Cardinals Draft Analysis: OT Brandon Keith

The Cardinals offensive line made significant progress last season under the guidance of coach Russ Grimm. In this year's draft, GM Rod Graves gave Grimm another prospect to groom. AZRedReport.com's Samantha Fillerup takes a closer look at Brandon Keith and his ability to solidify Arizona's O-line.

Who He Is

Brandon Keith (6'5", 343 pounds) played offensive tackle for the University of Northern Iowa. He was an integral member of an offense that totaled 3,241 rushing yards, 2,989 passing yards and 322 first downs in 2007.

What To Like

Keith has an excellent wingspan, large hands and a thick frame. He has good balance and body control and is adept at sustaining his blocks. He plays until the whistle blows with ample aggression and is light on his feet.

What Not To Like

He is quick and powerful, but has yet to use those skills to their full advantage. His footwork and technique are raw and need to be polished. He lacks stamina and runs out of gas late in games. Durability could be an issue, as he has sustained injuries in each of the last three seasons.

Who Else Was Available

The Cardinals chose Keith in round seven, No. 225 overall. King Dunlap, a massive offensive tackle from Auburn, was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles five spots later. Running back Justin Forsett (California) and wide receiver Adrian Arrington (Michigan) were also on the board and would have provided great value.

Looking Forward

Offensive line coach Russ Grimm is gaining tremendous power and size by adding Keith to the roster. Keith is not a finished product and it will require work to bring him up to speed, but he has potential to be an asset for the Cardinals' offense.


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