When asked what he had to prove the most for the combine, Sharpton responded with this comment.
"My speed. I'm pretty sure everyone knows how physical I am. I need to show my speed and my ability to read offenses and make plays…I am going to try to run the best 40 I can and show everybody how fast I am. That's going to be one of my focuses along with all the other drills, along with my hips and getting back in coverage."
An aspect of Senior Bowl week that always interests players is the chance to test their skills against an entirely new level of competition. The amount of talent on the field increases dramatically as the best players from every major conference converge on Mobile, Alabama. Sharpton definitely has his favorites when it comes to opponents.
Is there anyone on the offensive side of the ball you are excited to practice against?
Sharpton may also have incentive to sign with the Cardinals, that being an opportunity to reunite with "Top Three" friend Calais Campbell. Both players roamed the defensive side of the ball at the University of Miami for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Scout.com asked Sharpton about his friendship with Campbell.
"Calais is one of my top three friends. I talk to Calais probably twice a week. He's passionate about the game. Football is his life. He's a great player. His physical gifts allow him to do a lot of things. He's tall; he's strong; he has range. He can just power off the ball and sack quarterbacks. He's made a lot of plays like that with me and I'm watching him on Sundays now making the same kind of plays."
How would you feel about reuniting with him in Arizona?
"That would be great. I'm as open as a sprung bear-trap."
Sharpton has met with a quite a few NFL teams, but has yet to meet with the Cardinals. At this point, he is just taking a "wait and see" approach as the NFL draft inches closer and closer. With Karlos Dansby in limbo, Berry retired, and Chike Okeafor getting a bit older every day, the Cardinals may not have that luxury.
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