Cardinals Scout Top Linebacker Prospects

Arizona Cardinals scouts are scouring the country looking for next year's draft picks.'s draft analyst Chris Steuber confirmed a college matchup that a Cardinals scout attended last Saturday. See which two players could have their name's circled to possibly replace Karlos Dansby who has one foot out of the desert.

Chris Steuber reported that a Cardinals scout attended the Texas State, TCU game last Saturday.

Here is Chris Steuber's scouting report:

The Horned Frogs, TCU, have two premiere defensive prospects that scouts are salivating over, outside linebacker Jerry Hughes and middle linebacker Daryl Washington.

Hughes is the program's prized prospect and a legitimate first round selection next April. At 6-foot-2, 257 pounds, Hughes is a tweener who can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up; he's best suited to play OLB in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He has a quick first step and is tough to control off the edge. He plays with great leverage and suddenness, and changes direction fluidly while in pursuit. He possesses a solid repertoire of moves and is able to get off blocks consistently with his high motor and tenacity on the field. He gets good depth on his drops and is able to cover a large area because of his athleticism. Hughes recorded 52 tackles, 19.5 for a loss, 15 sacks and two interceptions during the 2008 season.

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At 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, Washington is one of the elite inside linebackers in the nation and has demonstrated great leadership qualities on defense. Entering his second year as a starter, Washington had 63 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three sacks and an interception last season. Washington plays with a mean streak and isn't afraid to get dirty. He diagnoses the action well and displays great lateral movement making plays sideline-to-sideline. He has a desired frame, but has to add more size. However, he's able to hold his own against bigger opponents, shed blocks and position himself to make tackles. He's disciplined in coverage and is always around the ball. An intelligent defender who's still learning the game, Washington gives maximum effort at all times.

Also generating interest on defense is cornerback Rafael Priest. Priest is entering his fourth year as a starter and has been a reliable, consistent performer. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Priest is a quality cover corner that has great speed, but lacks the ball skills necessary to be a difference maker.

Texas State has two prospects, senior QB Bradley George and junior RB Karrington Bush.

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