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May 4, 2014

To play in NFL, former Mavericks may need new skills

Schaudt, Wolf hope to end up with pro teams after draft

Chris Schaudt is considered one of the best defensive ends in Minnesota State football history, and Jon Wolf is one of the most prolific quarterbacks.

It’s possible that both will need to change positions if they are to get a chance at playing professional football.

“I’m just focusing on becoming a better all-around football player,” Schaudt said. “Whatever position some team wants, I’ll be happy to step into that role.”

Schaudt and Wolf both are eligible to be selected when the NFL holds its annual player draft Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But if they don’t get chosen in the seven rounds, they could sign as a free agent with any NFL team as soon as the draft is completed Saturday.

“I don’t expect to get drafted,” Schaudt said. “I just want to get a shot and get into a (training) camp. I don’t want to look back at this and say I didn’t give it my all.”

Schaudt, who is 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds, has played defensive end at Minnesota State. He finished last season with 50 tackles, including 11 for a loss and 6.5 sacks, boosting his program career records to 33.5 sacks and 58.5 tackles for loss.

He was one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award.

But in the pro game, he may be switched to pass-rushing linebacker, especially in a 3-4 scheme. So he may be asked to lose some weight to do some things at linebacker, or he may be asked to gain some weight if he ends up in a 4-3 scheme as a more traditional end.

“I think I carry my weight better now,” he said. “I’m still at 272 where I was in college, but I’m more lean.”

Schaudt said he’s heard from several teams during the offseason, but the Texans and Dolphins have contacted him the most as the draft approaches.

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