Will the Cardinals target versatile defender?

Linebacker Cody Brown spent some quality time with the Arizona Cardinals as they look to restock a defense that's already lost Antonio Smith to free agency. While UCONN may be more famous for its basketball teams, Brown is hoping that their football program was strong enough to prepare him for the next level. AZRedReport.com's Tyson Qualls sat down with Brown to find out more.

LB Cody Brown could be a serious option for the Cardinals, if they feel he can successfully make the switch from lineman to linebacker. At 6'2", 244 pounds, Brown lacks the necessary size to play in the trenches at the professional level. If he can show a decent amount of speed in the 40-yard dash, the Cardinals may take a flier on the rookie. In his interview with AZRedReport.com, Brown gave some insight into his future in the NFL.

When asked where he sees himself play, he said, "It doesn't really matter, I just want to play."

Brown's desire to just play, regardless of position, should improve his chances of landing on a team. If the Cardinals employ a similar defense in 2009, a player with the ability to play multiple positions would certainly be a must.

Another contributing factor to the Cardinals desire to scoop up Brown is seen in his desire to play. AZRedReport.com asked Brown exactly why he plays, he said, "I just love it, I love the game."

This type of dedication could point towards a future important member of the Cardinals' franchise. Of course, many players say exactly what they think teams want to hear, so it will be up to the scouts to determine Brown's dedication.

The main concern for Brown is going to be his 40-yard dash time. He has been recorded with a respectful 4.76, but he will need to improve on that number if he is going to garner serious consideration. Brown understands the importance of this, as he mentioned that running a good 40-yard dash time was one of his top priorities.

Brown will also need to add a bit of bulk to his 244-pound frame. His 36-inch vertical leap should allow him to access the passing lanes. If Brown fails at his transition to linebacker, he may find a niche as a situational pass rusher.

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