Live From Indy: Cards Meet Another Receiver

With growing uncertainty over the wide receiver position, the Cardinals could be shopping for a new set of hands on draft day. Ken Whisenhunt and crew have already met with numerous receivers during Senior Bowl week and at the NFL Combine. Amberly Richardson is on location in Indianapolis and has the latest on the Cardinals newest target.

Florida WR Andre Caldwell is the most recent receiver the Cardinals sat down with at the NFL Combine. Caldwell (6'1", 200 pounds) is a tremendous athlete who possesses great awareness, focus and hands. Although he lacks ideal size, his outstanding top-line speed and acceleration makes him an excellent vertical target in the passing game.

Caldwell's aggressiveness and physical nature allows him to compete for balls in traffic. He caught 26 passes for 20-plus yards while in college. Caldwell also features the ability to find soft spots in zone coverage and can be depended on as a possession receiver.

Despite missing three games with an MCL sprain, Caldwell enjoyed a productive senior season with the Gators. He finished with 56 catches, 761 yards and a team-leading seven touchdown receptions. Caldwell left Florida as the all-time leader in receptions (185) and third all time in receiving yards (2,349). He has a knack for finding the end zone, racking up 21 total touchdowns during his college career—16 receiving, four rushing and one passing.

Caldwell shows exceptional versatility as an all-around wide receiver. He has experience split-out wide, in the slot and was used regularly on reverses. He's a punishing blocker who can sustain blocks down field. Caldwell assumed kick return duties for the Gators, averaging 20.3 yards per return. He also participated on the Florida track team, running the 100-meter dash in 10.74 seconds.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt would certainly welcome a player with Caldwell's abilities. His multi-purpose skills are similar to those of Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El, both players who excelled under Whisenhunt in Pittsburgh. Caldwell would also be a deep threat in Arizona's passing game. One of the biggest knocks on Cardinals WR Bryant Johnson was his inability to stretch the field.

Caldwell shows great upside at the next level, but durability remains a concern. He missed three games in 2007 with an MCL sprain and missed the final nine games of 2005 with a leg injury. Also working against him are the mixed results of current Florida receivers in the professional ranks. The Gator's spread offensive attack hasn't always translated well in the NFL.

Caldwell had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and improved his draft stock heading into the NFL Combine. He looks to build on that performance demonstrating his improved route-running skills and explosiveness in the 40-yard dash.

Andre is the younger brother of former second-round draft pick Reche Caldwell. He has fielded numerous questions regarding his big brother including character issues that have hampered Reche. However, Andre praised his older brother for his sound advice leading into the NFL draft.

Caldwell possesses the attributes and intangibles to thrive in the Cardinals' offense. If GM Rod Graves is willing to invest a second round pick on a wide receiver, there's a good possibility Caldwell's name will be called.

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