The Arizona Cardinals aren’t done doing their due diligence on a talented defensive line class.
Per Justin Melo of DraftWire, the Arizona Cardinals, along with the Dallas Cowboys have met with Daniel Wise, a defensive lineman out of the University of Kansas.
If the name sounds familiar to you don’t be crazy. Wise comes from NFL lineage, as his brother is currently a New England Patriot, and his father was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1988.
During his four-year college career, Wise proved to be productive for the Kansas Jayhawks. Per Pro Football Focus, he had 1,310 pass-rush snaps and 1,339 run-stopping snaps. He tallied a total of 127 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, 88 hurries, and 98 run-stops. He also finished the 2018 season with a PFF grade of 79.2.
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Despite his productivity, Wise projects to be a day three pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, which is stacked top to bottom in defensive line talent.
At 6-3, 281-pounds, Wise has a solid frame, but his combine performance took a hit on his draft stock. He finished the event recording a 5.28 second 40-yard-dash, 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press, 27.5-inch vertical jump, 112-inch broad jump, and 7.53-second three-cone-drill.
Lance Zuerlin, one of the NFL Media’s scouts, projects him as a seventh-round to undrafted priority free agent. Here is what he had to say about him;
"Athletic, gap-seeking 3-technique who plays with a disruptive mindset. Wise plays with a low pad level and loose upper body that he uses to slither around blockers and into the backfield, but he can be underwhelming when taking on power. He is a busy-body pass rusher with the ability to find the edge early and then create his rush counters with footwork and agility. He’s not always aesthetically pleasing due to inconsistent body control, but the work gets done."
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