2009 NFL Draft: Offensive Sleepers

The Arizona Cardinals already feature one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, but they'll set out to acquire even more talent during the draft. With the possible defection of Anquan Boldin and help needed on the offensive line, the Cardinals will depend on the later rounds in order to help build depth. Brad Wilbricht dissects five prospects that could surprise in the professional ranks.

Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue

This year's quarterback class features a great deal of talent at the top but is not overly deep as a whole However, with Kurt Warner's career likely ending after two more years and the uncertainly regarding backup Matt Leinart, Arizona needs to develop a contingency plan for the future. Painter demonstrates adequate arm strength and was an accurate thrower during his college career. Additionally, he's able to buy time in the pocket thanks to his improvisation skills. While the mental side of the game is still a work in progress, Painter has the physical skills to succeed in the NFL.

Devin Moore, RB, Wyoming

While the Cardinals were expected to utilize a top draft pick on a running back last year, that didn't happen and GM Rod Gravies waited until the fifth round to select Tim Hightower. Hightower had a successful rookie campaign and Arizona might wait until the later rounds this year to acquire another young running back. Moore is an extremely quick back with the ability to turn the corner at the NFL level. He would pose as an excellent compliment to Hightower and could be a tremendous addition due to his versatility.

Kory Sperry, TE, Colorado State

Arizona is still in search of a pass-catching tight end and Sperry would provide the Cardinals' offense will just that. With Sperry's athleticism at Arizona's disposal, Ben Patrick could still contribute as a blocking and short yardage tight end with Leonard Pope being used as a more balanced option. If Sperry finds his way to the desert, he could be in store for a monster rookie season due to the talent the Cardinals already hold at wide receiver. Sperry has reliable hands and exhibits the necessary speed to stretch the middle of the field.

Jordan Norwood, WR, Penn State

If Boldin does indeed move on to a new team, the Cardinals may find themselves selecting a new wideout in the later rounds. With Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet already in place, it's very unlikely that Arizona would use anything higher than a fifth-round pick on a wide receiver. That being said, Norwood would be a valuable pickup in the later rounds. Although he's been overshadowed during his college career, he was a dependable and productive receiver. Norwood is a polished route runner and possesses the ability to excel in jump ball situations.

Rob Bruggeman, C, Iowa

Bruggeman is a relative unknown but he hails from a college program with a knack for developing outstanding offensive lineman. With Lyle Sendlein and Pat Ross currently patrolling the center position, Bruggeman could be worth a shot later on in the draft. He displays a high football I.Q. and is a superb run blocker in large part because of his initial quickness off the snap. Bruggeman does need work in regards to his pass protection but if he's able to work with offensive line coach Russ Grimm he could experience a fast learning curve at the professional level.


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