John Sahly, of Huskie Wire is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of fifteen teams on hand to watch NIU’s DE Larry English go through position drills. English stood by his combine numbers, but did participate in the forty yard dash and drills at both linebacker and defensive end. According to scouts in attendance he ran between 4.62 – 4.76. According to English he improved on everything and even stated he scored a 34 on the wonderlic.
While some say he doesn’t have the size to hold up as a DE in the pro’s, he has seen very limited action as an OLB while in college. Even after bursting onto the scenes in 2006 when he posted 11.5 sacks & 15 tackles for loss, teams failed to neutralize him in 2007 even with double teaming him as he registered 10.5 sacks & 17 tackles for loss. As a senior with every offensive coordinator in the country game planing against him his numbers fell off somewhat but still managed to post 8 sacks & 13.5 tackles for loss.
He plays with a mean streak and is use to playing with his hand in the dirt. English is the ideal fit for Jim Bates, as he can set the edge and has a great short area burst, not to mention he is a very fierce competitor something the team is looking for this season.
This fanatic would not be surprised one bit to hear his named called when Roger Goodell is handed the card from a Buccaneers representative on April 25 in New York.
In other draft related news. Rick Stroud, of the St. Pete Times is reporting the Buccaneers have scheduled private workouts with the following players.
Notre Dame linebacker Maurice Crum, Jr., Florida receivers Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy, Maryland receiver Darius Heyward-Bey and South Florida receiver Taurus Johnson, Hampton defensive tackle Chris Baker, Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, Temple defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams.