How DE Ed Stinson Fits in with the Arizona Cardinals

Shaun ChurchContributor IMay 10, 2014

Alabama defensive lineman Ed Stinson (49) works against LSU during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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With the 160th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected defensive end Ed Stinson out of Alabama. Another nice run-stopping piece for the defensive line, he represents depth for Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell in 2014.

Ed Stinson is a 3-4 guy who sounds like he rush the passer inside and outside. Has speed to chase QBs. Hard hitter. Plays hard.

— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) May 10, 2014

Stinson being able to chase down quarterbacks might be a stretch, as that’s not his game, but he is a solid run defender who could earn a rotational role as a rookie behind all three starters—Dockett, Campbell and nose tackle Dan Williams, while Alameda Ta’amu recovers from knee surgery.

There is a connection between two of Arizona’s draft picks. Stinson and third-round pick John Brown grew up together in Homestead, Florida.

.@AZCardinals 5th rd pick Ed Stinson & 3rd rd WR John Brown not only both from Homestead, FL but played youth football together

— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) May 10, 2014

According to Stinson, Brown was the "slowest kid on the block" growing up.

— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) May 10, 2014

That is where the connection ends, however. Brown is the speedy slot receiver who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine, per NFL.com; Stinson is the big, run-stuffing defensive end who chugged his way to a 4.98 dash at his pro day, per NFL Draft Scout. He was a three-year starter at Alabama, which says something about the player he is.

The Crimson Tide have had one of the best defenses in college football for the better part of half a decade and continually churn out NFL talent of late.

Ed Stinson is the 16th Alabama defensive player from the 2011 BCS Championship game vs. LSU to be drafted by the NFL.

— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) May 10, 2014

That does not mean he will be a success, though. In fact, most former Crimson Tide defenders of late struggle to make it in the NFL. There are role players and rotation guys but no stars.

It will be interesting to watch the development of Stinson. In four years at Bama, he recorded 104 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Again, he’s not a pass-rusher, although he may get the occasional “coverage sack,” where the secondary locks down the receivers long enough for the pass rush to get to the quarterback.

What are the Cardinals getting in Stinson, exactly? He’s a high-motor run defender who will work from the first play of the game to the last play. He will take advantage of every opportunity he earns, which is just the type of player Dockett is.

Seems like a solid replacement for Dockett down the road, doesn’t he?