Cardinals Pack Deck With Harrington

The Cardinals draft strategy clearly emphasized bringing in DE/OLB prospects to help complete their transition to the 3-4 defense. After selecting two defensive ends in the previous five rounds, GM Rod Graves pulled the trigger on another multitalented defender. DE Chris Harrington from Texas A&M is the latest addition to the Cardinals 2008 draft class.

The Cardinals have stock pilled depth at the defensive end position in this year's draft. Chris Harrington will compete for playing time with fellow 2008 draftees Calais Campbell (Miami) and Ken Iwebema (Iowa).

Harrington is a relentless pass-rusher who could immediately contribute as a situational player next season. Additionally, he could be utilized on special teams while coach Ron Aiken develops his skill-set along the defensive line.

Harrington boasts excellent size (6'5", 268 pounds) and is versatile enough to play defensive end or linebacker. He features a non-stop motor and an outstanding work ethic.

Harrington is an instinctual player and exhibits a tremendous football IQ. In addition, he's extremely durable and tough. In 2006, he played nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Harrington was a three-year starter and an All-Big 12 performer for the Aggies. He played in 48 career games, including 35 starts from 2005-2007. He finished his four-year tenure with 156 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks.

A Scout's Perspective

Tom Marino is a former pro scout with more than 30 years of experience in the league. Here is what he thinks of Harrington:

"A little bit of a tweener. Is a good worker who played with a good deal of energy. As an outside pass rusher came off the ball (good stride length), but lacked the bend at the top of the rush (far more effective as a junior). Vs the run, was not a stout physical player. Was marginal to get off block and make plays. Has some athletic ability and quickness, but is more of a back up player at the next level. Round 5-6 draft potential."


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