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Ultra Peanut
04-24-2005, 01:14 PM
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NFLDraftCountdown Profile:
College: Stanford Height: 6-61/2
Position: Defensive End Weight: 300
Class: Senior 40-Yard: 5.04
SCOUTING REPORT
Strengths: Has great size with the frame to continue getting bigger and stronger...Has long arms...Is a very good athlete...Tough and nasty...Smart player with good intangibles...Has a lot of experience.
Weaknesses: For a defensive lineman he does not have great speed or quickness...If he changes positions he will have a lot of work to do and be extremely raw...Was not super productive and didn't do much in terms of sacking the quarterback.
Notes: Some teams are projecting him to the offensive line at the next level...An interesting player with some potential who could be a project some teams decides to take a chance on late.

Stanford Bio:

Hometown:
Newbury Park, CA
High School:
Newbury Park HS
Height / Weight:
6-7 / 300
Position:
DE
Birthdate:
01/08/1982
Seasons At Stanford:
2000-04

Pronunciation: SVEE-tek

At Stanford: Fifth-year senior who has started 14 games for Stanford at defensive end, including all 11 in 2003 ... At 6-7 and 292, Will combines great size and athleticism ... Very experienced and intelligent player, his continued improvement and ability to put pressure on the quarterback will play a pivotal role on the Cardinal defense in 2004 ... Played both tight end and defensive end in 2002, including two games in which he played both ways ... Also participated on the Cardinal track team in the throws ... Two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection.

The 2004 Season: Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2003 Season: A starter at one defensive spot in all 11 games, Will finished the year with 20 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one interception ... He had five tackles, including one sack and tackle for loss, in Stanford's win over UCLA ... Had four tackles and two tackles for loss against Notre Dame ... Also had four tackles in The Big Game vs. Cal ... Recorded his first career interception against Washington State ... Named Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10.

The 2002 Season: Will started the season at defensive end, was moved to tight end in game No. 4, then played both ways in the final two games of the season ... He began the year starting the first three games at defensive end, but was moved to tight end after injuries left the Cardinal with only one tight end ... Over the next six games, he was the team's No. 2 tight end ... Injuries to the defensive line then forced him back to defensive end ... In the final two games vs. Oregon State and Cal, he played both defensive end and tight end, becoming the first Cardinal to play both ways in a game since Scott Frost played quarterback and safety in 1994 ... He recorded three tackles against Oregon State and four vs. Cal ... As a tight end, he caught one pass for six yards at Oregon ... He also scored a two-point conversion at UCLA when he caught a pass in the end zone from place-kicker Michael Sgroi after an errant snap on a PAT attempt ... Named Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10.

The 2001 Season: Appeared in eight games as a reserve defensive lineman ... Recorded two assisted tackles on the season ... Recorded an assisted tackle against both Arizona State and San Jose State. The 2000 Season: Redshirted the campaign as a true freshman. In Track: Competed in the throws during the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons for the Cardinal ... Had the team's top mark in the shot put at 53-9 3/4 ... Finished 10th in the shot put at the NCAA West Regional (51-7).

In High School: Athletic defensive end was considered one of the top recruits in the nation ... An All-America selection by SuperPrep, PrepStar, Cal-Hi Student Sports and Max Emfinger's Bluechips ... Honorable Mention All-American by USA Today ... Selected to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame ... Was named the California Division II Athlete of the Year by Cal-Hi Student Sports as a senior ... SuperPrep ranked him the #6 tight end in the nation and the 11th-best recruit in the Far West ... PrepStar rated Svitek the #2 tight end in the west ... He recorded 48 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at Newbury Park High School in Southern California ... As a defensive end, he had 87 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles ... Named First-Team All-League, All-County and All-CIF as a defensive end ... Second-Team All-State as a tight end ... First-Team All-Area by the L.A. Daily News and Ventura County Star ... Named to the California-Florida All-Star football classic played in the Rose Bowl during the summer of 2000 ... The 1999-2000 Ventura County High School Athlete of the Year ... Had 21 receptions and was named First-Team All-League as a junior ... Two-time National Decathlon Champion ... He won the 15-16 decathlon age group championship at the USA Youth Track and Field Championships in 1997 and '98 ... In 1999, he placed second in the 17-18 age group ... Won the league title in the shot put in 2000 with a best of 59-3 ... Also the Ventura County champion in the shot and discus following his senior season ... The 1999 CIF champion in the shot put ... His other bests include 22-1 in the long jump and 159-7 in the discus ... Three-year letter-winner in basketball ... First-Team All-League and All-Ventura County in hoops as a senior ... Second-team All-League as a junior ... Member of the California Scholastic Federation.

