What Schofield could offer Cardinals

RENTON, Wash. -- The Arizona Cardinals didn't have a pressing need at outside linebacker after signing Joey Porter to bolster a group featuring youngsters Cody Brown and Will Davis.

The position was still an area without proven depth throughout the roster, however, and that is why the team's selection of Wisconsin defensive end O'Brien Schofield could make sense for the long term. Schofield projects as an outside rush linebacker. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 242 pounds.

Schofield, like recently drafted Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, is coming off a significant knee injury. He starred at the East-West Shrine game, earning a late invite to the Senior Bowl, only to suffer a torn ACL during one of the practices in Mobile, Ala.

The Cardinals will presumably let Schofield work under strength and conditioning coach John Lott for the upcoming season, with an eye toward 2011. That is my feel, anyway, based on discussions with draft analyst Rob Rang, who is sitting nearby in the media room at Seahawks headquarters.

Schofield has very strong NFL connections. His cousins include former Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram and longtime defensive end Vonnie Holliday, according to my Pro Football Weekly draft guide.