They say luck is where preparation meets opportunity. Well, it looks like former Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert has hit that intersection for the Cleveland Browns.
After an excellent performance in Monday’s preseason game with six tackles, a sack and a batted-down pass, Cleveland’s starting middle linebacker spot is Schobert’s to lose, as reported by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot and Zac Jackson of The Athletic.
The opportunity comes with a somber note though, as the spot fully opened up due to veteran Tank Carder’s ACL tear.
Schobert likely next in line at MLB now that Carder is out for the season. "Joe will fit the build what's necessary to play the position."
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) August 22, 2017
Previously an occasional starter at outside linebacker, Schobert moved inside when the Browns transitioned from a 3-4 to a 4-3 last offseason with the hiring of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He has since flourished.
#Browns LB coach Blake Williams said Joe Schobert miscast as 3-4 OLB. Better suited for 4-3, middle or outside.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) August 3, 2017
Schobert, a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has had a standout preseason with the Browns by nearly all accounts. That won’t surprise many Wisconsin fans though, as the Waukesha native did just about everything his senior year to anchor the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense.
Schobert racked up 76 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks to earn first-team All-American honors and the Jack Lambert Trophy, awarded annually to college football’s top linebacker. Pretty good for a former walk-on.
If the preseason is any judge, Schobert’s ascent isn’t slowing down at the pro level.
Joe Schobert hasn't even played a full game's worth of snaps this preseason and he's already stuffing the stat sheet pic.twitter.com/sbtDhL5796
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 22, 2017
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