In nine seasons with the Bills, defensive end Aaron Schobel used both hustle and skill to become Buffalo’s second-ranked pass rusher in team history with 78 career sacks. After missing 10 games to injury in 2008, Schobel proved he’s still got game in 2009 when he played in all 16 games while posting a team-high 10 sacks.
Schobel is a no-nonsense Texas boy who plays the game with a high motor and intensity. With plenty left in the tank, his game compares favorably to Minnesota’s Jared Allen and the San Francisco’s Justin Smith. He will give you all he’s got on Sundays, and that’s plenty.
Schobel’s game is a much better fit as a 4-3 defensive end than an OLB in a 3-4 front. He likes to play off the edge with his hand on the ground as a true pass-rushing end. To change his game now might have negative consequences, just as Aaron Kampman struggled to make the same transition last year in Green Bay. New England’s 3-4 scheme would be a bad fit, but Houston’s 4-3 front would be ideal for Schobel.
Schobel could be the missing piece playing opposite Texans DE Mario Williams. Houston needs a balanced pass rushing attack to threaten the likes of Peyton Manning and the Colts, who have beaten the Texans 15 times in 16 games. At 32, Schobel still is an every-down player, but could be used primarily on passing downs to go get the quarterback. Something he still does better than most defensive ends in the NFL.