Todd McShay has said that he is playing very well and is making a push to be a first day player. He goes to NIU. He is in the Senior Bowl
here is his scouting report
|Overall Football Traits|
|Production||1||2004: English appeared in the first game had an injury and missed the rest of the year. 2005: He started nine of the 11 games he appeared in finishing with 57 total tackles, 21 unassisted tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery. 2006: English started all 13 games finishing with 51 total tackles, 32 unassisted tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 2007: He started all 12 games finishing with 67 total tackles, 29 unassisted tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss, 10.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Very good production, would be used as a rushing 3-4 outside backer for the niners. During the senior bowl workouts he has shown the ability to turn and cover which makes him an ideal target for us.|
English has good size for a rush outside linebacker and the closing speed to apply pressure coming off the edge when lined up at end. His top-end speed is below average for an outside linebacker and he doesn't have great bulk for a defensive end.
Not an issue for a 3-4
|Durability||4||Sustained an unknown season-ending injury in the first game of the 2004 season. Sustained a serious knee injury during the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl|
|Defensive End specific Traits|
|Agility/Quickness||2||Has an explosive first step and excels at disrupting plays in the backfield. Shows above-average lateral mobility and can redirect inside after starting outside.|
|Strength/Toughness||2||Has a mean streak and can deliver big hits. Shows adequate but not elite lower body strength|
|Instincts||2||Locates the ball quickly and generally gets in good position to make a play. Recognizes bootlegs and does a good job of staying home. This is a very good sign as an 3-4 backer needs to set the edge and stay home in bootlegs or the play could be lost|
Relentless and does an excellent job of looking to knock the ball loose when closing from the quarterback's blindside. Shows an effective rip moves and does a good job of working half the man making it difficult for offensive tackles to lock onto his frame. Gets under blockers' pads and flashes the ability to drive offensive tackles into the lap of the quarterback when they try to take away the edge by backpedaling.
Exactly what we need.
|Run Stopper||3||Can get engulfed but has active hands and flashes the ability to shed blockers in time to make a play on the ball. Works from the snap until the whistle, takes adequate angles to the ball and can make plays in pursuit|
|1 = Exceptional||2 = Above average||3 = Average||4 = Below average||5 = Marginal|
Of course if we end up getting Suggs then we probably won't end up targeting him. But its always fun to talk about draft targets