Is also very coordinated when asked to scoop block inside, gets his feet around his target and can seal defenders away from the play. Is natural on the move, possess above-average range and can consistently reach/seal or simply cut down a moving target at the second level. Exhibits impressive body control into contact.
Now, is comfortable in pass protection when asked to slide his feet laterally. Covers good ground when asked to quickly redirect and pick up blitzing backers and stunting linemen inside, but needs to continue to improve his overall anchor. Consistently can be overwhelmed on contact. Doesn’t do a good job of extending his arms and creating a pop at the point, and too often allows defensive linemen to get into his frame.
Will get doubled over at the waist out of his stance, as well, causing him to struggle to generate much power on contact. However, works well in tandem with his center inside and the athletic ability is there for him to mirror one-on-one. He just needs to continue to improve his ability to sit into his stance and use his length to keep defenders from easily getting into his frame.
Nevertheless, he did make the move inside to guard last year from tackle for the first time and looked to still be adjusting to the position. But he should take a bit step forward in 2010.
Impression: An impressive run blocker who is still learning the finer points of pass blocking as a guard. However, the skill set is there for him to mature into one of the draft’s better guard prospects with continued development, which I expect he will.
Schilling sat out his first season in Ann Arbor because of a shoulder injury that also had caused him to miss three games of his senior season in high school, and a bout of mononucleosis. He rebounded with a freshman All-American season in 2007, starting all 13 games -- 11 at right tackle and two at right guard. The only game he missed in his career came in 2008 against the rival Buckeyes because of a sprained knee suffered during practice. He started the other 12 games at right tackle. Schilling shifted to left guard for his junior and senior seasons in 2009 and '10. He started every game and finished both seasons as honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Not a dominant blocker, Schilling needs to work on finishing blocks more consistently. But the three-time honoree as the team's outstanding offensive lineman has shown the strength, athleticism, versatility and durability to be a NFL starter.
Pass Blocking: Has an offensive tackle build and the pass-protection skill to play the position. Quick pass set and very good lateral movement for a guard. Stays balanced on the balls of his feet. Keeps his arms extended and will reset his hands multiple hands when one-on-one for a few seconds. Works hard to mirror, generally staying between the defender and quarterback even when giving up quickness. Helped his left tackle when free, giving a nice punch to prevent secondary rushes. Anchors against any college tackle, has active hands and does not give ground. Fair flexibility and recovery speed but tackles can beat him with strong hands or a quick first step.
Run Blocking: Athletic but sturdy run blocker capable of playing in any system. Moves well on zone plays -- keeps his feet going and uses his hands and shoulders to shield defenders. Drives off the ball with authority, puts tackles on the ground when crashing down. Solid combo blocker, puts a strong hand on the tackle and moves easily to the second level. Very effective cut-blocker in space, gets low but lands the block and rolls to sustain from the ground. Uses strength to move tackles in short-yardage situation, even when giving up the low position to his height. Sometimes overextends and forgets to move his feet when engaged, ending up on the ground.
Pulling/Trapping: Shows the feet to move behind the line and get into the hole on traps or move further down the line on pulls. Agile and flexible enough to get a strong hand on linebackers trying to dip inside of his block. Good enough to serve as a personal pass protector on planned rollouts to the right side. Lets up a bit when latched onto smaller defenders, and can be stacked and shed when not moving his feet. Punches when reaching a target, needs to sustain longer and finish the block to prevent his man from entering the fray.
Initial Quickness: Adequate off the snap in pass protection and fires off the ball to provide pop when drive blocking. Elite tackles out-quick him off the line, however, getting inside position in the gap and using strong hands.
Downfield: Outstanding downfield mobility, usually gives ballcarriers open space in which to run. Hustles from one side of the field to the other to push the pile. Takes out defensive backs and linebackers when he gets a strong cut-block, with follow-up effort to sustain. Will hesitate to take out safeties and dance in front of the defender, allowing them to get to the ball. Sometimes watches the ballcarrier if the play gets extended.
Intangibles: Durable, blue-collar worker and four-year starter on the line who became a team leader in 2010 because of his work ethic and experience. No character concerns."
Positive: Competitive, hard-working lineman with limited athleticism and upside. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees, and is a solid position blocker who seals defenders from the action. Better than average skill pulling across the line of scrimmage, very quick off the snap, and explosive at the point of attack. Keeps his feet moving, anchors in pass protection, and turns defenders from the action as a run blocker. Works well with teammates and remains very alert.
Negative: Stiff, gets marginal movement as a run blocker, and really struggles to finish off opponents. Lacks great footwork in pass protection.
Analysis: Schilling has been very productive on the college level and is a blocker who does the little things well. He lacks great upside but possesses the ability to play several positions on the line, which could prove invaluable in the NFL."
Negatives: Not very powerful... Marginal anchoring strength and balance... Struggles to reset... Loses ground to bullrushers... Can be tossed around by bigger defenders... Rises up in pass protection... Allows quicker defenders into his body... Works to stay with his blocks but isn't especially sucsessful... Can be slow to redirect... Allows defenders to roll off his blocks."
Schilling is better in pass protection rather than being a prototypical big, bruising guard who excels at run blocking. This may actually work in his favor as there are many teams who pass more than they run the ball in the NFL these days. Schilling possesses above-average footwork and an ability to engage his man with his hands.
There is still plenty of room on his frame to bulk up for the NFL. He has ideal height and with an added year of development (which would allow him to strengthen his upper body), Schilling can be a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions on the line depending upon the team.
He needs to continue to bulk up, add weight and develop his run-blocking techniques. Schilling often plays with poor leverage when run-blocking since he often plays a bit too upright.
Stephen Schilling projects as a late third to fourth round prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft."
Stephen Schilling's Power in the Run Game is outstanding, though his Strength in the Pass Game needs work. He commands excellent Lateral Agility in either Game, very good Flanking Speed, and a decent Crouch. A converted O Tackle, he's still improving at O Guard, and has the upside to become a very good Starter.
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