensive lineman appeared in 52 games — starting 36 — primarily at right tackle. However, he does have experience at guard, having started 10 games on the left side.
According to Dan Brugler, of NFLDraftScout.com, Schofield “plays like a veteran with the competitive attitude to finish blocks, but he works best in smaller spaces. He’s a try-hard overachiever and leaves it all on the field with a top competitive nature, finishing with tenacity.”
A 2009 Sandburg grad and SouthtownStar All-Area selection as a senior, Schofield has been pegged by various draft analysts as a third- to fifth-round selection.
NFL.com projects Schofield “as a utility swing backup but possesses eventual starter potential.” It’s a safe bet the Orland Park resident will hear his name called at some point Friday or Saturday.
Lynch isn’t guaranteed the same luxury. NFL.com projects Lynch as a sixth- or seventh-round pick. There’s also a chance he’s overlooked and signs as an undrafted free agent.
Beyond when and if Lynch gets drafted, the bigger mystery is where he’ll play. Lynch was a Heisman Trophy finalist after his senior season, when he passed for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,920 yards and 23 TDs in 2013 while earning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors at Northern Illinois.
He’s the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815 yards) and throw for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) in the same season, which he accomplished in 2012.
As far as NFL quarterback standards go, the 6-foot Lynch is considered undersized, and there are questions surrounding his passing accuracy. That’s why some draft analysts consider him better suited to play in the secondary or running back in the NFL.
While his preference is to play quarterback, Lynch has gone on record saying he would be open to learning another position.
According to NFL.com, Lynch “could contend for a job as a No. 3 quarterback, if he learns to refine his passing instincts. Toughness and competitiveness could translate well as a box safety or hybrid running back, though odds could be long unless he fully embraces position change.”
A 2009 Mount Carmel graduate and Mount Greenwood resident, Lynch has had to prove his doubters wrong throughout his football career.