Paul Magloire nearly took a completely different career path.
“If I could redo my whole life, I would have gone to culinary school,” the Arizona linebacker told Omnisport. “I would want to cook. I like cooking.”
Before Magloire left Arizona to visit the Giants last week, he prepared a couple of ribeye steaks so they’d be ready to throw on the grill when he got home.
His career as a chef will have to wait as Magloire continues to prepare for the NFL Draft. He has realistic expectations for the draft, which runs from April 27-29, knowing he won’t hear his name until the third day.
The former high school running back and quarterback has played multiple defensive positions in college. After transferring from Arizona Western, Magloire began his Arizona career at safety before being moved to weakside linebacker. He’s also seen time at middle linebacker and believes his versatility is something teams will like.
“I moved around a lot,” said Magloire, who sees himself as a weakside 4-3 linebacker. “I can be inside at linebacker, but then you’ll see me on the edge covering the slot man-to-man and then back at linebacker. You’ll see me all over the field.
“I’m a linebacker, but with that new breed of linebackers, everybody wants a three-down player. That’s what I am.
"I’ve played a lot of different defenses, but it’s all the same stuff. Every team has sub-packages. I’ve shown I can play a lot of different schemes.”
Magloire recorded 153 tackles, 112 of them solo, with 9 1/2 tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks in his two seasons with the Wildcats. But he went from someone off most people’s radars to the talk of the town in St. Petersburg, Fla., with an excellent week at the East-West Shrine Game in January.
With Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards as the West team’s head coach and Cardinals linebackers coach Larry Foote as hisposition coach,Magloire had a great week of practice and then shined during the game.
“Being around those coaches and scouts was productive and really helped me play better that whole week,” Magloire said. “One thing it showed was that I can pick up an NFL system fast and show how tough I am —running through gaps and putting my hands on linemen and making big hits.”
Foote actually put Magloire through his drills at Arizona's pro day, where he posted a 4.68-second 40-yard dashand an impressive 25 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, leaving scouts with “a happy face.” The Cardinals then brought him in for a private workout, as did the Buccaneers.
Magloire doesn’t do anything great, but he does a lot of things well. Despite being undersized at 6-1, 227, he’s an excellent athlete and takes good angles to the ball and plays well in space. His best fit in the NFL would be as a safety/linebacker hybrid, similar to what the Cardinals do with the 6-1, 211-pound Deone Bucannon.
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former Ravens scout, said Magloire lacks Bucannon’s explosivenessbut could developafter time on a practice squad.
Magloire’s excellent week in St. Petersburg earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl, but he declined. He was then snubbed from the combine, something that upset him before he realized a lot of players who weren’t at the combine get drafted every year.
“Only time will tell. We’ll find out,” Magloire said. “Day 3, I know for a fact I’ll be going somewhere in the NFL.”
And he can even prepare the team meal.