Chat with Larry English
English finished his career with 31.5 sacks, leading the team each season for the last three years. He also led the Huskies in tackles for loss, while starting every game over those three seasons. Scouts Inc. ranks English as the 27th best player in the draft. Mel Kiper Jr. has him as the 20th best prospect.
According to English's Scouts Inc.'s draft profile, he is "relentless and does an excellent job of looking to knock the ball loose when closing from the quarterback's blindside. Shows an effective rip move and does a good job of working half the man effectively 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."
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Buzzmaster (4:29 PM)
Send in your questions for Larry English!
Larry English (4:31 PM)
What's up everyone? Larry English here.
What was the dumbest question you were asked during the draft process?
Larry English (4:31 PM)
I was asked how many times a week I smoke dope.
What will you miss most about playing football at the Northern Illinois University?
Larry English (4:32 PM)
Really just the relationships I built with people there. I am leaving a brotherhood, leaving the team. So I will miss the camaraderie of the team the most.
Were you happy with your performance at the combine?
Larry English (4:33 PM)
No I was not. I thought as position work I did well, but I wanted to run a better 40, so I went back and did more training and ran a better time at my pro day.
What made you choose Northern Illinois University?
Larry English (4:36 PM)
Coming out of high school I did not have many big time offers. Many MAC schools made offers and the University of Iowa and NIU recruited me. I wanted to go to Iowa at first, because at the time the program was really doing well, but they never gave me an offer, and NIU made me feel very comfortable and my family could come see me play. It really worked out well for me and looking back on it I think I made the right decision.
tom nj [via mobile]
Hello Larry, do you see yourself as a defensive end or an outside linebacker in the pros?
Larry English (4:37 PM)
Honestly, I feel I have the ability to play either one. I am comfortable playing DE, where I have been the last few years. But I also played LB before college. So really it is up to the team that picks me and the scheme they run. I am open to either one. I will get more clarity on that in the coming weeks.
What was the combine like?
Larry English (4:39 PM)
It was a different experience. Overall it's a good experience, because it prepares you for the NFL in how much is demanded of you. They keep you up until 11 p.m. asking questions and get you up at 5 a.m. I think it is more of a mental and psychological test for players, with all the medical prodding and interviews. So I think the combine is really a mental test for players.
A lot of mock drafts have you going to the Patriots at 23, do you think you and Mayo could do a lot of damage?
Larry English (4:41 PM)
I'd be happy to go there. I think we could do some great things, two young, good players. From what I hear of him, I think we are very much alike in that he is a very focused guy and football is very important to him. So yes, I think we could be a good mix if things work out that way.
Vicki (New Jersey)
Have you talked to any current NFL players about what to expect in the NFL?
Larry English (4:43 PM)
Yes, I actually spoke to many guys, especially during this process at training facilities. You are around a lot of players, who are training with you for camps while you are training for pro days. And most give you good advice. One guy I do talk to regularly, Garrett Wolf, a guy I played with. He is an intense player and a very mature guy. He was a second year guy this year, so when I had questions I would usually go to him first, because I had a comfort level there.
Larry, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Larry English (4:44 PM)
You know what, I am not a superstitious guy. To be honest there is nothing that comes to mind in terms of doing things before the game. I get dressed, get ready, listen to some music , get my head right and that's about it.
So what type of music do you listen to before a game?
Larry English (4:45 PM)
Before a game I usually have mostly of Jay-Z on my playlist, who is my favorite musical artist; and a little bit of T.I.
Larry English (4:48 PM)
Thank you very much for chatting with me today. I had fun.
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