Sizable Corner on Arizona's Radar

Antrel Rolle's position change has left the Cardinals cornerback rotation shorthanded.'s Samantha Fillerup lands an exclusive interview with Rolle's potential replacement. This prospect has met with the Cardinals twice this offseason and has been working out in Arizona. Will GM Rod Graves ask him to extend his stay?

Terrell Thomas (6'1", 198 pounds) met with Cardinals coaches at the Senior Bowl and again at his Pro Day. Thomas played cornerback, safety and special teams for USC. In 2007, he had 45 tackles, seven pass breakups and four interceptions.

Thomas has excellent instincts, quick feet and flexible hips. He also has good field vision and leaping ability. He knows how to attack the ball at its highest point and is unafraid to come up against the run.

There are still some aspects of his game that need work, however. He lacks a second gear and struggles to recover when beaten. Compounding matters is that he tends to bite on fakes and struggles in man coverage when matched up with quicker receivers.

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Thomas has spent the offseason working to nullify his shortcomings.

"I've been working on getting back into football rhythm, transition, hand-eye coordination and doing cardio," Thomas said.

Durability is also a concern, as Thomas underwent two surgeries to repair torn ligaments and a dislocated shoulder.

Thomas would help to fill the void left by cornerback-turned-safety Antrel Rolle. Thomas' experience as a safety and on punt coverage only adds to his appeal in the eyes of the Cardinals.

In addition to the Cardinals, Thomas has met with coaching staffs of the San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thomas gained experience on one of the most successful teams in college football. He learned many tactics from coach Pete Carroll, including how to succeed against a variety of opponents.

"It was great," Thomas said. "We had an NFL-type program. It got us ready. He's a great coach."

Thomas would feel right at home if drafted by the Cardinals. He trained in Tempe from January to March.

"It's a great city," Thomas said. "It's a great place. I really enjoyed my stay."

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