Cards Send Staffers to Popular Pro Day

The Buzz at Boston College's Pro Day was all about Matt Ryan. However, the Cardinals' curiosity extend beyond enigmatic quarterback. Offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus and safety Jamie Silva could both fill areas of need for Arizona. That's why two Cardinals scouts made the trek to Beantown.

Cardinals quarterback coach Jeff Rutledge spent time at the NFL Combine with Matt Ryan (6'5", 218 lbs.) of Boston College last month. The Cardinals followed up by sending scouts Don Corzine and Bill Dekraker to Ryan's Pro Day on March 18, according to the Boston Globe.

Ryan will undoubtedly be holding up another team's jersey and smiling for pictures by the time the Cardinals' No. 16 pick rolls around. However, Arizona is still spending plenty of time kicking the tires.

Ryan's Pro Day drew excessive attention because he's played hard to get. Ryan did not participate in the Senior Bowl and didn't work out at the Combine. True to his word, Ryan's performance at his Pro Day didn't disrupt his stock.

"We have a bubble up over our stadium at BC," Ryan said. "We've got great conditions to throw on Pro Day. For me, I want to portray to the teams that are going to be looking at my skills in an accurate representation of what it would be like in a game situation. I want to throw to the guys I know and give the teams a chance to look at what I'm capable of doing."

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Cardinals scouts saw Ryan throw every pass needed in the NFL. He completed 48 of 52 passes with three drops and one overthrow. His throws were from three-, five- and seven-step drops. He made passes to both sides of the field from the comforts of the pocket and on the scramble.

Although his Pro Day provided a throwing utopia, Ryan's game should translate seamlessly into the NFL.

"I think I'm accurate with the football, mobile within the pocket, and can slide around and make people miss and still keep my eyes downfield and be able to distribute the ball to our wide receivers," Ryan said.

Ryan is continuing his draft preparations close to Cardinals headquarters. He's working out in Tempe at the same facility as Tim Hasselbeck's brother, Matt, all of whom share the Boston College connection.

Although the Cardinals would love to keep Ryan in the desert, that notion is a long-shot at best. That is why Cardinals scouts spent plenty of time watching more affordable prospects like Gosder Cherilus and Jamie Silva.

Cherilus would provide a great value if the Cardinals can pick him up in round, No. 50 overall. Although he is a natural right tackle, Cherilus could play on the left side in Arizona because quarterback Matt Leinart is a lefty.

Silva, a tenacious in-the-box safety, could provide depth at safety behind projected starters Adrian Wilson and Antrel Rolle.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.

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