NFL Draft 2011: Raiders LB Search—Marc Shiechl Edition

DopeRaider brought up an intruiging 2011 NFL Draft prospect I had never heard of: Marc Shiechl. And when he mentioned he was from the Colorado School of Mines I thought he was just f'n with me. Even his name looks like a typo. Turns out he wasn't, and—just like he mentioned—the Raiders have worked this guy out.

Schiechl is a 6'2" and 252 pounds defensive end. He is the prototypical type of prospect that 3-4 teams (and the Raiders) try to turn into outside linebackers.

Despite dominating at the School of Mines, setting an all-time Division II record with 46 sacks and earning the Division II All-Star game defensive MVP, Schiechl was not invited to the combine. He did participate in a Pro Day, and ran a 4.65 40, had a 35" vert, 10'5" broad jump and put up a whopping 38 reps on the bench. You better believe teams are noticing him now.

And that is about all we have on Shiechl. There are some highlights and I'll post that after the jump.

 

There is nothing not to like about this guy as a late-round selection. As a linebacker it is impossible to tell how his coverage skills would be, and it is probably safe to assume they would need some serious work. From what we see in the video his pass rush moves seem fairly limited to bull rushing, but that is certainly something he could develop. He packs a lot of explosion in his tackles, and I was fairly impressed with his pursuit and feel for the flow of the game. I think he could probably come in right away and contribute on special teams. 

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