Player name: Brian Schwenke
Height/Weight: 6'3 314
School/Class: Cal, Senior
Measureables: 4.94 40, 7.31 3 cone drill, 31 bench reps
- Schwenke has the intelligence and the attitude to make a smooth transition to a long term center job after playing the position for only a year in college.
- He's been proven to be very durable after playing in 48 of the possible 50 he could've played in. Most of those starts have been at guard so you're not losing much if he has to play it in a pinch.
- The hip control/agility when he was in the Senior Bowl was very refined even when he was facing a bigger opponent.
- Showed impressive ability to get to the second level at a good clip after finishing his initial block.
- Schwenke isn't the most technically sound blocker but his purported mean streak more than makes up for it.
- He's sporting a monster truck tire underneath his jersey and needs to get in better shape. It's nothing maintaining a proper diet and full time nutritionist can't fix, however.
I liked the Schwenke pick as it gives current starter Fernando Velasco a run for his money in a competition. This is also placing a lot of faith in his ability to pick up the scheme quickly. I don't have any doubts that he won't since he is very smart (aren't most Cal graduates, anyway?) No longer are the days that Titans fans have to place their faith in the usurped (by Velasco) starter Eugene Amano. Amano is a good person from all reports but just doesn't have the required on field command nor the expected boorish attitude to be a starter. The recently retired future Hall of Famer Steve Hutchinson and Kevin Mawae had this mindset of "I'm going to punch you in the mouth and you'll ask for more because you love it". Schwenke has this attitude. It's going to be a hit on the team that severely needs an adjustment of Charmin soft play to one of downright cold hearted, rip your heart out business like mentality.