Mitchell Schwartz Conference Call Following His Pick by the Browns

(On if he prefers the left side or the right side)- “Obviously if you go to Cleveland, Joe Thomas is the left tackle, so probably right now a little more right tackle. Honestly, I’m pretty comfortable with both, like you said I’ve played both in my career, so I’m comfortable doing either. I know Cleveland has probably the best left tackle in the game, so I understand my role in regards to that.”

(On if he knows Alex Mack)- “Yeah, I played with him. My first two years at Cal were his last two. I’ve stayed in contact with him throughout the process and talked to him a little bit. I’m sure I’ll get the full scouting report on Cleveland. It’s definitely going to be good to have a former teammate there. It’s always good when you know someone going into a new situation.”

(On his older brother Geoff Schwartz who was drafted in 2008)- “I got really lucky having an older brother who has been through the process already. Coming out of high school, I kind of knew what to expect as far as recruiting. Obviously now going into the NFL, I have a pretty good understanding of what to expect. He’s been there and done that, and I can learn a little bit off of his mistakes. It’s a really good thing to have that there. We talk pretty much every day about all sorts of things. Obviously, we talk about football and how he likes it and what the challenges are going to be. It has definitely given me a little bit of a leg up that all the guys aren’t necessarily fortunate enough to have.”

(On possibly starting with new teammates Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden)- “Obviously the franchise just looks to get better in any way that it can. I’m not in the war room or anything, so I’m not sure how those talks went down. Cleveland is just doing their best to get better with everything they can do and the draft is obviously part of that process. You can tell that the team has gotten more talent and gotten better as the years have progressed these last couple of years. It is definitely an exciting time coming to an up and coming team, a team with a lot of talent that is going to be competing for the next few years and all the years to come.”

(On if he had a feeling the Browns would select him and where he is watching the draft)- “I’m watching from my house in Los Angeles. I know through the whole process I’ve talked to them a decent bit. I had a good understanding and I think they liked me. I never tried to put too much stock into that. You get told a lot of different stories about teams that showed guys a lot of interest and nothing really comes of that. But I have a good relationship with them like I said, we talked a pretty good amount through the entire process. I’m definitely excited with it, it’s not completely new. I’ve met all the coaches, all that kind of stuff before. I’m just looking forward to it.”

(On his familiarity with Weeden and Richardson)- “I don’t know them personally, but as fan of college football, you can’t not know those names, you can’t not see them on TV. I know Trent is the best running back coming out this year. He has been a monster ever since he got to Alabama. We all know the Brandon Weeden story, about the success he has had at Oklahoma State, lifting them up and pushing them into the national championship conversation. Those are two tremendously successful college players and that is the reason Cleveland brought them around for the NFL.”

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One Response to “Mitchell Schwartz Conference Call Following His Pick by the Browns”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Any way you look at it, this team just got much, much better. The first three players selected were offense. No doubt, this team’s priorities are straight. They also added to both lines — which is where you gotta be strong to effectively compete. No dramatic WR — and probably won’t be this year. Let’s see what happens with Weeden winging the ball. Moore, Watson, Little, Norwood, and even MoMass could look much better with better balls coming their way. I see McCoy staying here and Wallace departing (attitude kinda sucked, as I recall). They were not going to get everything in this draft, but they had to fill some significant holes. Weeden moderately surprised me, but not really. I like him as a player and person — just like McCoy. We have added at least 4 on-field players to a roster that needed another 6-7 on-field players — with one more day and a front office that has a history of finding guys in the later rounds. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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