Cardinals Fly South for DB Help

The Cardinals swear they are finished giving up quick points. Arizona scouts are taking action in Mobile, Ala., but their efforts will be in vain unless they find a way to plug their last line of defense. Michael Lombardo reports from the Senior Bowl on the prospects the Cardinals are watching.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a product of Tennessee State. As a senior, he recorded 37 tackles and two interceptions. He has great size (6'2", 185 pounds) and runs a 4.45 in the 40. He was named a Division II All-American last season.

Rodgers-Cromartie has shown great deep speed in Mobile. He has solid hands and delivered a nice interception in practice. He tends to be too quick to turn and run, and can be beat on comeback routes as a result.

Rodgers-Cromartie had a private meeting with the Cardinals coaches earlier this week, a strong indicator of the team's interest. One coach mentioned his versatility as a huge asset.

"They've got me at strong safety and corner, so I just go back and forth," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

SS Quintin Demps was a four-year starter for UTEP. The 6'1", 215-pound battering rams delivers big hits on defense and special teams. In 2007, he recorded 72 tackles and five interceptions. He runs 4.53 in the 40.

Demps looked slow out of his backpedal on Tuesday. He has stiff hips and lacks mobility. He doesn't turn his head and look back for the ball, so he's prone to putting his hands on the receivers and drawing penalty flags. He must be protected in zone coverage.

Leodis McKelvin (5'10", 186 pounds) hails from Troy. He recorded 60 tackles and two interceptions last season and ran a 4.48 in the 40. He was named to several All-American teams and can return punts, having taken three back for scores.

McKelvin has great closing speed. He tends to guess on routes, which leaves the receiver he's covering wide open if he is wrong. His biggest impact will likely come on special teams.

"I think a lot of people's eyes are on the young guy from Troy," South Team coach Mike Nolan said. "He's an athletic guy. Their eyes are on him because all of a sudden he's facing a level of players he hasn't played in his four years in college."

Marcus Griffin (6'0", 202 pounds) played safety at Texas, where he recorded 99 tackles and five interceptions as a senior. With a 4.6 time in the 40, he is not as fast as his brother, Michael, also played at Texas and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of last year's draft.

"Griffin's brother is not a bad football player," Nolan said.

Marcus Griffin shined on Tuesday, fighting off blocks and delivering technically-sound tackles. However, he lacks the burst to recover when beaten.

Patrick Lee (6'0", 201 pounds) comes out of Auburn, where he had 55 tackles and four interceptions last season. He plays a big role on special teams, which he where he will make his biggest impact as a rookie.

Lee showed shaky hands on Tuesday, dropping a pair of easy interceptions. He showed good discipline, though, refusing to bite on double moves.

"The guy from Auburn looks like a good football player," Nolan said.

CB Chevis Jackson (6'0", 190 pounds) played at LSU and had 44 tackled and five interceptions as a senior. He is a bit slow (4.6 in the 40), but he's physical, aggressive and intense. He got his hands on the ball to break up a big play over the middle.

FS D.J. Wolfe comes from Oklahoma. He is a bit undersized (5'11", 201 pounds) but has proven he can produce, tallying 87 tackles and four interceptions in 2007.

Wolfe suffered through the worst practice of any player on the South Team secondary. He was beaten twice for long touchdowns. He doesn't attack the ball at its highest point; however, he's a technically-sound tackler.

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