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Arizona Cardinals Hope Ed Stinson Can Bolster Defensive Line in 2014

August 23rd, 2014 at 6:49 AM
By Steve Smith

Now that Darnell Dockett is lost for the season with a torn ACL, the Arizona Cardinals will need help along the defensive line from rookie Ed Stinson.

The Red Birds drafted Stinson from the University of Alabama in the fifth round (160th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in May.

Stinson is 6-foot-3 and weighs 287 pounds. He should add some quality depth along the Red Birds' defensive line and is less than a week away from participating in his first NFL training camp.

Let's take a look at his updated scouting profile via the good folks at

STRENGTHS: Rookie Ed Stinson possesses an ideal frame for the defensive line with broad shoulders, long (32 3/4") arms, a trim middle and a thick lower half, including wide hips and a big bubble. Powerful. Tough to move at the point of attack. Locks out would-be blockers with good arm extension and impressive strength. Very effective bull-rusher, capable of simply pushing opponents into the backfield. Reads run quickly and slides well laterally, slipping blocks to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well against quick athletes and possesses the long arms and strength to rip them to the ground. Played special teams for the Tide, including as a blocker on field goals. Versatile.

WEAKNESSES: Stinson will be viewed by some as a bit of a 'tweener. Looks like a DE but plays like a DT. Looks more athletic than he is… Consistently among the last players off the snap and while he shows agility and some burst when in pursuit, does not play fast and offers little in terms of a pass rush other than his bull rush. Does not get his arms up often enough to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Part of a rotation and was subbed frequently against up-temp offenses. Pulled out of the Senior Bowl with a groin injury.

COMPARES TO: Tyson Alualu, Jacksonville Jaguars – Stinson doesn't possess the round frame of most NFL defensive linemen, appearing more like a pass rusher due to his long limbs and trim middle than the run-stuffing role his physicality and strength make him best suited. His ability to control in a phone booth and potentially work out well could earn him a nice buzz heading into the draft but his four seasons starting against top-notch competition shows best what he does (and doesn't) do well, just as it has for Alualu, a 6-3, 295 defensive end for the Jaguars.


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