NFL Draft Snapshot: DE Larry Birdine

Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine has drawn some interest from some top teams in the league. Find out more about him in this NFL Draft Snapshot feature!

Larry Birdine
DE, Oklahoma

Numbers: 6'3, 260 pounds

2006 Stats: 39 tackles (17 solo), 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 5 QB hurries, 2 passes broken up in 14 games

Career Stats: 103 tackles (73 solo), 29 TFL, 14.5 sacks, 1 INT, 10 passes broken up in 41 games

Larry Birdine tackles Oregon's Dennis Dixon (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
The Buzz: "Explosive off the snap, outstanding in pursuit and makes plays in all directions of the field." -- TFY Draft Preview ... "the team's most free spirit.  He smiled through wind sprints and sang during drills" -- Guerin Emig (World Sports writer) ... "'Bird' saw what it was like to not have football in his life, and he's really taking advantage of it now." -- Oklahoma defensive ends coach Chris Wilson.

Noteworthy: All-Big 12 first team 2006 ... Suffered a torn left biceps muscle in a preseason drill and missed all of the regular season ... Finished 2nd in tackles on the team in 2004, despite splitting time in a three-man rotation at DE ... Led team in sacks in 2004 ... Half-brother of former Steelers and Jaguars linebacker, Jason Gildon, and cousin of Jammal Brown of the New Orleans Saints.

He said it to
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"I played most of my career with my hand down. But I think that I am athletic enough, and given the opportunity, I think I could play a little stand up, outside linebacker in a 3-4."

"My motor is constantly running. No one is safe on the field when I am out there as far as the offense goes."

"I just want to point out that I am a team guy.  Team is everything."

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