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Mitchell Schwartz conf. call transcript - 4/27

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz conference call 4-27-12

(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.”

(On how much of an adjustment it is moving from left tackle to right tackle)- “It’s not too much, all of the techniques are the same. It is just a different side of the body and a different leg is back. In terms of the techniques and the style of your play, it is basically all the same.”

(On if his performance at the Senior Bowl drove up his stock)- “I think so. I don’t know how much teams and coaches put into Senior Bowl performances, but I definitely think it made them go back and look at my senior film. They were able to go through and see how I did against some decent players in college. I definitely think it did help me, how much I can’t really say, it is hard to know. It was a good experience for me and I am glad where I ended up.”

(On being called a ‘dumpy’ player by scouts and what he thinks about comments like that)- “I try not to put too much stock into that, I think my family puts more into that than I do. I played over 50 games in college. I have had two really good coaches that have been in the NFL before. I do feel really prepared to come in and compete right away and start if I get the opportunity to. I feel like a top guy being able to come in and start from day one because of my college choice and the coaches I have had there. It will be exciting and I am looking forward to it.”

(On scouts saying he was a slugger inside)- “Whatever they say, I try not to look into that too much. I know the type of player that I am. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how you win. It isn’t a beauty contest. Football is definitely not a beauty contest. You are going out there to try and win the down. However you have to do that, sometimes it’s not going to look the best, but as long as you come out successful, all that really matters is the production.”

(On if he had to fight through back problems)– “Not really. I got surgery after my junior year on that to clean it up. It was something I dealt with a little bit junior year, but I put a pretty high premium on being on the field. Obviously, you’re no use to your teammates or the coaching staff if you’re not on the field. I got it cleaned up after the season and it’s been great ever since.”

(On who his two position coaches at Cal were who had NFL experience)– “It was Steve Marshall and Jim Michalczik.”