The third round pick for the Arizona Cardinals is in and needless to say, this one turned some heads. While players such as Bobby Massie were still on the board as an offensive tackle, the Cardinals instead decided to take a cornerback. Their pick was Jamell Fleming, a defensive back out of Oklahoma.
After the jump, I will give you some scouting notes on Fleming along with some various reactions to this selection.
As aforementioned, Fleming is a 5'11", 206 pound corner that plays with a lot of physicality in his game. He has been a huge factor in big time games, namely as the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl back in 2011. Here are some notes from XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki on this young talent:
Fleming 2 yr starter, a physical corner, gdcompetitor w/ quick feet, MVP 2011 Fiesta Bowl, suspended 4 academic fraud but was l8r reinstated— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) April 28, 2012
The only thing that sends up some red flags are Fleming's past academic problems. But, since he was reinstated, I do not expect this to be an issue.
Our very own Khodder seemed to love the pick, as he expressed as much on Twitter:
#CardsDraft Another Senior Bowler for the Cardinals in the draft. Whis loves the senior bowl. Fleming = PERFECT schematic fit.— Kent Hodder (@kenthodder) April 28, 2012
We do know that Whisenhunt loves his Senior Bowl picks and guys that played well in big moments, so Fleming does fit into that category.
The only problem I could see with this pick is that cornerback was a much lesser need than offensive tackle. Obviously, the Cardinals must have a guy lined up to take in the later rounds that they really like, otherwise this probably would not have been the move.
Fleming will immediately come in and fit in one way or another on this football team. With Greg Toler coming back from injury and William Gay being new to the team as well, Fleming could find himself as a 3rd or 4th string cornerback.
So what do you think fans? Was this a wise pick by the Cardinals? Should they have gone a different way with someone still remaining on the board?
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