Cards' Visit Four RBs in Advance of the Draft

The Cardinals expect to draft a running back in the draft. While most anticipate the ball carrier will come in the first round as a long-term replacement for Edgerrin James, the Cardinals are shopping different options. Arizona has held private visits with at least four running backs whose projections range all over the board. Arizona hasn't picked a first-round back since 2000, is this the year?

Each of these players had a private visit with the Cardinals, as confirmed by Scout.com

RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State

The likelihood of Wells falling to No. 31 is unlikely, but the Cardinals can dream can't they? Or maybe they expect another first round pick courtesy of an Anquan Boldin trade. Wells is the homerun back the Cardinals pine over.

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RB Andre Brown, North Carolina State

Brown is just outside the top-five backs in this year's draft. Brown boasts blazing speed and came in the top-four in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, 4.49. Brown really didn't have the carries as some of the other top backs but if the first two rounds go haywire for the Cardinals, they might be able to pick him up in the third round.

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RB Shonn Greene, Iowa

Greene (5'11", 227) capped 2008 with 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns. He might lack the experience to make a smooth transition to the NFL but scouts like him, and he is projected in the second or third round.

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RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, Pittsburgh

Stephens-Howling turned an undrafted free agent rookie projection to a possible sixth or seven round forecast with a fantastic Pro Day last month.

Scout.com's Adam Caplan reported that Stephens-Howling ran a blistering 4.41 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 33'. Caplan says he also benched an impressive 18 reps at 225 pounds.

Stephens-Howling projects to be a change of pace back at the next level. An NFL scout compared Stephens-Howling to San Diego Chargers RB Darren Sproles. Comparisons have been made between Sproles and J.J. Arrington who left for the Denver Broncos. The Cardinals would have liked to hang on to Arrington but could nab Stephens-Howling who they saw workout at his Pro Day and held a private visit with as well.


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