English earned his first-round billing with a dominating college career in which he averaged more than 50 tackles and 10 sacks per season during his final three years at Northern Illinois. Nonetheless, it was surprising to see him selected by San Diego when players like OT Michael Oher and LB Rey Maualuga were still on the board.
What does English think about how the first round played out? He gives his take to SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup.
|LB Larry English |
N. Illinois Athletics
Larry English: It was a stressful day. I went out to my school's spring game and had a little ceremony afterward, presenting some bowl rings and stuff like that. My mother's house is only about 30 minutes from Northern Illinois, so by the time I got back to my house where we were, we had family there for the draft and it was already at pick No. 8. I came in, said hi to family, got some food, and at that point it was already at pick No. 14. Not too long after that, I got the call. It was exciting.
SF: Did you have any inclination the Chargers would pick you at No. 16?
LE: No, you know what, I didn't. I talked with them at the Senior Bowl and had a good meeting at the Combine, but they didn't come in to work me out and they also didn't bring me in for a visit. I didn't realize that they were going to do that.
SF: What do you know about Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips?
LE: I have watched a lot of tape of those guys and watched them play a lot of football. They were really two players that I watched and looked to. They were in that group of guys that I would go to, to try and take parts of their game and mold into my own. So I did know a lot about those two players.
SF: Now that you're on the same team, what do you feel you can learn from them?
LE: Really, they are both veteran guys that get a lot of blocks. There are a lot of things that I can learn from them, learning basic things on and off the field to be a good pro.
SF: How will it be going from practicing against the Northern Illinois offense to working against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL?
LE: It's going to be exciting. It's going to be a challenge. I think that it's going to be good for me in developing my game.
SF: San Diego has a lot of stars. Who are you most excited to play with?
LE: I would say the two Shawns because those are guys that I can learn a lot from.