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Arizona coach <b>Dennis Green</b> feels good about his selection of Florida State defensive tackle <b>Darnell Dockett. </b> Green has said finding Dockett available in the third round of the NFL draft was similar to finding <b>Randy Moss </b> there for the 21st pick of the first round in 1998, when Green was with the Vikings. Dockett is looking to make a positive impact -- on and off the field -- for the Cardinals.

Darnell Dockett promised the Arizona Cardinals he would be a straight-up, no-nonsense guy. Tell it like it is, deal with it and move on.

That's what the Cardinals want.

While no NFL team was willing to risk a high selection on Dockett, whose history of trouble cast a shadow on his play-making ability, the Cardinals had him rated among their top 32 players.

That's why Arizona coach Dennis Green said finding Dockett available in the third round of the recent NFL draft was similar to finding Randy Moss there for the 21st pick of the first round in 1998, when Green was with the Vikings.

On draft day, Dockett vowed to be the defensive equivalent of Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals receiver from Florida State who won NFL Rookie of the Year honors last season.

"Darnell is a guy who you love to play with and hate to play against," Boldin told the Arizona Republic.

"If he's on your team, you love him because he makes a lot of plays. If he's on the opposite team, you hate him because he makes plays and he lets you know he's going to be there on every down."

The Cardinals' defensive scheme seems suited for Dockett. The Republic reported Dockett will play the "under" tackle, a position that calls for a player to make penetration and be disruptive. Dockett will compete for a starting job with Kenny King and Wendell Bryant, two unproven players.

``We did our research (on Dockett). We're well aware of the problems he's had in the past and we're confident those problems are behind him,'' Cardinals vice-president of football operations Rod Graves said.

``If we had felt uneasy ... we would not have selected him.''


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