A Scout's Report: Undrafted Rookies, Part III

AZRedReport.com's James Jones and former pro scout Tom Marino come together for the final installment of a three-part series analyzing Arizona's crop of rookie free agents. Which of these rookies will push for roster spots and which are merely training camp fodder? Marino's insider scouting reports hold the answers.

Lance Long, WR, Mississippi State At 5'11", 186 pounds, Long isn't viewed as the prototypical wide-out and might have a hard time cracking the lineup. Once a walk-on at Mississippi State, Long never produced huge numbers and even with the loss of Bryant Johnson to free agency, the Cardinals might look to other players to flesh out the receiving corps.

Here is how Marino feels about him: "Good athletic skills. Smart and talented. Started two games in '07. Inside receiver-type with a lot of savvy. Can return, although in not exceptional in this area. Ran good routes, gets head around, picks up the ball and was nifty after the catch. Works back to the football with confidence. Really liked his poise and surprising position skills. Has courage and good hands. Makes your football club. High priority free agent prospect."

QB Anthony Morelli
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Anthony Morelli, QB, Penn State This signing is about breeding competition more than anything else. The Cardinals signed Brian St. Pierre earlier this offseason with plans to make him the No. 3. Morelli's best hope is to stick on the practice squad and hang around past Kurt Warner's retirement.

Here is how Marino feels about him: "Has all the tools you look for in a quarterback. He has an athletic body, very strong throwing arm and far better movement then I had expected, but is acutely under coached and unprepared for the job of being a professional QB. Has a violent over-hand delivery and when he's on his game has as much ability as anyone in the draft. Can make all the throws: out, dig, fade and comeback. Going to have to start from square one with this player, but has a big upside."

Carlton Medder, G, Florida With Arizona not taking an interior lineman with its seven picks last weekend, it makes sense the Cardinals would bring in a player like Medder. Having played in the limelight of Florida, he knows what it takes to succeed on the biggest stages. He earned 27 starts between his junior and senior seasons and was part of an O-line that produced the nation's third-highest scoring offense.

Here is what Marino thinks: "Disappointing body control and balance. Non-explosive and never finished anything. Big, slow and can't get to the next level. On pass protection, got beat on the edge with regularity. Gets feet crossed and lacks recovery skills."

Hercules Satele, G, Hawaii Being considered by many to be one of the top-two centers on the West coast was not enough to get Satele drafted. He possesses good strength and quick feet. With more time, he will only become bigger and stronger. With Lyle Sendlein and Al Johnson the only centers currently on the roster, Satele could make noise in training camp.

Marino has this to say: "Not near the skills of his brother ('06 draft selection Samson Satele). Hercules is an undersized, marginal athlete. He has no ability sustain or finish and lacks overall skills."

Click here to read Part II of this series, featuring FB Dionte Johnson, LB Ali Highsmith, FS Dennis Keyes and DT Keilen Dykes.

Click here to read Part I of this series, featuring CB Marcus Brown, OT Peter Clifford, OT Thaddeus Coleman, DE Jason Banks and DT Bryan Robinson.

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