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Arizona Cardinals Potential Draft Pick: Knowshon Moreno

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Knowshon Moreno (RB), Georgia

Height & Weight: 5'11, 208 lbs.Doublem_medium

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash - 4.60

Bench Press - 25

Vertical Jump - 35.5

Three-Cone Drill - 6.84

20-Yard Shuttle - 4.27

60-Yard Shuttle - 11.63

Positives: Moreno possesses some freakish abilities and will consistently carry the ball for positive yardage. He is rarely tackled by the first defender and can be elusive to the best of them. He has a very good stiff-arm, and will juke or spin away from defenders. He will often anticipate where a hole will form and where the blocks will take place. He has great lateral quickness and will often put his shoulder down and carry a pile. He can line up as a wide out and has very good route running skills for a running back. Will crack a blitzing linebacker if needed and provides good pass protection. 

Negatives: Only draw-backs to Moreno are his speed and attitude. He didn't have a good 40-yard dash at the combine and may not have the top-end speed for the NFL. He's not as big as some teams would want in a bruiser. He celebrates too much and may draw penalty flags.

Overview: Moreno can be a star in the NFL and holds many qualities to being a great running back. He can run, catch, and provide pass protection. He will probably start in his first year and provide help for a teams running game right away.

Projected Round: Late 1st round

Reasons the Arizona Cardinals should draft him and ways he will fit into the offense...

Why he should be a Cardinal: Moreno would fix a running game that ranked last in the league in 2008. He would fill the multi-purpose void that Edge would leave. He would create an actual threat for the running game and turn the Cardinals offense into the best in the league.

How he fits into the Cardinal offense: Moreno would create a good 1-2 punch with other running back, Tim Hightower. Their styles are very similar, and as a result, they would provide a continuous pounding against defenders, which would eventually wear the defense out. He would also be a benefit to Warner, with his pass protection and receiving skills.

Similar NFL Players: Jonathan Stewart, Matt Forte, Ronnie Brown

Player Quote:  Moreno_medium

 
I've got great blocking skills…helping the team out in any way possible is what I consider my biggest strength. I want to get stronger and faster and work on my foot speed and finding holes better.

Bottom Line: Moreno's draft stock slipped a bit when he didn't run a quick enough 40 the combine. He is still a first round running back but will likely be gone by the time the Cardinals pick at 31st. If he is available, it wouldn't be a surprise if they took him. If he did get drafted, he would surely help out a team in need of a respectable running game.