Trying to make an NFL team as an undrafted free agent is somewhat similar to trying to make a mark on a college team after being a walk-on. For former Kansas State receiver Dalton Schoen, he’s trying to accomplish both.
As a high-school prep for Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, Schoen broke multiple single-game records, including the state record for yards in a game (380) and yards in the state’s all-star shrine game (169). In 2015, Schoen was named Kansas’ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and finished as one of six finalists for Wendy’s High School Heisman after earning straight-A’s all through high school. As a senior, Schoen finished with 42 catches for 880 yards and eight touchdowns.
Schoen also shined in other sports. In basketball, he won two state championships and was an honorable mention all-state pick while also earning Second-Team All-State honors while playing baseball.
After walking on at KSU, Schoen redshirted in 2015 and saw time in just one game as a redshirt freshman in 2016. His first real action came as a sophomore as he earned the first three starts of his career and participated in 10 games total. He averaged over 20 yards per reception and finished with 470 yards and three touchdowns on 23 total catches.
Skylar Thompson hooks up with Dalton Schoen for the TD! pic.twitter.com/MXrLEDNYBI— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) September 11, 2018
Schoen started all 11 games he played in as a junior and finished with 32 catches for 520 yards and two scores. He started 12 of 13 games as a senior in 2019 and recorded career-highs across the board with 37 catches, 579 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. He was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection for his efforts. From 2017-2019, Schoen was also a First-Team Acaemic All-Big 12 member.
Skylar Thompson to Dalton Schoen TD!— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) September 18, 2018
Gotta watch out for that slick spot pic.twitter.com/wnvoRlY5qL
The Chargers were among a litany of players to attend Kansas State’s pro day on March 4 where they got to see Schoen impress with forty time ranging between 4.44 and 4.48. It was also reported that Schoen jumped 35 inches in the vertical and had 15 reps on the bench press.
Schone is a well-built receiver who shows physicality at the catch-point and rarely allows the ball into his chest. He plucks the ball out of the sky to limit any chance for a blunder. Kansas State is a run-heavy team so his numbers from his senior season were actually all tops among receivers for the entire year. Schoen made most of his money on deep crossing routes where he’s able to manipulate defenders and take advantage of holes in zone coverage. He finished his career with a yards per reception average of 17.1 which shows you his ability to get behind the defense and create yards after the catch.
He is joined by former Idaho receiver Jeff Cotton as the only two undrafted receivers to be signed by the team. Like Geremy Davis and Andre Patton, the Bolts like their undrafted wideouts on the larger size in order to aid in run blocking.
He’s certainly got the deck stacked against him with a crowded receiver room, but the Chargers don’t mind stashing young receivers for a later date. However, I think the Chargers only keep one receiver between Schoen and Cotton. I think those two will be having their own little battle for a paycheck come training camp.