Cards Host WR for Private Meeting at Combine

For the first time in years, the Cardinals have a need at wide receiver. Bryant Johnson is a free agent expected to sign elsewhere, Larry Fitzgerald is a contractual liability and Jerheme Urban failed to earn a tender. The Cardinals prepared to fill the void by meeting with an intriguing second-day receiver prospect at the NFL Combine.

The Cardinals conducted a meeting with Iowa State WR Todd Blythe at the NFL Combine last week. Blythe (6'5", 210 pounds) certainly fits the Arizona mold in regards to its receiving corps. He is a big, physical receiver with the ability to go up and grab passes over defenders.

In 2007, Blythe caught 52 balls for 779 yards and five touchdowns. He rounded out his four-year collegiate career with 176 catches for 3,096 yards and 31 scores, making him the school's all-time leader in each of those categories.

Blythe's size and experience make him the perfect weapon for Arizona's pass-happy offense. He also shows some grit as a run blocker, which could help jump-start the Cardinals running game next season.

Blythe is not without deficiencies. He has been labeled as a possession receiver, a reputation that was further cemented by his pedestrian 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the Combine.

Bryant Johnson is unlikely to return next season, and Larry Fitzgerald's future with the team remains up in the air. This fact, coupled with Ken Whisenhunt's desire to add more scoring threats, could make Blythe an intriguing prospect come draft day.

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