Rafael Little Talks About Meetings With Cards

Prior to the Senior Bowl, many critics believed the Cardinals would target Kentucky RB Rafael Little on the second day of the draft. Then, Little injured his knee and has been on the down-low since. AZRedReport.com's Brad Wilbricht got a hold of Little for an exclusive interview, where he details his offseason meetings with the Cardinals.

Kentucky running back Rafael Little (5'10", 195 pounds) is a quick back with instinctive vision. He possesses a burst many NFL teams are looking for and has the power to back it up. With his low center of gravity and the ability to make tacklers miss, he should be able to push his game to new heights in the NFL.

Little has good hands and is a deft route-runner, attributes that are hard to come by. He can also showcase his skills as a punt and kick returner. However, he sustained a knee injury at the Senior Bowl, a fact that has some pro scouts weary.

"I think my injury is right where it needs to be," he said. "I'm hoping teams look at how I played during my college career and it won't affect my draft stock too much."


RB Rafael Little
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Little has managed to rebound well from the injury and--even though he was not able to perform at the NFL Combine or his team's Pro Day--he has not allowed it to deter him.

"It has been irritating having to watch everyone else compete. Not being out there has been tough."

The Cardinals spoke with Little at the Senior Bowl and Combine and, while the talks were informal, it would make sense for Arizona to take a long look at him. Edgerrin James is on his last legs and the time is ripe for a new face to shoulder some of the load.

"The biggest thing we have to do is find somebody who can share that load with Edgerrin James and J.J. Arrington is certainly a consideration, as is Marcel Shipp," Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're obviously always looking to get a young player at the position to hopefully develop, and it would be nice to have a guy who would give us the home run ability at that position like we've seen a lot of young backs do."

Little has been meeting with a lot of teams this offseason and is determined to get on the field again. This drive is something that should not be overlooked, especially by the Cardinals.

If Little is available late on day two of the draft, GM Rod Graves will strongly consider adding him to the mix. If that happens, Little would be ready to play big in the desert.

"I'll play anywhere, as long as I can get out and show what I can do," Little said. "That's all I'm worried about."

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