Cardinals Fourth-Round Pick Next DRC?

The Arizona Cardinals made a surprise move by selecting CB Gregory Toler out of St. Pauls College with the 131st selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Cardinals used their fourth-round pick on more defensive power, passing up a few quality and intriguing offensive line and tight end prospects who were still on the board. This sleeper picks has drawn comparisons to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

With the 131st selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cardinals select CB Gregory Toler, out St. Pauls College with their fourth round pick. Cornerback didn't appear to be a glaring need for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals lost CB Eric Green to the Miami Dolphins this offseason, but he was not a big-time contributor and lost his job to rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie before leaving the desert.

Gregory Toler
(St Pauls College)

Roderick Hood and Rodgers-Cromartie created a nice duo last year. Free agent acquisition CB Bryant McFadden will compete with Hood for a starting role. Ralph Brown is a viable backup at corner.

Toler will have to put in the time.

Despite being an unknown commodity to fans, a long list of teams brought Toler (5'11", 191) in for workouts. The Cardinals were one of those teams (out of a reported 17). Toler worked out at the University of Richmond's Pro Day.

The NFL Scouting Combine passed on Toler, but he was able to get his name out there.

"I'm taking that small-school route and, hopefully, I'll get the chance to prove that football is football on any level," Toler said in a March interview. "Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took this route to the NFL, and I'm looking to do the same thing. All I want is a good shot.

The Cardinals gave the speedy cornerback just that.

Unlike Rodgers-Cromartie, Toler didn't have the family name to rely on. Toler has a lot to prove when he gets on the field, but a fourth-round selection proves the Cardinals are pretty confident in the soon-to-be rookie.

One area that the Cardinals struggled with last season, was wrapping up tackles. Toler ranked fourth on the team with 51 total tackles. He led his conference with six interceptions and 19 passes defensed, according to ESPN.


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