OL Prospect Reveals Private Meeting with AZ

The Cardinals offensive line began to gel last season and should continue to develop in coach Russ Grimm's second season. Although there are larger voids to fill, GM Rod Graves will look to add depth in the trenches during the draft. Scout.com's Ed Thompson confirms the Cardinals used a private meeting on a multi-talented lineman at the Combine.

Kansas OT Anthony Collins is a versatile prospect who spent time at left and right tackle during his college career. Collins was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honors in 2007. In addition, he was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top offensive lineman.

Collins declared for the NFL draft following his junior season with the Jayhawks. Before deciding to forgo his senior year, Collins consulted with head coach Mark Mangino. Mangino felt Collins had nothing left to prove in college and believed he was ready to take his talents to the next level.

Collins plays with good balance and demonstrates excellent quickness for a player of his stature. He features an outstanding frame (6'6", 308 pounds) and has room to add bulk. Collins utilizes his extremely long arms to shield defenders and his agility allows him to pick up blitzes and line stunts with ease.

Although Collins shows enormous upside, he's a raw talent who will need proper coaching. He played only one season of high school football and was originally recruited to Kansas as a defensive lineman.

Collins' footwork and technique need refinement, but he possesses the necessary measurables to thrive in the NFL. Collins would benefit learning from Russ Grimm and has the potential to develop into a full-time starter.

Despite a surge in late-season productivity, the Cardinals offensive line struggled last year. RB Edgerrin James averaged merely 3.8 yards per carry and the Cardinals scored only nine rushing touchdowns.

All five starters return from last year's offensive line, but the Cardinals must replace key reserves who departed this offseason. Guard Keydrick Vincent signed with the Carolina Panthers and tackle Oliver Ross was released.

Levi Brown and Wayne Gandy are the projected starters at tackle heading into 2008. Elliot Vallejo, a developing prospect, is currently the top backup. Collins would provide immediate depth at both tackle positions. Along with Brown, he could supply the Cardinals with bookend tackles for years to come.

The Cardinals will address immediate needs on defense in the draft, but could find themselves selecting the best player available early on day two. If Collins is on the board in the third round, his upside and potential could prove irresistible.


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