Cardinals Draft Analysis: LB Chris Harrington

Arizona Cardinals coaches added more depth to their defense by drafting Texas A&M product Chris Harrington in the sixth round of the draft. Harrington will move from defensive end to linebacker in hopes of generating more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. AZRedReport.com's Samantha Fillerup reports on what he'll bring to the field.

Who He Is

Chris Harrington (6'5", 264 pounds) played defensive end for Texas A&M. In 2007, he recorded 58 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks. His career numbers are more indicative of his play: 156 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.

What To Like

Harrington has good muscle build and plays until the whistle. He constantly plays with a high motor, has adequate build-up speed and uses his hands to gain separation. He sees blocking schemes well and sheds blocks to generate pocket pressure. He has great instincts and his success stems more from desire than technique.

What Not To Like

He lacks an array of pass-rush moves and is an average athlete. His initial quickness and agility are also decent but not great. While he has good hands, he needs to keep them up to deflect passes. He tends to lean on his blockers, which forces him to narrow his base.

Who Else Was Available

The Cardinals chose Harrington in the sixth round of the draft despite tempting choices at different positions. Quarterback Colt Brennan was drafted by the Washington Redskins, outside linebacker Bo Rudd went to the New England Patriots and tight end Tom Santi was taken by the Indianapolis Colts.

Looking Forward

Harrington is not the best pass-rusher out there, but he possesses one trait that cannot be taught: desire. He uses his instincts to put himself in situations to promote success. He has the makings of a good linebacker and Cardinals fans will look for the impact he makes on special teams.


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