Cardinals Enjoy Three Meetings With Speedy CB

In terms of offseason interests, the Cardinals have given one cornerback prospect the pre-draft hat trick. Arizona officials met with this lightning-quick play-maker at the Senior Bowl and Combine before attending his Pro Day earlier this month. Cardinalinsider.com's Samantha Fillerup reports on the odds of this hot prospect landing in the desert.

Colorado cornerback Terrence Wheatley (5'9", 178 pounds) has enjoyed each of his meetings with Cardinals coaches this offseason. Arizona is in dire need of a new nickel back after moving Antrel Rolle to free safety, and Wheatley has the quicks to fill the void.

In 2007, Wheatley had 42 tackles, 10 passes breakups and five interceptions. He was considered a positive influence on and off the field, which is crucial for an Arizona team trying to develop a winning culture.

"I'm a focused, driven player and a tough guy," Wheatley said. "I've been through a lot in my college career and I'm still showing up every day. I bring a type of dedication and focus. I try to be a student of the game as much as possible. I'm the type of guy who's going to do whatever it takes to get on the field and make plays."


CB Terrence Wheatley
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Wheatley has explosive acceleration and closing burst, running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. He is also an avid and dedicated student of the game with fluid hips and good field vision. Additionally, he has excellent timing, agility and leaping ability.

Wheatley needs to add more bulk and lacks the sheer power to latch on to opposing ball-carriers and drag them down. Another concern is his durability, as he has endured four wrist surgeries, a groin injury and a knee sprain in his college career.

However, if Wheatley can stay healthy, he would be a great addition to the Cardinals secondary. He possesses incredible speed and a thorough knowledge of the game.

He also has terrific special teams potential. In 2007, he established a school record for single-season kickoff return yards, bringing back 37 kicks for 919 yards (24.84-yard avg.).

That kind of game-breaking talent may be enough to entice the Cardinals in the later rounds of the draft.


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