Evan Schwan had an interesting journey to Penn State. During his junior season at Central Dauphin, Schwan suffered a back injury that caused all of his major suitors to back off....except for Penn State. Schwan bounced back in a big way as a senior, recording 17 sacks. Impressed with the loyalty demonstrated by the Penn State coaching staff, Schwan decided to head to State College and join the Nittany Lions.
After taking a redshirt season in 2012, Schwan received playing time as a redshirt freshman and then gradually saw his role increase as he worked his way up the depth chart each season.
Schwan was able to earn a starting spot as a senior on the opposite side of fellow defensive end and NFL Draft hopeful Garrett Sickels. He made the most of his opportunity, finishing with by-far his most productive season at Penn State. Schwan recorded 31 tackles, eight TFLs, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble, earning him a spot on the third-team all Big Ten squad as well as the Reid-Robinson Award as the team’s best defensive lineman.
What You’re Getting
While Schwan may not hear his name called during the draft, there’s still good reason to believe he could find his way on an NFL roster in the fall. At 6-6 and 263 lbs., Schwan has outstanding size that the NFL desires for its defensive ends. He showed improvement during each season at Penn State, and still has the potential to continue to greatly improve at the next level. He also has all the intangibles needed to succeed at the next level- he’s a coachable, intelligent player who will do whatever is asked of him and plays to the whistle each play.
Schwan does not have the speed needed to become a top-flight pass rusher, but does everything well across the board, especially in regards to run support. He regularly made plays in the second half, getting stronger as the game went on for the most part. Schwan will get an opportunity either as a late round pick or undrafted free agent. With the right situation, Schwan could develop into a steady NFL player for years to come.