The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman continued his breakout this past season when he started 12 games and allowed just two sacks and eight total pressures on 302 pass block snaps. He was named First-Team All-American in addition to First-Team All-Big Ten.
“In addition to Schmitz’s finishing ability as a blocker, which showed up consistently during Senior Bowl workouts, it’s the zone-run fit in Brian Daboll’s offense that sticks out,” ESPN’s Matt Bowen said after also naming Schmitz among the best team fits of the draft. “This is where the 6-4, 320-pound rookie center can reach, combo, climb and cut off second-level defenders. He’s an instinctive and detailed technician here, and that opens up more running room for Saquon Barkley to get vertical on inside and outside zone schemes.”
“As a four-year starter for Minnesota, Michael-Schmitz shouldn’t look lost in the early parts of his NFL career,” PFF’s Trevor Sikkema added in his own best player fits article. “In fact, he’s in a great environment to start at center on the Giants’ interior offensive line. Michael Schmitz, at 6-foot-3 ½ and 300 pounds, is one of the bigger and stronger centers in the class, which will gel well with the guys already entrenched on the Giants offensive line. New York nailed its first two selections, leaving little projection needed to envision impact starting roles for both Banks and Michael-Schmitz. “