The Arizona Cardinals have a couple big decisions to make this upcoming draft, one of which is deciding whether or not a quarterback is worth a pick at 13 overall.
From there, the decisions are similar to every year, do players play like they time, do they check off enough boxes in interviews, what do you gain from meeting those that have been around them for three or four years?
That is why when you see the Cardinals have a “presence” at a pro day you perk up your ears.
I dug into my rolodex of Twitter contacts and reached out to Dan Hope of the Independent Mail, he covers Clemson exclusively, and asked if the head honchos were there. He said he has not seen Bruce Arians or Steve Keim, but that doesn’t mean they are not there or that other important decision makers are not there. I just wanted to give you as much context as possible.
Who could the Cardinals be there to see?
The obvious first one is Deshaun Watson, but without Keim and Arians there, you have to think that his Combine interview will be their focus unless they bring him in for a private workout.
Mike Williams, a guy I have compared to a Michael Floyd type big bodied, jump ball receiver, impressed with good 40 times today:
According to a scout at Clemson today-- Mike Williams ran 4.58 & 4.56— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 16, 2017
My concern with Williams has always been in the short and intermediate and ability after the catch. Sounds familiar.
Clemson has a bevy of intriguing day two and three guys as well.
Wayne Gallman is a bigger back who can catch out of the backfield, if his price tag is not too high, would he make sense as a potential David Johnson back up?
Jordan Leggett needed to show he could move well, you be the judge:
Ben Boulware was the emotional leader on defense for Clemson, there was not much question that he was going to lack in the testing metrics, his slower 40’s make sense.
The name that really has my attention though, and if you want even more on the other names check out Dan’s article, is Carlos Watkins.
Watkins is a big guy, 6-3 309lbs, that moves well in his short areas. He would be an intriguing day three guy as a potential rotational nose tackle with starter upside. He has the movement skills to attack up field, something he did regularly for the national champs.
Clemson is stacked with talent, do any of their prospects intrigue you?