Agent Confirms Cards' Interest in Day-Two CB

In discussing the Cardinals' needs at cornerback, most pundits have focused on the first-round prospects who could wind up in the desert. However, the Cards are likely to tab a cornerback in the later rounds, as well.'s James Jones catches up with one second-day prospect and his agent, who confirms the Cards are interested.

Zack Bowman (6'0", 197 pounds) has the speed and aggressiveness to develop into an excellent nickel back. With Arizona moving Antrel Rolle to free safety, Bowman is capable of filling the void in the cornerback rotation.

Bowman possesses first-rate ball skills and is adept at coming up to stop the run. In 2007, he posted 29 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception. The determination he displayed in coming back from two knee injuries inspired his Nebraska teammates and proved his desire to be a force on the field.

"I have been working really hard on getting my game right where it needs to be entering the draft," Bowman said. "I have been getting my conditioning and strength back in line. I have also been giving a lot of attention to my position drills and making sure they are where they need to be."

Going back to his last knee injury when he ruptured his patellar tendon, Bowman showed his toughness and resiliency. He is now 100 percent physically and his draft stock is on the rise as a result.

His agent, Van McElroy, speaks volumes about Bowman's work ethic and what he could bring to the Cardinals.

"Zack has overcome a great deal in his career thus far. The knee injury and then the surgery were very difficult to rebound from but he did an admirable job. Had he come out after his junior season, he would have been one of the top corners taken. He had a great Pro Day and Combine, timed well in the 40-yard dash (4.39) and his position drills were good, as well."

Of the teams that have expressed interest in Bowman, the Cardinals have the greatest need at the position. With no established depth behind Eric Green and Roderick Hood, Bowman could step in and be the nickel back immediately.

Even if the Cardinals tab a cornerback in round one as many experts expert them to do, the team could look to further strengthen the position on day two. Bowman's ability to contribute on special teams--and to overcome all obstacles--makes him an ideal candidate between rounds five and seven.

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