Personal Information: Born January 8, 1982 in the Czech Republic (Prague) ... Political Science major ... His father, Milan, was a member of the Czech National Track Team.

Svitek's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Sack/Yds TFL/Yds Int
2001 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0
2002 3 5 8 0/0 0/0 0
2003 11 9 20 1/6 3/9 1
Totals 14 16 30 1/6 3/9 1

David.
04-24-2005, 01:20 PM
uhh, I thought he was a OG

shaneo69
04-24-2005, 01:20 PM
This guy is the anti-Boomer.

DaKCMan AP
04-24-2005, 01:21 PM
uhh, I thought he was a OG

DE in college, will play OLine in NFL. Will be a project, like Brian Waters who was TE in college.

HolmeZz
04-24-2005, 01:22 PM
He looks like a DE. 6'7", 300lbs. is beast like.

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 01:23 PM
They have fifth year seniors at Stanford?

AZORChiefFan
04-24-2005, 01:24 PM
Notes: Some teams are projecting him to the offensive line at the next level...An interesting player with some potential who could be a project some teams decides to take a chance on late.

I think the Chiefs drafted him with this in mind.

Frankie
04-24-2005, 01:24 PM
DE in college, will play OLine in NFL. Will be a project, like Brian Waters who was TE in college.

Well if he pans out like Waters.... :hmmm: Our OL coach is the best in projects like that.

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 01:25 PM
Getting to Know: Will Svitek

I would describe myself as a person as: a hard worker

The reason I love football is: head to head competition

I pattern my play after: Ryan Eklund

For me to improve as a person, I need to: be more Christ like

My favorite pre-game ritual is: calling my parents before we leave the
hotel

My greatest athletic moment is: winning the youth national decathlon championship

The biggest thrill in my life to date is: graduating from Stanford

My favorite stadium in which to play is: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley

The reason I chose Stanford University is: it epitomized the true
essence of a student-athlete

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: to branch out

The best thing about Stanford is: the alumni

My favorite class at Stanford is: any class I got an "A" in

My least favorite class at Stanford is: any class I got a "C" in

What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs? my teammates

The sports team I followed when I was younger: Lakers and Redskins

The athlete I admire most is:
Dan O'Brien

The people I admire most is: my parents

If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: George Bush

Best book I have read: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Favorite food: everything

If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: protein
shakes

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite TV show: The O'Reilly Factor

Favorite actor: Matt Damon

Favorite actress: Sandra Bullock

If a movie were made of my life, I would have the following actor play
me: Stifler from American Pie (Sean Williams Scott)

Favorite musical group or performer: Kenny Chesney

If I were not playing college football, I would be: getting better grades

After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: a reliable teammate

The best advice I ever received was: work like it depends on you, pray like it depends on God - Jim Stump The people who had the greatest influence on my life: my mom and dad

One moment in history I wish I could have seen: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The place I'd most like to visit: the Rose Bowl on January 1st

The favorite place I've visited: is the Czech Republic
Hobbies: reading, watching television, hanging out with family and friends

Ten years from now, I'd like to be: running marathons

My advice to youngsters: listen to your parents

My most prized possession: my family

If I won $1 million, I would: go to Vegas and turn my $1 million into $2 million

The one thing about college football I would change: enforce the 20 hour rule

Mr. Laz
04-24-2005, 01:26 PM
too big for guard

Will Svitek Grade: 2.55
Position: OT
Class: Sr
School: Stanford
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6'7, 292lbs
40 Time:
Selected by: Kansas City Chiefs
Round 6, pick 13 (187 overall)

Woodrow Call
04-24-2005, 01:26 PM
Maybe he is Dick's BIG TE

DaKCMan AP
04-24-2005, 01:29 PM
Now they're saying he's a tackle.

