The Atlanta Falcons drafted San Jose State offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer with their sixth-round selection (195th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Falcons were able to acquire the pick from the Houston Texans when they moved back two spots in the middle of the second round and selected linebacker Deion Jones yesterday.
Despite being a three-year starter at left tackle for the Spartans, Schweitzer is expected to help shore up depth along the interior offensive line in Atlanta. His smaller stature (6’4” 300 pounds) and shorter arms (32⅝”) aren’t ideally suited to matching up as an NFL tackle. The Falcons are looking to shore up their interior depth by adding youth. Incumbent starting left guard Andy Levitre turns 30 next month and right guard Chris Chester turned 33 in January.
Schweitzer had a bit of an ace in the hole thanks to the presence of assistant offensive line coach Keith Carter on the Falcons staff. Carter spent a year as offensive line coach and running game coordinator at San Jose State in 2014, where Schweitzer started 12 games at left tackle. Carter’s familiarity with Schweitzer likely helped attract the Falcons to him as a late-round developmental prospect.
Over his career, Schweitzer started 38 games at left tackle. He was a four-time Academic All-Conference honoree and was named to the second-team All-Mountain West squad as a senior. He also served as a team captain during his final season as well.
At his pro day in March, Schweitzer was able to throw up 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press and clocked a 5.15-second 40-yard dash.