As we’ve done in years past, we’re doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. See the full list of players we’ve covered so far here.
Height / Weight: 6’4” 302 lbs
Age: 25 / Experience: 3
Background: Schlauderaff attended Shelton High School in Shelton, Washington. An excellent student in the classroom, he was a three year starter on the offensive line and earned all-league honors as a senior. He wasn’t heavily recruited however, Utah offered a scholarship and he committed. After redshirting in 2006, he went on to start all but three games for the Utes in four years at left guard. He was a consistent presence and was the silent anchor of the Utes’ line. He was a first team all-Mountain West Conference selection and made four All-American teams as a senior. Schlauderaff didn’t come without his flaws; the biggest knock against him was his documented struggles to block in motion. Even so, the Green Bay Packers used a sixth round pick on the Ute in the 2011 draft. He was at a disadvantage due to the NFL lockout and it showed according to multiple media reports once camp activities resumed. However, as Bent documented in his BGA of Schlauderaff, once the games started he showed a reasonable amount of ability. Green Bay was about to cut Schlauderaff but the Jets, who at the time were desperate for depth on the line, decided to send an undisclosed pick (later identified as a seventh rounder) to Green Bay on September 3, 2011. He appeared in six games for the Jets that season and started once…it didn’t go too well. He did not appear in a game in 2012.
2013 Projection: It’s been two years now and there isn’t a lot of clarity for Schlauderaff. From the outside, it appears the Jets were hasty in sending a draft selection for someone who hasn’t played a down in a regular season game in a year now. He’ll have training camp to change that perception but, with the addition of several new lineman it may be difficult for Schlauderaff to carve a niche for himself.