Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at OL Mitch Schwartz

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a closer look at players on the Chiefs roster

Mitch Schwartz hasn't missed a snap of football since being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Over the past four years, Schwartz has been consistent and dependable on the right side of the Browns offensive line, grading out as one of the best right tackles in all of football according to some experts.

The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping that trend continues as he signed as a free agent with the team this past offseason, and Schwartz said he's looking forward to playing in front of the fans he has heard so much about.

"I know it's the loudest stadium in the NFL," Schwartz said of joining the Chiefs. "I know the fans are great—that much I've known for a long time, just knowing that on Sunday's this is the place to be. I remember the first time I played here was against my brother (Geoff). He told me that when we rolled in on the buses to look for the smoke—everyone tailgating and smoking some ribs and other foods.

"So pulling up on the bus and just seeing the smoke rise, it was a really cool atmosphere. You can just tell that the fans get here early. They like to enjoy themselves. Just seemed like a really great environment to play a game."

During his rookie season with the Browns, Schwartz played for one of the new co-offensive coordinators for the Chiefs, Brad Childress, who was the offensive coordinator with the Browns at the time.

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"There's a comfortability there in terms of coach Childress," Schwartz explained. "He's a really good coach and he's a really great guy as well. I think that's kind of the thing that I'm realizing more and more—it's a good staff football-wise (here in Kansas City), but they're also really great people."

TOP MOMENT(S) OF LAST SEASON

Last year with the Browns, Schwartz had one of his best games of the season against an opponent he'll see twice a year now that he's with the Chiefs.

In Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, Schwartz held All-Pro Von Miller to the lowest pass rushing grade of his career (-2.0), allowing just one pressure.

"I've always been big on technique," Schwartz explained. "You need to be strong, you need to be athletic, you need to be fast, but your technique is what you hang your hat on. In the heat of the moment, when you're going against (Denver Broncos linebacker) Von Miller or (Oakland Raiders linebacker) Khalil Mack, you're not thinking about too much. You just have to react to things.

"It's all muscle memory, so you have to have a good foundation for what you're doing."

Photo highlights of Mitch Schwartz

HOW HE FITS

Schwartz looks to fit in at right tackle and help solidify an offensive line that saw nine different starting combinations in 18 games last season, including four different starting right tackles.

As he makes the transition to a new team and the fifth playbook he has had to learn in his career, Schwartz said he has gotten plenty of help from his new teammates.

"They've all been really great in terms of questions," Schwartz said. "Fish (Eric Fisher) has played both sides and having been a tackle I can ask him more tackle-oriented questions, Mitch (Morse) seems like he's got a great understanding and is kind of the one leading the show in the center there so being able to ask him stuff like 'what are you seeing on certain plays,' who he's going to point to, things like that.

"They've all been great."

Looking at the Chiefs Offensive Linemen

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Exp.

College

Devey, Jordan

6-6

320

2

Memphis

Duvernay-Tardif, Laurent

6-5

321

3

McGill (Canada)

Ehinger, Parker

6-6

310

R

Cincinnati

Feigt, Curtis

6-7

314

0

West Virginia

Fisher, Eric

6-7

315

4

Central Michigan

Fragel, Reid

6-8

308

1

Ohio State

Fulton, Zach

6-5

316

3

Tennessee

Mayweather, Garrick

6-2

319

R

Fordham

Morse, Mitch

6-6

305

2

Missouri

Munyer, Daniel

6-1

305

1

Colorado

Nowak, Drew

6-3

292

3

Western Michigan

Pughsley, Jarrod

6-4

310

1

Akron

Reid, Jah

6-7

325

6

Central Florida

Schwartz, Mitchell

6-5

320

5

California

Sterup, Zach

6-9

318

R

Nebraska

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