If you’re looking for a star, Ed Stinson likely isn’t the guy you’re looking for, however, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a talented player. Stinson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and in him, the Arizona Cardinals are getting a very solid, if unspectacular player with starting potential as a five technique.
The things that really jumps out about Stinson are his strength, length and physicality. He’s the type of player that goes full-strength on every single play, and he’s not hesitant to make a big hit. He’s not an amazing pass-rusher, but he’s adequate, and his run-stuffing ability is outstanding.
Let’s not forget, Stinson has the look of a prototypical NFL five-tech at 6-foot-3, 287 pounds. With very long arms and a solid base, Stinson looks like an NFL player. It also doesn’t hurt that he comes into the league with plenty of experience, and was a key cog in a stellar Alabama defensive line.
In 2014, Stinson is likely looking at a back-up role behind established veterans Darnell Dockett and Frostee Rucker. That said, with his all-out style, and tremendous work ethic, Stinson could end up impressing coaches and finding a spot in Arizona’s defensive line rotation. If that were to happen, Stinson would likely make a good impact in the team’s run defense, and it’s good that he has Dockett and Rucker to learn from.
Overall, Stinson is the type of guy that will be in the NFL for a long time and will likely be a solid player throughout his career. Stinson is never going to be an elite player, or someone that team’s clamor for, but he is a guy that will become a leader in the locker room and be a solid producer for a defense.