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Acho Grande, Part II

Posted by Darren Urban on February 25, 2012 – 1:50 pm

Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho sounded about as confident as a player can here at the Scouting combine. He has an ‘in’ that he believes that will benefit him big-time — his older brother Sam, emerging Cardinals linebacker.

“He’s told me everything,” Emmanuel said. “I got the answers for the test before I have to take it. He’s told me everything I need to know. Yes sir.”

The junior Acho is a shade over 6-foot-1 and 238 pounds, smaller than his brother (6-3, 257). Sam Acho, the Cards’ fourth-round pick in 2011, ended up finishing strong and had seven sacks as a rookie, the second-most by a rookie in Cards’ history to Simeon Rice’s 12.5 in 1996. This year’s version of rookie Acho is more of a inside linebacker, but he said he thinks he can repeat his brother’s fast start to his career.

“I can make the same if not a bigger impact, because of him,” Emmanuel said. “Because of how he has educated me, it won’t be a hard transition for me, not only because of how I carry myself, not only because of my intelligence, but because I have a guy who has done it 365 days ahead of me, every step, whether it’s an interview, a 40-yard dash, or minicamp.”

He has been working out at the facility of trainer Brett Fischer — who also works for the Cardinals — in Arizona. Emmanuel spent some time with Sam for “about a month” before Sam left and Emmanuel concentrated on prepping for the draft, living not in his brother’s place but at a resort near Fischer’s facility. He is expected to be, like his brother, a pick later on in the draft. The thought of joining his brother in Arizona isn’t something Emmanuel has considered much but he admitted it would be “awesome.”

“I played with him in high school, played with him in college,” Emmanuel said. “To play with him on the next level would be a great experience. But at the same time, he’s told me, ‘Don’t worry about where you get drafted, worry that you go to the right team.’ I saw that first hand with him, how that worked out.”


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