2008 Ultimate Sleepers

While the Cardinals main contributors this season will come as no surprise, there are several potential gems buried deep on the depth chart. With a healthy dose of young and talented prospects, a few could emerge from the shadows. Brad Wilbricht outlines which players could outperform their expectations in this AZRedReport.com exclusive.

1. WR Jemalle Cornelius

Although the Cardinals are loaded with talent at the wide receiver position, their overall depth isn't overwhelming. Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are perennial Pro Bowlers, but the depth chart is fairly uncertain behind them. Rookie Early Doucet and special teams standout Steve Breaston are currently battling for the third receiver spot. Following Doucet and Breaston are receivers Sean Morey and Jerheme Urban. While Morey and Urban are more polished, Cornelius boasts superior long-term potential.

Cornelius played three seasons at the University of Florida, where he displayed steady improvement each year. As a senior, he wrapped up his career with the Gators catching 34 passes for 523 yards and three touchdowns. After being cut from the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts practice squads, Cornelius stuck with Arizona. If either Urban or Morey falters this season, Cornelius could make the most of the opportunity.



2. CB Travarous Bain

With the Cardinals secondary already thin on depth, Bain's contributions would be a welcomed addition. Bain enters his second season in the NFL, after spending the majority of 2007 on the Cardinals practice squad. During his collegiate career, Bain played two years at the University of Miami before transferring to Hampton prior to his junior campaign. In his final two seasons at Hampton, Bain totaled 47 tackles and six interceptions. Although he lacks ideal ball skills, Bain is known for his playmaking ability and is a dangerous open-field runner.

Bain came into the NFL as a developmental project and should continue to show solid growth after one season in the league. Although the Cardinals invested their 2008 first-round draft pick on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Bain could compete with Rodgers-Cromartie for playing time as the team's nickel back.



3. RB Steve Baylark

While there has been a great deal of excitement regarding fifth-round draft pick RB Tim Hightower, Baylark in another small school prospect flying under the radar. Baylark was an undrafted rookie last season after starring at the University of Massachusetts. In 2006, he was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference and was a second-team All-American selection. During his senior season at UMass, Baylark racked up 1,960 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the Minutemen to the National Championship Game. Furthermore, he was only the third player in Division I-AA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.

Baylark spent last season on the Cardinals practice squad but could be poised for bigger and better things this year. The growing uncertainty with RB J.J. Arrington could allow Baylark to jump up on the depth chart. If backups Hightower or Marcel Shipp suffer an injury this season, Baylark would be next in line.




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