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May 7, 2014

Michael Schofield is generating NFL Draft buzz

Michael Schofield is an interesting NFL prospect to watch over the next few days. Some mock drafts have him going as early as Round 3 while others list him as low as Round 6.

CBSSports.com ranks Schofield the No. 112 overall prospect and No. 11 offensive tackle, projecting him to go in the third or fourth round, and that seems to be the best-case scenario for the former Wolverine.

"The one player I think is a little underrated is Michael Schofield," ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said in a conference call with reporters. "I think maybe Round 3, Round 4. Michael Schofield can be a starting right tackle in this league."

After a run on offensive tackles in the first two rounds, Schofield will likely become a coveted talent and it will just depend if there is a team out there that likes him more than the rest and wants to snatch him up before it's too late.

One of those teams could be the Miami Dolphins, the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelley writes while the New York Giants also have a need that Schofield could fulfill.

"The Giants have traditionally loved grabbing high-caliber high school recruits. Schofield was a four-star back then. He's technically sound and a massive overachiever, which sounds like every successful Giant OL ever," the Giants SBNation blog writes. "He's also versatile enough to play guard or right tackle.

"His personality fits exactly what the Giants look for and seems like a great locker room guy. He drew praise from Mike Mayock at the Senior Bowl, and we know that Jerry Reese and company pay attention there."

NFLMocks.com, a site affiliated with Sports Illustrated, has the Dallas Cowboys taking Schofield in the fourth round.

"Adding depth to the offensive line here, the Cowboys add some competition to the right tackle position with Taylor Lewan's lesser-known bookend," the site writes.

Walterfootball.com pegs him as a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins but wherever he ends up, like U-M teammate Jeremy Gallon, Schofield will be a steal, bleacherreport.com pens.

"Michigan man Michael Schofield is a sleeper who will be drafted, likely in the fourth or fifth round. There were times, notably against Alabama in 2012, where Schofield outshined first-round tackle mate Taylor Lewan.

"He doesn't have anywhere near Lewan's athletic gifts, but the team that drafts Schofield will get a technically sound player with good length and loads of experience at a high level.

"At worst, Schofield projects as a solid sixth lineman with the versatility to play any spot but center."

Finally, for a nice article about the Orland Park, Ill., native, check out the Chicago Tribune.

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