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2023 Steelers Prospect: Minnesota C-John Michael Schmitz

Ranked By: Joe 412 and John Toth

Photo courtesy of Hog Haven.

Every couple of years, a center comes around that NFL teams believe will be

a leader of their offensive line for a decade or more, and John Michael Schmitz is

that prospect. Since he first came to the University of Minnesota, Schmitz has

been a leader physically and mentally ahead of his years.

After a great week in Mobile, AL, John Michael Schmitz has improved his

status, perhaps claiming the top center prospect title from Michigan’s Olu

Oluwatimi in the 2023 NFL Draft. He excelled throughout the week against top

flight talent and impressed the coaches and scouts with his mental acuity for the


In his senior year for Minnesota, he didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hit

and had only a half dozen hurries over a thirteen game stretch. As a fifth-year senior, he

nearly accomplished the same but did allow two sacks over a span of twelve games. He

was an AP First Team All American in 2022 and plans to be one of the first two

centers off the board in this coming NFL draft.

Here is a look at John Michael Schmitz pros and cons:

C-John Michael Schmitz Measurables

Height: 6’3” 

Weight: 306 lbs.

Hands: 9 5/8”

Arm: 32 3/4”

Span: 78 7/8”

40 Time: TBD


  • An above average athlete for his position.

  • Perfect, compact body build.

  • Takes pride in mechanics and being a game General.

  • Dominant in run blocking.

  • Gets to the second level smoothly.

  • Hand work is precise, with a good first punch.


  • At times, can lose some body control when he explodes.

  • Wingspan is a tad bit lower than you would like to see.

  • At times, gets too high on pass blocking.

  • Can overextend on blitzing, moving targets.

Final Analysis

John Michael Schmitz has all the tools to be a starting center in the NFL from day

one. Physical, smart, and mechanically superior, Schmitz will be a mainstay in the

middle of some lucky teams’ offensive line for years.

Projected Draft Position

John Michael Schmitz has solidified his standing as the number one center in this year’s

draft. Draft 412 sees Schmitz going anywhere from the twentieth pick down to a mid-

second round pick. The Steelers thirty-second pick (the first pick of round 2) could be an

outstanding spot for Schmitz to land as they look for their long term solution at center.

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