Arrowhead Nation
04-24-2005, 01:29 PM
Sounds like a Vermeil guy

CHiefs have already drafted 3 Christian guys in Johnson, COlquit and Svitak

Ultra Peanut
04-24-2005, 01:30 PM
too big for guard

Will Svitek Grade: 2.55
Position: OT
Class: Sr
School: Stanford
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6'7, 292lbs
40 Time:
Selected by: Kansas City Chiefs
Round 6, pick 13 (187 overall)Definitely. Description sounds more tackle-esque, too.

DaKCMan AP
04-24-2005, 01:31 PM
Sounds like a Vermeil guy

CHiefs have already drafted 3 Christian guys in Johnson, COlquit and Svitak

so...?

StcChief
04-24-2005, 01:31 PM
We can always use another TE....

philfree
04-24-2005, 01:31 PM
He can come in and start working right away since he's already graduated. Here's his story.


DE Svitek sees better odds for an NFL career on offense
Glenn Dickey, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Stanford lineman Will Svitek is planning an unusual move from defense to offense as he prepares for an NFL career, but it doesn't compare with the courageous decision his father made more than 20 years ago, a decision that allowed Will to grow up in a free country.

Svitek was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), in 1982, but he lived there just two years with his family, which includes his mother and three older brothers, before a fateful night in 1984.

"My dad just couldn't take living under a Communist regime, where if you spoke out against anything, you were thrown into prison," Svitek said. "So, one night, he came home and said, 'We're not going to live here any more. We're leaving.'

"We couldn't tell our families or friends. We had to leave all our clothes and belongings behind. We literally left with just the clothes on our back."

Somehow, the Sviteks got to the border, a distance of more than 100 miles, and crossed into Austria.

"We had to live in a refugee camp for eight months," Will remembered. "Finally, we got permission to enter the United States, and we went to Pasadena."

His father, Milan, had been an urban planner in Prague, but because he spoke no English when the family arrived in the United States, he and his wife had to take menial jobs to support their family. Eventually, he learned the language and was able to return to his profession.

Milan Svitek had been a member of the Czech national track and field team, and he passed along his athletic genes to Will, who played basketball and football in high school at Newbury Park in Ventura County, where the family had moved, and also competed in track and field. He won the 15-16 national competition in the decathlon two years running and finished second in the 17- 18 competition the next year.

Will has shown the same versatility in his football career. In high school, he was a tight end and defensive end, All-CIF as a defensive end and second-team as a tight end. As late as his sophomore year at Stanford, he was still a backup tight end, while starting at defensive end.

His tight-end days are over, though, because he has simply gotten too big. He came into school at 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, but he's now 305. Although he appears almost lean, he can probably go easily to 330.

As a defensive end, he was Stanford's best last year, but after talking to his agent, Steve Baker, he decided his NFL future was brighter as an offensive lineman.

"I was approached by people from 12-13 teams when I was playing in the Shrine Game," he said, "and about half of them talked to me about playing offense and the other half defense, but Steve told me, from his talks to NFL teams, more of them thought I'd be better on offense."

Traditionally, defensive linemen have been the wild and crazy athletes, while offensive linemen have played under control. Svitek thinks he can combine the two personalities.

"I think I can bring that defensive, go-after-them attitude to playing the offensive line," he said. "Plus, I know all the things that the offensive linemen do that really bug defensive linemen, all those little tricks, so now, I can use them for my own benefit."

In the East-West Shrine Game, Svitek played defensive end and performed well. Meanwhile, he was working after the regular practice with former 49ers guard Guy McIntyre. "It's hard to say what he can do based on that," McIntyre said, "because he was blocking against air. But he seems to have the ability."

Since then, Svitek has been doing drills (he graduated from Stanford last year, so he has no classes to worry about), concentrating on his footwork.

