Today, we will look at the final wide receiver option for the Arizona Cardinals to consider taking in this year's draft. We could do them all, but we have to stop somewhere, right? Before we get to that, let's take a look at the voting results for the NFL Combine wonder kid, Stephen Hill. If the Cards can trade down in the draft, 61% of you wouldn't mind seeing them take Hill. He is very raw at this point, but he has tremendous physical ability and cans stretch the field with ease.
Today's player would require the Cardinals to trade down as well. Some mock drafts have him going in the late first round, others in the second. There is no denying that Rueben Randle has some tremendous ability, but will he be a player that can help the Cards get to the next level? Let's find out after the jump.
One of the common themes in looking at all of these wide receivers has been the question of whether or not they can help take pressure off the the Cardinals' perennial Pro Bowl receiver, Larry Fitzgerald. We have looked at some players that would most likely be able to do that and some that may not have that skill set. I think Rueben Randle might be a guy that could help.
At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Randle is yet another big receiver entering this year's draft. At the NFL Combine, Randle ran just a 4.55 40-yard dash and he had a 31" vertical. Also, his 3 cone drill came in at 6.99 seconds, which didn't even put him in the top 15 performers.
At Louisiana State University, Randle showed the ability to create separation and run a variety of routes for the BCS Championship contending Tigers. According to NFL.com, Randle also has a keen eye for being able to diagnose coverages and with his 9 1/2" hands, he can catch most balls thrown his way.
As for his weaknesses, NFL.com gives us a great breakdown:
Randle is still developing many of his skills and will be more a "betting on the come" prospect. He still looked uncomfortable running some routes within his route tree and isn't to a point where he is actively thinking about how to sell his corner on every play to lend to his own separation. He will take his eye off the ball across the middle and is inconsistent with his physicality. He isn't a real sudden, explosive mover and could be blanketed early on in his career.
The one part about that paragraph that scares me the most is that he is not an explosive player. The Cardinals need someone that can get off the line of scrimmage quickly to get downfield and attract the safety. In time, he may learn some techniques that Fitzgerald has learned in order to create separation, but at this point, Randle appears to be a rather raw player.
Here is a nice highlight video of Randle's time at LSU in 2011:
So what are your thoughts on Randle? Is he a player the Cardinals should consider drafting if they are able to trade down in the draft? Tell us what you think and vote in the poll.