Senior Bowl: Cards to Look for Defense

After a first full day of practice, the news flying around the Senior Bowl has been almost as furious as the hitting that took place this afternoon. Here are some additional notes on what's gone on today as well as a big fracas taking place over the NFL combine.

The Arizona Cardinals have the potential to be a solid offensive team for years to come, due to the talent the team possesses at the wide receiver position. While running back remains a concern for this potentially up-and-coming organization, it is the Arizona defense which requires immediate attention if this team is to take their game to the next level.

With the turnover of talent and depth defensively, especially at the cornerback position, the Cardinals are poised and in position to improve the talent and depth base in the defensive backfield. As a good number of senior college cornerback prospects are working under the direct coaching of NFL staffs, this is the first significant opportunity players and team's alike have the chance to impress in person.

Scouts on hand are still scratching their heads as to why Penn State cornerback Alan Zemaitis was a last minute no-show. Based on the play of college teammate Anwar Phillips and Clemson's Tye Hill today, it was a definite mistake.

Finally the big buzz here in Mobile is not about the Senior Bowl, rather the combine.

For years players and their representatives have complained about the slow turf at the RCA Dome, even though more and more players break the 4.30 second barrier in the 40-yard dash every year. There was talk that the field turf in Indianapolis was to be ripped up and replaced with a faster surface for the Colts. The thought process was it would be ready for the NFL combine, which begins in earnest on Feb. 22.

That may not be the case, though no one can say for sure. Some NFL team executives on hand say the turf will be replaced in time for the combine while others say it is not going to be replaced at all.

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