Is LeSean McCoy the Cardinals No. 1 Guy?

The Cardinals are in need of a running back who will be in the desert for the long haul. Tim Hightower played well-beyond his fifth round pick status, but he's not the home run back the Cardinals still pine for. Here's a look at LeSean McCoy who speaks to Pitt alum Larry Fitzgerald "all the time." Find out why the Cardinals won't make the same mistake twice.

It's difficult to argue that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a mistake in the first round of last year's draft. The opposite is true, as he was projected to go higher, and the Cardinals got lucky to draft the playmaker.

But Arizona also wanted RB Chris Johnson who went to the Tennessee Titans instead. The Cardinals appeared to think they could skate into the second round and grab Johnson, but he was too valuable to pass by in the first round. The Titans were all over it.

The Cardinals got DE Calais Campbell instead, a commodity by any measure.

This year, Arizona won't be slow on the draw. If a top-five running back is available, the franchise won't allow another team to call the back's name.

The Cardinals are in need of a game-changing running back who even Kurt Warner wants to hand the ball to. Warner would prefer to pass on almost every play, but Ken Whisenhunt's ultimate goal is to get the pass-rush ratio as close to 50-50 as possible.

The Cardinals ability to involve the ground game in the postseason kept them alive in hopes of the Lombardi Trophy.

Other teams willing, Pittsburgh back LeSean McCoy should be available when the Cardinals are on the clock at No. 31. It appears as if the backs who will go before him are Knowshon Moreno out of Georgia and Chris Wells out of Ohio State.

Results from Moreno's Pro Day are in and his 40-yard dish time was 4.6 and 4.63.

The Cardinals' scouts were in attendance at McCoy's Pro Day to watch him come in at 4.50 and 4.52, which aren't his best times. After not running at the combine because of the flu, the times are disapointing but not devastating.

McCoy's draft stock fluctuates from a first or second rounder. He plays very similar to Moreno who is expected to be the first running back taken in the 2009 NFL Draft.

"He's a great back man," McCoy said of the Moreno comparisons. "With a lot of guys like him, there's not too many negative things in their game. They bring a lot to the table. That makes a lot of us different. With me, when I'm healthy, I can do lot of things as far as between the tackles, outside, I can catch the ball, so I can do a lot of other things for a running back. You can use me in the screen game, you never have to take me out of the game. There are things I can improve on, but for most part I can do anything."

Should he stay or should he go?

McCoy was a bit iffy on his decision to leave Pitt early.

Here's how he explains the the issue from the time he said he wasn't leaving to the time he declared for the draft:

"I honestly made a big mistake," McCoy said. "We were coming off a tough loss, I think to Cincinnati, and we had West Virginia coming up and everybody was talking about me leaving or staying. I'm a team guy first. That close loss had me so frustrated, I wanted to win, I wanted to win even more and put that history back at Pitt. A guy asked me in a meeting, Do you want to stay and I told him yes, I'm staying, I'm not done here. We're so close, so I'm staying. I think that was a mistake, being a young kid."

It was a huge decision to leave early, but he didn't talk to Larry Fitzgerald about it.

"Nah. I talk to Larry all the time, but we don't talk too much about that," McCoy said.

They'll be plenty of time for talking if McCoy joins forces with Fitzgerald in Arizona.


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