After struggling to find himself in the defensive lineup the first three years of his career, South Carolina's Darius English had quite the senior season in 2016. The Georgia native registered a team-leading nine sacks last year to go with 57 tackles, 13 of which were for loss. The nine sacks were more than English had in his first three years combined, and he was named to the All-SEC second team after the year.
English excelled under first-year head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, and he's hoping his outstanding season will pay off when the NFL Draft rolls around.
English already suffered one disappointment when he was left out of the NFL Combine in February. However, he received a chance to work out in front of scouts at South Carolina's Pro Day on Tuesday, March 14.
"I was kind of disappointed that I didn't get invited, but I still got to show my talents here in front of scouts and home," English said.
English did receive an invite to the East-West Shrine game, where he attracted a lot of attention from several NFL teams. Whether he gets drafted or not remains up in the air, but English hopes his Pro Day workout helped. It started with a lot of nerves, but that didn't last long.
"Once I got in the weight room and saw all the guys, it was like being back home again," English said.
A couple of the negatives on English coming out of South Carolina was his weight and strength. He was never really able to grow into his lean and long frame, but he did a great job of putting on weight during the offseason. He weighed in at 248 for the Pro Day.
"I wish he weighed 248 when he played for us," Muschamp said.
English also hoped he alleviated the strength concerns with 19 bench press reps of 225 pounds.
This year's NFL Draft will be held on April 27 in Philadelphia.
**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Allen Sharpe**