10 NFL Combine Prospects the Arizona Cardinals Must Closely Watch

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10 NFL Combine Prospects the Arizona Cardinals Must Closely Watch
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Former Rutgers Scarlet Knight RB Jawan Jamison reminds some of Ray Rice.

The Arizona Cardinals have a difficult task ahead of them in late April. But before the NFL draft, the Scouting Combine must take place, and we will be highlighting 10 prospects the Cardinals must watch in Indianapolis.

Round 1 is where most fans place the majority of their time and efforts when discussing their favorite team’s draft. And while it is an important pick—17.2 percent of first-round picks (71-of-413) since 2000 started at least 90 percent (44-of-48) of regular-season games during their first three seasons—the six other rounds of picks are nearly as important.

Though teams generally will not find the same kind of production in later rounds as they do in early rounds, there are “diamonds in the rough” in every draft class.

Guys like Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr (Round 5, 2008), New Orleans Saints left guard Carl Nicks (Round 5, 2008), Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (undrafted, 2011) and the Cardinals’ own center, Lyle Sendlein (undrafted, 2007), all have proven to be gems among rocks.

These are the prospects the Cardinals must closely watch during combine week. Could there be another Jared Allen (Round 4, 2004) or Marques Colston (Round 7, 2006) hiding somewhere, waiting for their opportunity to burst onto the NFL scene?

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