Cardinals Draft Analysis: DE Calais Campbell

With everyone expecting a running back, the Cardinals pulled a wildcard and went with a defensive end in round two. AZRedReport.com's Samantha Fillerup explains the method behind the madness. Here is her in-depth scouting report on Campbell, who will be expected to make an immediate impact in the defensive rotation.

Who He Is

Calais Campbell (6'7", 290 pounds) played defensive end at the University of Miami. In 2007, he racked up 50 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. His production was a bit disappointing on the heels of a standout 2006 campaign in which he tallied 84 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks.

What To Like

Campbell is a good athlete with outstanding size. He has good wrap-up technique and is a reliable tackler. He is not only durable, but productive and relentless. His 5.04 time in the 40 is not indicative of his play, which is faster than his timed speed. He is terrific versus the run and hustles in pursuit.

What Not To Like

He could use more lower body strength and lacks the closing speed. He tends to play high, which gives him poor leverage. He can duped with pumps and fakes and needs to improve his anchor to combat double-teams. As the game wears on, he will over-pursue as his frustration grows.

Who Else Was Available

The Cardinals had a number of choices at defensive end, but saw what they were looking for in Campbell. Among those available were Ervin Baldwin (Chicago Bears), Landon Cohen (Detroit Lions), Chris Ellis (Buffalo Bills) and Quentin Groves (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Looking Forward

In choosing Campbell, Cardinals coaches added a tremendous size advantage to their defensive line. He will fight for playing time behind starters Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith.

Campbell's size, experience and determination are just a few attributes that will prove him an asset to the Cardinals defense. While he best suited to play on the edge, he is a threat to make an impact from anywhere on the line.


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