Senior Bowl: Cards Meet With Linebacker

As Karlos Dansby and Calvin Pace inch closer to hitting the open market, the Cardinals are looking hard at linebackers at the Senior Bowl. Michael Lombardo reports from Mobile, Ala., that the Cardinals met with a mid-round prospect who has been tearing it up all week.

OLB Wesley Woodyard (Kentucky) met with Cardinals coaches earlier this week to discuss how he would fit in Arizona's 3-4 scheme. Woodyard has been the heart of the Wildcats' defense for the past three seasons.

The 6'1", 212-pound linebacker finished his career with 305 tackles, 222 of them solo, and led his team in both categories during his final three seasons. He's a disciplined defender who takes on blockers, controls his gaps has great speed.

"I'm a natural born leader and a kid who loves to play football," Woodyard said. "I'm going to make the team no matter what position they put me in."

Woodyard's main drawbacks is his size. To ensure his longevity in the NFL, Woodyard would have to gain size without losing speed, which may be difficult to accomplish.

Woodyard was converted from strong safety to linebacker in 2004, and it is speculated he may have to transition back to maintain an NFL career.

However, Woodyard insists he can excel as a linebacker at the next level. This week's practices cemented that idea all the further, when he receiving glowing praise from assistant 49ers coach and legendary linebacker Mike Singletary.

"It's been great working with an all-time great linebacker like Mike Singletary and hearing what he has to say," Woodyard said. He's given us a few techniques to get better at what we do."

The Cardinals' could use more depth at the linebacker position and could use multiple draft picks on the position. Woodyard, paired with a dominant middle linebacker, could provide the Cardinals' with an elite linebacker corps in 2008.


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