Football: Browns select Mitchell Schwartz

Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz was the first Cal player selected in Friday’s second round of the NFL draft, going to the Cleveland Browns with the 37th overall pick.

Schwartz will join ex-Cal star Alex Mack, starting center for the Browns, and will help block for first-round draft pick Trent Richardson of Alabama. He is projected to compete for the starting right tackle spot.

Schwartz said on a conference call that Mack texted him congratulations — and a list of the top restaurants in Cleveland.

Schwartz is equally excited to pave the way for new running back teammate Richardson.

“He was just an animal at Alabama. You don’t have too many backs like that on college — that big, that thick,” Schwartz said. “I’m sure he’ll make me look pretty good and I’ll make him look pretty good.”

Click here for a transcript of Schwartz’s media teleconference call with the Browns.

Schwartz, a 6-foot-5, 318-pounder, was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection last fall. He is the Bears’ first offensive lineman to be drafted since Mack went in the first round in 2009.

He was the third tackle picked in the 2012 draft.

“A very smart guy, a guy who’s big and athletic,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford recently said of Schwartz. “You’re not going to find a guy who is more prepared than him as far as the intelligence, understanding concepts. I don’t care if we did something his freshman year — he remembers everything. He’s just very bright and analytical.”


Jeff Faraudo