Scouting the New Cards

The Cardinals signed six first- or second-year players with hopes of developing them during the offseason. Cardinals expert Amberly Richardson discusses what those players will bring to next year's camp.

WR Jemalle Cornelius (Florida)

Cornelius is pure insurance for the Cardinals. They could lose their No. 3 receiver, Bryant Johnson, to free agency. On any other team, Johnson would get a generous amount of playing time, but the Cardinals are loaded with receivers. Johnson may opt to go to a team that offers more receptions, which would open the door for Cornelius.

Cornelius went to camp with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. He was cut when the Bills went down to the 53-man roster. The Indianapolis Colts then signed him to their practice squad. The Cardinals were in the market in early December and picked him up for their own.

At 5-foot-11, Cornelius is a smaller receiver than Ken Whisenhunt typically prefers. However, he makes up for his small stature with agility, athleticism and speed. He averaged 15.38 yards per receptions in his final year at Florida. If he can play up his potential, he has a chance to stick.

RB Steve Baylark (Massachusetts)

After a year on the practice squad, Baylark is ready to run. Despite four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the University of Massachusetts Baylark went underdrafted.

Speed was a concern, but Baylark has great vision and can find the holes with the best of them. Baylark is an aggressive runner who can make something out of nothing.

DB DeMario Minter (Georgia)

The Cardinals re-signed Minter to bolster a scarily shallow secondary. Minter was expected to be a first-day pick in the 2006 draft but fell to round five because of character issues. The Cleveland Browns, who drafted him, said he was genuine and his issues in college were minor.

Antrel Rolle showed remarkable improvement this year but can not cover the receivers alone. Minter has the physicality that Arizona's defensive backs need, but he lacks the big-play mentality, intercepting only two passes in his college career.

DB Travarous Bain (Hampton)

The Cardinals are taking their time with Bain. He boasts otherworldly speed but is sluggish when it comes to defending the run. He is not as physical as Arizona needs him to be.

TE Alex Shor (Syracuse)

Shor is back in the U.S. after a season-long stint in NFL Europe. Shor spent 2006 training camp with the Cardinals. He was cut, re-signed and then allocated to Europe. Arizona will not use any draft picks on a tight end. Shor has an outside chance to stick, even if it's back on the practice squad.

T Elliot Vallejo (Cal-Davis)

Arizona worked hard last year to develop a line that could pass protect, but Kurt Warner continued to feel hurried. Vallejo is better on the right side and could be groomed to back up Levi Brown.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.


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