Cardinals Host Fullback for Private Visit

The Cardinals do as good a job as any team at keeping their private visits under wraps. However, that didn't prevent's Adam Caplan from unearthing another one. Caplan reports the Cardinals brought in a fullback prospect who could add some punch to Arizona's rushing attack. Find out who this player is and how he fits in, all in this exclusive.

Auburn fullback Carl Stewart (6-1, 230 pounds) recently enjoyed a private visit with Cardinals coaches. Stewart is devastating blocker whose claim to fame is blocking for both Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams, both of whom were top-five picks in the 2005 draft.

Stewart is an incredibly strong, tough and aggressive athlete. He has honed his blocking skills to become one of preeminent lead blockers in the draft. He is not only strong at the point of attack, but possess the skill to catch the ball out of the backfield.

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With only Terrelle Smith and Tim Castille onboard, the Cardinals have been on the lookout for their fullback of the future. Smith is entering his eighth season in the NFL and is showing signs of wearing down. Castille lacks experience and has a limited upside.

Stewart has a great motor and is extremely versatile, finishing his career at Auburn with 398 receiving yards, the seventh-most in school history by a running back.

In 2007, Stewart contributed 14 catches for 214 yards. He also chipped in two rushing TDs, a testament to his ability to be a multi-purpose back.

Stewart ran a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and his vertical jump came in at 39".

He can be a contributor on special teams, as well, as evidenced by his four tackles and recovered fumble in kick coverage.

Notes from the Nest

Apparently, the Cardinals have a thing for running backs named Stewart.

Arizona brought in Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart for a private visit. The main purpose of the visit was to inspect the progress Stewart has made since offseason toe surgery.

Stewart averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a senior, more than two full yards better than Edgerrin James' average last season. However, it appears Stewart doesn't have the home-run ability that Ken Whisenhunt is looking for in a backup running back.

The player who has that big-play ability is East Carolina running back Chris Johnson. first broke the story that Johnson was visiting the Cardinals, as Samantha Fillerup reported in this article way back on March 23.

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