Cardinals Meet With Quick Off the Snap DE

The Arizona Cardinals are evaluating defensive ends to replace the possible departures of free agents Antonio Smith and Bertrand Berry, as well as supplement last year's rookie class. The Cardinals spent some time with a defensive lineman at the Senior Bowl. He could be the Cardinals' answer.

The Arizona Cardinals met with Illinois defensive lineman William Davis at the Senior Bowl. The Cardinals are interested in Davis for many reasons.

Davis could develop nicely through the Cardinals' organization, but will come in with quickness that can't be taught.

His speed allows him to get after the quarterback and get off the edge with ease. Davis focuses on beating his opponent in every facet of the game.

Edge rushers are his favorite pro players to look up to.

"I try to use every move I can to beat my man," Davis said. "Whatever his weakness is and whatever move that's going to beat him is what I work on, so I feel like I have many pass rushing moves that I use and do very well. Basically I'll compare myself to a lot of guys."

Davis isn't worried about his four month NFL tryout that includes the Senior Bowl, Combine and other intense job interviews. He's excited to show teams what he can do.

The hype doesn't make him flustered. Football comes naturally to him.

"It's all about football and watching the guy you are going to be up against," Davis said.

But Davis did soak in all the Senior Bowl had to offer.

"You learn about the NFL," Davis said about playing under NFL coaches at the Senior Bowl. "You learn how their practices go, exactly what they teach and they were even telling us that sometimes the team that is actually coaching you can draft you. And they'll see how you fit in their scheme. You can end up being drafted by them and get your foot in the door."

The Cardinals weren't coaching at the Senior Bowl, but an interview got his foot in the door for the Cardinals. Arizona watched Davis' speed, although he will have to work on his upper-body strength.


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