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Cardinals' Post-Combine Prospect Watch:  RB's

With the 2013 NFL Combine officially in the rear view mirror (tear), I thought it would be fun to do sort of a risers/fallers series except with the Cardinals specifically in mind. Since I believe we'll hear enough about Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson in the coming weeks, this post will be looking deeper into the draft, at some of the second- and third-day prospects that the Cardinals may take a look at who helped themselves at the Combine. We'll mainly be looking at the raw numbers, dangerous as no prospect can be defined solely on their measurables, but a starting off point for further evaluation nonetheless. There were plenty of other good players who participated in the Combine, these are just the ones that stood out for good or bad reasons.

I'll start with the Runningbacks, with Tight Ends, Rush Linebackers and Cornerbacks planned over the next couple days. Let me know if you're interested in a similar post regarding other position groups (ILB and S come to mind). Also let me know if you want me to try and explain what the different measurables mean and how they pertain to the on-field, in-game abilities of the players.



The roster, as it stands today...

While we need to add to this miserable group, we don't want to invest too early. We've spent a lot of capital on runningbacks over the last few years but, due to dismal returns, we have little choice but to return to the well.

Failure to re-sign LaRod Stephens-Howling would create an opening for a change of pace back. I'm not in favor of creating extra holes, but it might be a necessary measure to save a little cap space. Time will tell.



Stock Up:

Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
5'10" 205lbs. 9 3/8" hands
2nd-3rd Rd
Franklin is an excellent pass blocker, something BA has stated he values. Franklin put up excellent numbers and has seen his stock rising since the Senior Bowl. He looks like a 2nd-3rd prospect, which might put him out of our reach.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Johnathan Franklin 4.49 18 31.5 115.0 6.89 4.31 11.33


Montee Ball, Wisconsin
5'10" 214lbs. 9" hands
3rd
Some decent measurables to go with his monster career. Probably won't be a Cardinal unless he slips.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Montee Ball 4.66 15 32 118.0 6.88 4.40 N/A


Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
6'1" 230lbs. 9 5/8" hands
4th
A bruiser at 230lbs, Bell timed better in both straight-line and agility tests than expected. Will he really last into the 4th round?

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Le'Veon Bell 4.60 24 31.5 118.0 6.75 4.24 N/A


Kenjon Barner, Oregon
5'9" 196lbs. 9 1/8" hands
4th-5th
A compelling change-of-pace prospect, Barner measured well in all areas and may leap above the range where the Cardinals will start looking for a back on draft day.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Kenjon Barner 4.52 20 35.5 122.0 6.87 4.20 11.33


Kerwynn Williams, Utah St
5'8" 195lbs. 9 1/8" hands
5th-6th
A speedy change-of-pace back who could replace LSH, both as a rotational player with receiving ability in the backfield, and as a kick returner.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Kerwynn Williams 4.48 17 35 118.0 7.15 4.15 12.04


Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
5'8" 216lbs. 8 5/8" hands
6th
Short and thick, Stacy measured well for speed, power and agility.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Zac Stacy 4.55 27 33 122.0 6.70 4.17 N/A


Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
5'10" 214lbs. 9 3/4" hands
7th-FA
While Burkhead's 40 may have been a bit disappointing, the fact that he was in the Top 5 in all other drills (minus bench) for running backs definitely helps him. An interesting change-of-pace prospect.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Rex Burkhead 4.73 21 39 125.0 6.85 4.09 11.51


Michael Ford, LSU
5'9" 210lbs. 9" hands
FA
Measured extremely well in all areas; his limited college film might not be enough to keep his stock low and is the kind of prospect that should have a better Pro career than NCAA.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Michael Ford 4.50 25 38.5 130.0 6.87 4.25 11.43


Matthew Tucker, TCU
6'0" 221lbs. 9 1/4" hands
FA
A big back with decent measurables. I doubt he adds anything that Beanie or Williams don't, but if they were more reliable we wouldn't be talking about running backs in the first place.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Matthew Tucker 4.55 17 35.5 118.0 N/A N/A N/A



Stock Down:

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
5'9" 214lbs. 8 5/8" hands
3rd
Didn't put up exceptional numbers in any category but is a solid, do-it-all back who may slip a bit due to below-average times. As they say, running a bad time could be a blessing in disguise -- it might make him fall to us later in the draft.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Stepfan Taylor 4.76 17 30 110.0 7.13 4.50 12.06


Robbie Rouse, Fresno St
5'6" 190lbs. 9 1/4" hands
7th-FA
More of a Jacquizz Rodgers than an LSH, Rouse is a tiny change-of-pace back who runs with power and agility but not a lot of straight-line speed.

Prospect

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Robbie Rouse 4.80 15 34 114.0 6.97 4.25 11.56



Avoid:

Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
One of the most athletic prospects in Indy, Michael has missed a lot of time due to injury and the Cardinals can't afford to keep bringing in players like that.

Knile Davis, Arkansas
While Davis had the most impressive Combine of any back by far, his injury history, which goes all the way back to his junior year in high school, isn't worth gambling on in our case.

Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
His blistering speed (4.34 40) may be tempting but he simply lacks the build to stick in the NFL (168lbs).



Prospect

Prj Rd

40Y

BP

Vrt

Brd

3Cn

20S

60S

Johnathan Franklin 2-3 4.49 18 31.5 115.0 6.89 4.31 11.33
Montee Ball 3 4.66 15 32 118.0 6.88 4.40 N/A
Stepfan Taylor 3 4.76 17 30 110.0 7.13 4.50 12.06
Le'Veon Bell 4 4.60 24 31.5 118.0 6.75 4.24 N/A
Kenjon Barner 4-5 4.52 20 35.5 122.0 6.87 4.20 11.33
Kerwynn Williams 5-6 4.48 17 35 118.0 7.15 4.15 12.04
Zac Stacy 6 4.55 27 33 122.0 6.70 4.17 N/A
Rex Burkhead 7+ 4.73 21 39 125.0 6.85 4.09 11.51
Robbie Rouse 7+ 4.80 15 34 114.0 6.97 4.25 11.56
Michael Ford FA 4.50 25 38.5 130.0 6.87 4.25 11.43
Matthew Tucker FA 4.55 17 35.5 118.0 N/A N/A N/A


Measurables from NFL.com, draft projections from NFLDraftScout.com.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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