Svitek worked out for about 30 NFL scouts at Stanford last Wednesday and reportedly did very well. He ran the 40 in 4.95, an excellent time for a 300- pounder, and bench-pressed 33 reps of 225 pounds, which tests strength and explosiveness. That was better than any offense lineman at the combine, to which Svitek was not invited. He also had a vertical leap of 32 inches.

"The scouts who talked to me all said I did well," Svitek said. "I think I've really helped myself with my Shrine Game workouts and this one. I'm excited about my chances in the draft.''

He won't be picked on the first day (first three rounds), but could be in the later rounds when NFL teams often draft on potential. With his size and athleticism, Svitek certainly has potential.

He also has no doubt that he can make it. "I think I'm a good athlete as a defensive lineman, but I'll be a great one as an offensive lineman," he said.

When you've lived through the life-changing experience he had as a 2-year- old, a position change is nothing.

E-mail Glenn Dickey at gdickey@sfchronicle.com.
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Ultra Peanut
04-24-2005, 01:32 PM
so...?"God, Kyle, quit being such a Jew."

LamarJr
04-24-2005, 01:42 PM
Favorite TV show: The O'Reilly Factor

ROFL

crossbow
04-24-2005, 01:52 PM
Won the decathlon so he has a mountain of endurance. I think Archy Bunker nailed it...Big Tight End. So when Vermiel says big he doesn't mean big, he means BIG!

unlurking
04-24-2005, 01:54 PM
Go Stifler!

Mr. Laz
04-24-2005, 01:57 PM
here's the evaluation from countdown about him AS A Defensive End

Will Svitek

Official Bio College: Stanford Height: 6-61/2
Position: Defensive End Weight: 300
Class: Senior 40-Yard: 5.04
SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths: Has great size with the frame to continue getting bigger and stronger...Has long arms...Is a very good athlete...Tough and
nasty...Smart player with good intangibles...Has a lot of experience.

Weaknesses: For a defensive lineman he does not have great speed or quickness...If he changes positions he will have a lot of work to do and be extremely raw...Was not super productive and didn't do much in terms of sacking the quarterback.

Notes: Some teams are projecting him to the offensive line at the next level...An interesting player with some potential who could be a project some teams decides to take a chance on late.

penchief
04-24-2005, 02:02 PM
My advice to youngsters: listen to your parents

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders.

yoswif
04-24-2005, 02:02 PM
Looks like a Joe Valerio clone. Better value in the 6th though.

Skip Towne
04-24-2005, 02:06 PM
As big as that dude is he can play wherever he wants.

JohnnyV13
04-24-2005, 02:42 PM
Well...I do remember a rather christian player who was a D lineman in college that the Chiefs converted to Oline. His name as David Szott, a fairly decent player who started at guard as a ROOKIE.

whoman69
04-24-2005, 02:45 PM
DV finally did it. He drafted a tweener that can play both sides of the line. Who'd o' believed it.

BigVE
04-24-2005, 03:06 PM
Well...I do remember a rather christian player who was a D lineman in college that the Chiefs converted to Oline. His name as David Szott, a fairly decent player who started at guard as a ROOKIE.
BINGO! I would bet money that when DV and Carl talk about this selection that Szotts name comes up. NOW, if we use him as a TE project I cant see it.

Thig Lyfe
04-24-2005, 03:19 PM
Good size and sounds like a smart guy. If any team can turn him into an OL, it's KC.

Thig Lyfe
04-24-2005, 03:20 PM
BINGO! I would bet money that when DV and Carl talk about this selection that Szotts name comes up. NOW, if we use him as a TE project I cant see it.

BTW, I believe that the source of your quote is Dave Barry.

Rain Man
04-24-2005, 08:35 PM
Well, Dick said that he wanted to draft a big tight end.

It was funny that this guy is listed as a TE and a DE in draft materials, but now he's listed as an OT.

Frankie
04-25-2005, 09:21 AM
Well, Dick said that he wanted to draft a big tight end.

It was funny that this guy is listed as a TE and a DE in draft materials, but now he's listed as an OT.
Yesterday I was gonna post "maybe they should see if he can catch and turn him into a real tall TE." But I thought I'd get laughed at, so I didn't post it. :banghead: Another opportunity to pass as a "genious" lost.