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Arizona Cardinals Potential Draft Pick: Lawrence Sidbury

Lawrence Sidbury Jr. (DE/OLB), Richmond

6'2", 265

Combine Results Lawrence_sidbury2_medium

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.53
  • 20 Yard Split: 2.63
  • 10 Yard Split: 1.53
  • Bench Press: 28
  • Vertical Jump: 35
  • Broad Jump: 10'0"
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.43
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.46

Positives: Sidbury's a natural athlete with good timed speed and above average quickness and agility in tight places. He became a true force off the edge at Richmond and is strong enough to be an effective bull rusher while also having the quickness to employ a very effective spin move. He's also stout against the run and his long arms and big hands help him fight off blocks from larger offensive tackles. He's greatly improved over the past couple of seasons and his non-stop motor has helped him became a team leader as a senior.

Negatives: Sidbury isn't as tall as some prefer, although other scouts actually argue that it helps him get under the pads of offensive lineman, but he will have to continue to work to improve his strength at the point of attack. He doesn't play up to him timed speed and he isn't really a punishing tackler considering his size. His repetoire of pass rush moves isn't complete and he'll have to learn how to play with his hand off the ground. A lack of experience in coverage and the level of competition is also a concern.

Overall: Sidbury was barely even a NFL prospect before his senior season but his breakthrough year (20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks) combined with Tim Hightower's success as a rookie brought a tremendous crowd to Richmond's pro day. Sidbury saved his best for last too with four sacks in the FCS National Championship Game. He's got the athletic ability to become a player in this league but he'll have to continue to work hard to develop his overall game and overcome the 'workout warrior' tag that some have labeled him.

Projected Round: Late 2nd to Mid 3rd

Why the Cardinals should draft him: If he's on the board at 63, he'll most likely be the best OLB prospect available and he's actually Tim Hightower's former roommate. Sidbury is also the kind of pass rush specialist who could provide an immediate boost in passing situations while also contributing on special teams. It'll likely be a year or two before he fully transitions to a stand-up OLB but he's got the athleticism and his size would make him unique.

Some Highlights and Analysis:

Highlights of the National Championship Game: