Early begins career in NFL

“Too much talent to ignore.”

That’s how Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt described the team’s third round pick of St. Martinville’s Early Doucet.

“I’m going to take it and run with it.”

That’s how the perpetually positive Doucet shrugged off the disappointment in not falling in the first round, where a lot of the sports-talking heads on TV would have had him but for some nagging injuries and perhaps a lagging two-tenths of a second in the 40-yard dash.

“I wanted to run faster, everybody does, but I’m a 4.5 guy,” Doucet told Daily Advertiser sports editor Bob Heist. “I’m not a 4.3 guy, I never will be.”

A torn groin muscle and an old hamstring injury have also conspired to cheat him out of strong season finishes.

But Doucet is far more than the sum of his parts.

“Obviously, Early has God-given talent,” former St. Martinville High coach Carroll Delahoussaye told reporters. “But there’s a lot more that separates him from everyone else.”

Delahoussaye and others who know Doucet personally are uniform in their assessment of his good character.

Doucet leaves this week for rookie training camp in Phoenix.

Other LSU Tigers named in the NFL draft include defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (Kansas City Chiefs), cornerback Chevis Jackson (Atlanta Falcons), fullback Jacob Hester (San Diego Chargers), safety Craig Steltz (Chicago Bears), quarterback Matt Flynn (Green Bay Packers), and tight end Keith Zinger (Falcons).

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