Another linebacker playing on the same team as the much heralded Aaron Curry, Arnoux hasn't generated nearly as much buzz as his teammate. An English major at Wake, Arnoux's appearance on the dean's list illustrates one of the priorities the Patriots place on their players - intelligence.
The 6-foot-1, 232-pound inside backer had a solid showing in front of scouts at Wake's Pro Day where all 32 teams showed up. He turned in a solid 31-inch vertical jump, a 4.37 short shuttle and 7.02 three-cone drill according to NFL.com. He showed his strength by putting up 20 reps on the bench press.
It was Arnoux's showing at the combine, which helped boost his stock. He ran a 4.59 40 better than highly touted USC linebackers Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing. He also managed to clear 10-feet-1-inch in the long jump, better than any inside linebacker (http://nwe.scout.com/a.z?s=121&p=2&c=851557) and tied for 3rd among all linebackers behind his teammate Curry's 10-foot-4 performance.
Arnoux played in 13 games for the Demon Deacons last year netting 47 total tackles, 8 for a loss and one sack. He also reeled in an interception against Virginia, the fourth pick of his career.
While Arnoux played in the shadow of Curry, he was still a starter in Wake's often heralded defense. The Wake defense was first in the ACC for turnover margin, third for scoring defense and passing efficiency. A lot of the success came from the linebackers.
New England has already taken a closer look at Arnoux's teammates safety Chip Vaughn and cornerback Alphonso Smith who are projected to be first or second round picks along with Curry. Arnoux is projected to be a late round pick, but could become a valuable contributor on special teams, a need New England has as they try to fill the shoes of Larry Izzo and Junior Seau.
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