WR Meets with Cards' Director of Scouting

Arizona is in the market for a receiver after losing Bryant Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. James Jones reports the team has honed in on a possible replacement from the college ranks, granting him a private meeting with Director of College Scouting Steve Keim. Catch the exclusive Q&A with this draft target in this Cardinalinsider.com exclusive.

Coastal Carolina receiver Jerome Simpson (6'2", 199 pounds) has become a frontrunner to replace Bryant Johnson as Arizona's slot receiver. That status was only solidified when Simpson spent a one-on-one film session with Steve Keim, the Cardinals director of college scouting.

"(Keim) came out here and we watched some film of my games," Simpson said. "He asked me a lot about me and who I am as a person. He spoke with his people and said that he was impressed with me. Basically, I just had to be myself and that was the easy part of the meeting."

The Cardinals are hardly the only team to show interest in Simpson, who is a physical receiver with big-play ability. In his four-year college career, he caught 198 passes for 3,374 yards (17-yard avg.) and 56 touchdowns.

WR Jerome Simpson
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According to Simpson's agent, David Butz of SportStars Inc, Simpson has at least as many private workouts and meetings scheduled as receiver Matt Jones, who was a first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005.

"There have been at least five wide receiver coaches from various NFL teams who have contacted us to set up meetings with Jerome, so teams are definitely interested in his services," Butz said.

With so many teams competing for Simpson's services, he could wind up being selected higher than his third-round projection.

Simpson certainly has the numbers to merit a first-day pick. With his 11-inch hands and impressive wingspan, he is capable of making spectacular catches. It also helps that he excelled at the NFL Combine, finishing in the top-ten at his position in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.

With his Pro Day scheduled for March 28th, Simpson has been working out at his school to do everything he can to push his draft stock even higher.

"I have just been keeping it tight, working on my routes and trying to improve my hands," he said. "I have been running on the beach here and that has helped me a lot. I have just been staying in shape anyway I can so I am ready for my Pro Day."

If Simpson wows at his Pro Day like he did at the Combine, then watching film with Cardinals officials could become a weekly trend.

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