Arizona Cardinals Take CB Jamell Fleming In 3rd Round Of 2012 NFL Draft

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 26: Wide receiver Darius Reynolds #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones reaches for a pass in front of Cornerback Jamell Fleming #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half November 26, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 26-6. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

In what many though was going to be a no-brainer for the third round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft, the Cards went against the grain. Most expected and hoped that the team would draft an offensive lineman, but instead the Cardinals went with a pick no one really expected. They selected Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming with the 80th pick in the draft.

Fleming had a great Senior Bowl and was a two-time All-Big 12 selection.

He ran a 4.53 40 time at the NFL Combine, but as Kent Somers noted on Twitter, he "wowed scouts with his three-come drill," which is a very important skill in covering down the field and changing directions.

He joins a crown of young cornerbacks in Arizona. They already have Patrick Peterson, A.J. Jefferson and Greg Toler. Plus, there is also Marshay Green, who is still raw, but young and the team likes him. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with this group in 2012.

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