Cards' Don't Appear Interested in Popular DE

The Cardinals paid attention to a pass rushing DE/LB who is best suited for the 3-4. As defensive coordinator Bill Davis employs a more traditional 3-4, the Cardinals could find this hybrid player to their liking. They've met with him once, but didn't attend his Pro Day. Find out who he is and why the Cardinals changed their mind.

Larry English (6'2", 274) compiled 31.5 career sacks in his time at Northern Illinois. English's showcase at the Senior Bowl and his improving numbers from the combine to his Pro Day make him a viable candidate for a first or second round selection.

But the Cardinals don't appear interested anymore. Scout.com's Ed Thompson tells AZRedReport.com that the Cardinals spent one of their formal meetings on English at the Combine. But further snooping reveals Arizona scouts did not attend his Pro Day.

The Cardinals might feel as if he is out of their reach. It's possible that English wouldn't be the best available player on the board when the Cardinals are on the clock at No. 31, but he will likely be gone by the time their second pick rolls around.

It's a shame. English nabbed Mid-American Conference Player of the Year two years running and is a smart player who could help eliminate mistakes, while doing his job with the best of them.

Did we mention English would be great in the 3-4?

"With the size and the athletic ability that I have I would play well in that scheme," English said. "At the same time there are a number of 4-3 teams that like ends my size too. That's why I think I have a good opportunity."


Larry English
(NIU)

This year's draft features many hybrid DE/LB's, English believes he helps set the curve.

"There are a lot of good players in this draft; I feel I'm among the top. With my motor and athletic ability and my desire to learn and become better I put myself right up there at the top."

English is comfortable with both his hand in the dirt or the two-point stance. His hand has been in the ground more over the years, but he feels natural in a two-point stance as well.

English heads into the draft with the attitude that he has a lot to learn, he wants to get better.

"Even guys that are in the league five or six years, they'll tell you there are still things they want to learn, and I'm like that. It's all about how you approach it."

English is a marked man. He's the guy to stop.

"It's challenging, especially when you get double teams and you get chips and stuff like that. But it's about desire and finding a way to get there. Rushing the passer, that's what it's really all about – finding a way to get there. With repletion you get used to things like that and you find your niche."

English is a natural competitor. He's always wanted to be the best. He makes plays and wins.

"I think those are some of the intangibles that are important in a good football player. You have to be a gentleman off the field and I try to do that."

Here's how Scout.com's resident draft expert Chris Steuber grades English:

"English is a relentless defender who plays with a non-stop motor. He's a tweener who has the talent to be a special DE, but lacks the size. He flashes a quick first step, good strength off the edge and blinding closing speed that abruptly hits the quarterback. He moves well in space, showing good awareness and tackling ability. He has strong hands and is able to defend against the pass."


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