Cardinals coaches tagged Texas tight end Jermichael Finley (6'4", 243 pounds) for a closed-door meeting at the NFL Combine. Finley is a complete player who can make plays down the field.
"I am a tight end who runs a deep route or a corner route, or catches the ball and runs with it after the catch," he said.
Finley earned 16 starts in his two-year stint at Texas. In 2007, he averaged 12.8 yards per catch and tallied 575 total yards.
After establishing himself in Texas' pro-style offense, Finely considers himself ready to play on Sundays.
"I think I can come out to the NFL and do something, play real well as a matter of fact," he said.
Finley is athletic and boasts amazing body control. He has good acceleration and top-end speed for his size and position. Finley, a projected second-round pick, was excited by the thought of coming to Arizona, where he could push for immediate playing time.
In the Cardinals' current scheme, Finley would have fewer opportunities than he would like to have the ball in his hands. He hopes the Cardinals would reevaluate how they deploy their tight ends if they decide to bring him onboard.
Finley could start as a rookie for the Cardinals. Leonard Pope averages fewer than 20 receptions per season and Ben Patrick is more a role player than anything else.
Finley can't wait to compete against the top players in the NFL, such as Shawne Merriman. He realizes that his blocking skills aren't the greatest and gives himself a "C" in that area. He plans to work on his blocking in the months leading up to the draft.
A strong, athletic player with soft hands, Finley could be an asset in the Cardinals offense. He has openly stated that he would love to play for the Cardinals and, judging by Thursday's meeting, the feeling may be mutual.
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