Prior to the 2007 NFL Draft, a number of teams were asking former Purdue
defensive end Anthony Spencer about the possibility of playing linebacker in a
3-4 defense. But it was clear that he preferred to continue to work his
magic by harassing quarterbacks from the defensive end position at the pro
"I'm pretty comfortable with my hand in the dirt," he told the
media assembled at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year. "But if they
want me to do it, I'm up for anything. I'm just ready for a chance."
Spencer was picked up in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys during the
draft. And they'll likely count on him to make the adjustment to outside
linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, competing with Greg Ellis and Bobby Carpenter
unless the team opts to move Carpenter inside. But don't expect the forced move
away from the defensive end position to sour Spencer in the least.
"I'm a pretty happy-go-lucky guy, I have a positive attitude most of the
time," he said.
Scout.com subscribers can find out more about Anthony Spencer's success in
forcing fumbles, what helped him rev-up his game during his senior year and more
in this 3-minute audio clip from our Scout.com team that was on site at the
Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Just click the link below:
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