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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Karson Schoening, OC, North Dakota State University

Karson Schoening North Dakota State
Karson Schoening the 6’5, 300 pound center from North Dakota State University is one of the most underrated players in the 2021 NFL Draft.

We have been talking a lot about Trey Lance this year the gun slinging quarterback from North Dakota State University, but we have not talked about his offensive line. There are some hogs on that offensive line. Karson Schoening is one of the big boys up front that give Lance time to distribute the ball around. He is not a little man either. Karson Schoening stands at 6050 and weighs 302 pounds.

Schoening is an athlete, many are not aware of his high school basketball and baseball skills! He was a pitcher for Rolla High School and also did a great job playing the infield. He was a four year starter in high school on the offensive and defensive line. He came to North Dakota State and redshirted his first season.


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As a redshirt freshman, Schoening was the primary back-up to Tanner Volson who is now on the New York Giants. He appeared in three playoff games as the back-up center.

As a sophomore he was the back-up center again to the Rimington Award winner Volson. Both have major similarities. They are both mauling anchors, with great footwork and a punch. MVFC football teams were able to see that for themselves last year.

In 2019, Schoening started 16 games for the undefeated Bison football team and helped Trey Lance win the National Championship as well as the Walter Payton Award as a true redshirt freshman. The huge center graded out at 94 percent on the season, with zero missed assignments. That is an amazing stat right there folks, this kid is a grinder.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:

They call a massive offensive lineman a hog molly coined by Keith Jackson, but a 6’5 center is insane. Most centers entering the NFL Draft are 6020 to 6040, there are not many players at 6050 who play center at a high level. Schoening is a kid that can do it all. He is huge, has great footwork and plays on the best team in the FCS. There are three offensive lineman that will be scouted by NFL teams on that offensive line and Schoening is one of them. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

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