BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The amount of young men the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff will trot in and out of the Tempe, Ariz., facility for workouts will be pretty high, as they survey what’s out there talent wise, with the 2016 NFL Draft a little over a month away.
Two positions they have to address sooner or later, are the quarterback position, and the long snapper position. With Carson Palmer heading into his 14th season, and Mike Leach retiring after putting in his 16 years, Arizona is doing their due diligence in figuring how to approach these two dilemmas.
According to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are having former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in on Wednesday for a workout.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2016
That’s not all: NFL Draft Analyst Tony Pauline is reporting that the Cardinals are also hosting former Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel sometime this week.
Jeff Driskel set to workout for the Arizona Cardinals later this week https://t.co/vJfZVKFZd3
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 22, 2016
As far as long snapper goes, NFL Network’s Rand Getlin is hearing that the Cardinals have already worked out former Portland State long snapper Kameron Canaday.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 23, 2016
Prescott and Driskel are both grading out as third-round selections, according to WalterFootball.com, who actually have the Cardinals taking Driskel with the 92nd overall pick.
Prescott, who scouts are comparing to former Chandler quarterback and current Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, has impressed those same scouts with his strong body. They love his arm strength and the accuracy on his throws. His 37 rushing touchdowns and 94 rushes of ten yards or more over the last three years, shows his ability to make things happen outside the pocket as well. Because he had poor protection in his final season with the Bulldogs, his accuracy on intermediate to deep throws suffered. Scouts want to see Prescott be more aggressive and attack defenses more, rather than laying back on the underneath coverages.
Driskel, who’s ironically being compared to current Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, earned Conference USA Newcomer of the Year honors and honorable mention all-conference mention for the 4,033 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions he had last season. Scouts like Driskel’s feet, which are active as he’s surveying his targets. They like that he can get rid of the ball quickly, and the accuracy he displays in his short passing game is also a plus. On the flip side, scouts want to see Driskel show more accuracy on his deep throws, which oftentimes are thrown well past an open wide receiver.
Canaday was named a preseason All-American by Stats Inc., and he was also a member of the College Sporting News Preseason Fabulous 50. Canaday was one of the most experienced players for the Vikings. He started 29 games coming into the 2015 season. Before becoming a long snapper, Canaday was a defensive lineman. He also played basketball in high school.