Roberts is a small-school prospect, an area where the Cardinals have found success in recent years. Arizona went a similar route in the past two drafts when it selected players with related backgrounds, cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Toler. Both players are slotted to start heading into the 2010 campaign. While Toler entered the NFL as a raw talent, Roberts' skill-set is more comparable to Rodgers-Cromartie at this point in his career. Roberts is an extremely polished receiver and is expected to contribute immediately.
While other receiving prospects may boast more potential in the years to come, few others are thought to be as NFL-ready. Roberts displays a tremendous burst of speed off the line of scrimmage, a quality that should allow him to create separation from opposing cornerbacks. Furthermore, Roberts is a versatile route runner and shows elusiveness in the open field after the catch.
In addition to Fitzgerald and Breaston, third-year WR Early Doucet should also help fill the void left by Boldin. After a relatively quiet rookie season, Doucet hauled in 17 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown a year ago. He's been termed as a Boldin clone and could often line up opposite of Fitzgerald with Breaston continuing to work as a slot receiver. Despite the positives surrounding Doucet, there are some concerns particularly his sporadic hands.
Meanwhile, Roberts will likely come to the desert as the fourth option at wide receiver but will have the opportunity to move up. Although the notion of Roberts jumping into the starting lineup is a long shot, he could pass Doucet will a strong training camp and preseason. Along with his duties on offense, Roberts should also see the field on special teams. Roberts is an experienced return option and should partner with RB LaRod Stephens-Howling to boost the Cardinals' special teams unit.
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