Following two very strong selections in the fourth and fifth rounds, Bobby Massie OT and Senio Kelemete OG respectively, the Cardinals go with a bit of a surprise selection by going with Presbyterian cornerback Justin Bethel. After selecting Jamell Fleming in the third round on Friday, the selection here may bit a bit of a surprise to some, but I guess the Cardinals have bought into the adage "You can never have too many cornerbacks".
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The most impressive aspect of Bethel is his mind boggling athleticism. Bethel touts an aboslutely ridiculous 60-inch vertical jump. At Presbyterian, Bethel was named Big South defensive player ofthe year. He recorded 87 tackles, 3.5 of those for a loss, as well as a sack, a forced fumble and three blocked kicks.
Bethel likely projects to be a special teams players primarily, but adds very important depth to a highly valuable position. Bethel's great physical talent could lead to him coached as the eventual successor to FS Kerry Rhodes. The selection of Bethel seems to be the writing on the wall for the end of fan favorite Mike Adams or WR convert AJ Jefferson's tenure as a Cardinal.