D-Line Prospect Confirms Meeting with Cards

Since the Arizona Cardinals have released DT Chris Cooper and failed to re-sign DE Rodney Bailey, the team has been on the prowl for new blood on the defensive line. Cardinalinsider.com's Samantha Fillerup confirms a pre-draft meeting between the Cards and a middle-round defensive line prospect.

North Carolina State defensive lineman Demario Pressley (6'3", 300 pounds) reveals that he met with Cardinals coaches at the Senior Bowl. Last season, Pressley had 38 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while splitting time between tackle and end.

Pressley has good quickness and great strength. He occupies blockers, combats double-teams well and will pursue to the flanks.

In the negative column, he lacks an explosive burst at the snap and tends to lose the ball during the play. Durability could be an issue, as his college career was riddled with wrist, toe and knee injuries.

Pressley insists he is not an injury-prone player.

"I don't think I am. I've been working on my hands just to prove to everyone that they're doing work right. I know I have to prove myself to everybody."

In the absence of Chris Cooper and Rodney Bailey, the Cardinals would have to rely on Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith to bookend the defensive line. Adding Pressley to the mix would add some punch to the second unit.

In 2007, the Cardinals ranked No. 17 in total defense. With playoff hopes in mind for the upcoming season, it is imperative the Cardinals draft players to buoy that ranking. Pressley's selfless attitude could be just what the doctor ordered.

"I know that I'll be playing for the team and that I won't be making a lot of plays because I'll be freeing up things for other players. I'm going to be busting it hard every play and, in the end, I'm playing for the team."


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