Another day, another cornerback added to the roster of the Arizona Cardinals. This time, the Cards decided to go with Justin Bethel, a defensive back out of Presbyterian. We know how much Ken Whisenhunt likes his small school prospects, but this selection truly takes the cake. According to Trey Wingo on ESPN, Presbyterian has a student body of just 1,200 people.
Bethel becomes the first player since 1969 to be drafted from Presbyterian. So yes, this is a great feel-good story, but did the Cardinals need another cornerback from this draft? Get some reactions and reports after the jump.
The Cardinals may have seemed set at cornerback even before the draft began, but they decided to seriously solidify the position with the selection of Jamell Fleming in the third round. After that, the Cardinals used their pick acquired from the Washington Redskins in the Tim Hightower trade to select Bethel.
Bethel is a rather large corner, standing in a 6'0" and 200 pounds. Oh, and on top of that, the guy is a freak for an athlete. Check out this video (via @AZCardinals):
The only issue is that the Cardinals now have way too many cornerbacks on the roster. Patrick Peterson, William Gay, Greg Toler, A.J.Jefferson, Crezdon Butler, Korey Lindsay, Mike Adams, Fleming and now Bethel are all on the team. Many of them will inevitably be battling for roster spots this summer.
Although there is now an abundance of corners on the Cardinals' roster, I do not mind this pick too much. A team can never have enough defensive backs, especially given the propensity for teams to throw the ball in the NFL nowadays.
By the way, here is a nice list of Bethel's Combine stats and other physical info via CBSSports.com.
What are your thoughts on Justin Bethel? Was this a good pick for the Arizona Cardinals? Tell us what you think and vote in the poll.
Update: According to Kent Somers, the Cardinals have actually listed Bethel as a safety. Given his size and athleticism, this move seems to make quite a bit of sense. Now, James Sanders, Bethel and possibly even Rashad Johnson will be battling for roster spots.