April 27, 2012
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NEW YORK CITY - Former Cal offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz was selected Friday by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 37th pick overall. The selection of Schwartz gives Cal at least one player drafted in the first or second round for six consecutive years. Schwartz is the first Cal offensive lineman selected since Alex Mack was also taken by Cleveland in the first round (No. 21 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Schwartz started all 51 games possible during his Cal career from 2008-11 to fall one start short of Syd'Quan Thompson's school record of 52, making all of the starts at either left tackle (35) or right tackle (16). He earned first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic in his senior season, and was also named second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior after an honorable mention selection in his sophomore campaign. He was named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic (2008-10) and earned the Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (2009-11) for three seasons each.
Schwartz started all 13 games at left tackle as a senior and anchored an offensive line that blocked for first-year starting tailback Isi Sofele, who posted the sixth-highest rushing total in school history with 1,322 yards on the ground. He added first-team All-Pac-12 selections from the ESPN Pac-12 Blog and Phil Steele, and was a second-team all-conference pick of College Sports Madness and Yahoo! Sports.
Schwartz was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice as a junior, starting all 12 games at left tackle to anchor an offensive line that blocked for 1,167-yard rusher Shane Vereen. He earned a second-team spot on Phil Steele's postseason All-Pac-10 team as well after a first-team position on his midseason All-Pac-10 squad. In addition, he was a member of the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 College Football All-America Team.
He started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selections.
In his freshman season, he began the year as the starter at right tackle for three contests before making a switch to the left side in game four vs. Colorado State and starting the remaining 10 games at that position. He was named a second-team Freshman All-American by College Football News and honored with the Bob Tessier Award as Cal's Most Improved Offensive Lineman. He also picked up honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
Following his collegiate career, Schwartz started at tackle in the 2012 Senior Bowl. He also participated at the 2012 NFL Combine, posting a personal best of 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.
Visit the 2012 Cal NFL Draft Central page for extensive coverage of the selection of former Bears selected in the three-day 2012 NFL Draft that continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN and NFL Network are televising the event live.
CAL FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT NOTES (THRU Mitchell Schwartz SELECTION)
Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 215 selections overall since the NFL Draft began in 1936.
Cal has had 37 NFL Draft selections and eight first-round picks in the 11 drafts that have taken place since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived prior to the 2002 NFL Draft.
Cal had four first-round picks in three seasons from 2009-11 with at least one in all three, but did not have a first-round pick in 2012.
Cal has had at least one player selected in the second round or higher in each of the past six seasons.
The most Cal players selected in a single draft were the 10 chosen in 1952, while the Golden Bears have had six players chosen twice (1997, 2008) and five on six occasions (1950, '83, '91, `94, '96, 2005).
Steve Bartkowski (1975) is the only Cal player to ever be selected with the first pick overall in the NFL Draft.
Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall, 2010) and Cameron Jordan (Saints, 24th overall, 2011) made Cal only the second team in the Pac-10 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other).
Cal became the first Pac-10/12 team in 40 years to have two first-round selections in the same year that no other Pac-10/12 team had a single first-round selection when Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall) and Jahvid Best (Lions, 30th overall) were both first-round selections in 2010. USC's Al Cowlings (Bills, 5th overall) and Sid Smith (Chiefs, 26th overall) were both picked in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, while no other Pac-10 team had a first-round selection.