Dansby Surprised, Excited About Being a Cardinal

Comments from Auburn linebacker Karlos Dansby are featured on his selection in the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Auburn, Ala.--When Karlos Dansby received a phone call on Saturday afternoon from the Arizona Cardinals, the Auburn All-American linebacker admits he was quite surprised.

Coach Dennis Green's team made Dansby their second overall selection in the NFL draft and the first overall pick in the second round of the draft.

"I had no idea the Cardinals were looking at me," Dansby says. "I didn't even know they needed a linebacker, but once I got that call I was ready to be a Cardinal."

Dansby, who earned first team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and AP as a senior, earned first team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association. The former Woodlawn High star started every game his junior and senior seasons.

"It is a blessing and I am honored to get a chance to play for Dennis Green," Dansby says. "They have a lot of talent down there. They just picked up Larry Fitzgerald earlier and they already had Anquan Bolden. There is a lot of talent down there in Phoenix so I am just ready to go down there and add on."

Dansby celebrates an Auburn victory.

Dansby, who was projected to go in either the first or second round, says he has already gotten over not being selected in the first round. "This is how it is sometimes," he notes. "A lot of people get traded, a lot of people trade up, a lot of people trade down. This year was probably the longest first round of the draft ever. It wasn't a shock to me that I didn't go in the first round. I had an opportunity to go in the first round, but I was blessed to go with the first pick in the second round. I am just going to take my opportunity and try to run with it."

Arizona's head coach says he is excited about having Dansby on his team. The linebacker is scheduled to report to Phoenix on Thursday and participate in a mini-camp that will run Friday through Sunday.

"We like players who play smart, play physical and have a great passion for the game of football," Green says. "That is what we think we have got in Karlos Dansby. You watch him play he loves the game, he's a physical player."

Dansby says he is familiar with Green as a head coach. "Just watching football and just knowing about football and respecting the game you have got to respect Dennis Green," the Auburn senior says.

Last fall, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He led the Tigers in tackles last season with 84, including 50 solos and 14 tackles for losses. He was credited with 5 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and he broke up six passes. He did not have an interception last season, but finished with eight for his collegiate career.

Dansby's fellow linebacker, Dontarrious Thomas, was the second Tiger to be drafted. Thomas was picked by the Minnesota Vikings 15 spots after Dansby as the 16th pick of the second round and 48th overall selection.

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