Jamell Fleming

Draft Grades: Arizona Cardinals

This was a bold draft for the Arizona Cardinals, who acted more like a team on the verge of contention than one in rebuilding mode. It’s a fine strategy if Kevin Kolb works out, but if their quarterback situation remains a question mark, this could set them back.

Michael Floyd was a luxury pick, but does give Larry Fitzgerald the support he needs. It also shifts Early Doucet back into the slot receiver role, which is a better fit for his skill set.

I like the selection of Jamell Fleming inthe 3rd round. He’ll add some much-needed depth to the secondary and potentially compete for more serious playing time as the season wears on.

The Cardinals should have addressed their offensive line issues before the 4th round. Bobby Massie is a right tackle or a guard, and doesn’t provide them a clear upgrade at any position.

Senio Kelemete may compete for a starting job at either right or left guard, but won’t be a significant upgrade at either position. If he wins a starting job, it will likely be by default, more than the fact that he’s actually ready for the NFL.

Justin Bethel is a nice developmental prospect who could potentially play cornerback or safety. He’ll likely contribute on special teams early while they develop him on defense.

Throwing Ryan Lindley into the mix at quarterback doesn’t really solve any problems. Lindley is a developmental prospect with all the NFL measurables, but accuracy has always been an issue for him.

Nate Potter can play tackle or guard and will compete for a backup job.

This wasn’t one of Rod Graves better draft classes. They could potentially come away with three immediate starters (Floyd, Massie, Kelemete) but that speaks more to the lack of depth on the current roster than the strength of this class.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Cardinals, Draft Grades - 2012 1 Comment

Jamell Fleming scouting report

Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma #32
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 206

Adequate height and good overall bulk. Fairly reliable tackler and fundamentally sound in run support; breaks quickly towards the backfield and sets the edge consistently. Occasionally used on blitzes. Good ball skills when he turns his head in time to see it coming. Decent athleticism; has the fluid hips and quick feet to turn and stay with receivers. Experience on special teams coverage.
Willing to step up and play press coverage, but lacks the quickness to excel in this area and his beat off the first step too often. Takes far too many missteps and will get grabby with receivers to try to recover, which will result in a lot of flags at the next level. Instincts are limited; has the athleticism to stay with receivers, but lacks the ability to anticipate and stay one step ahead. Speed is only average; lacks the ability to recover once he’s beat.Tries to mirror the receiver and does not turn to play the ball often enough.
Fleming has the size and athleticism to play at the next level, but he’s still raw. Right now Fleming’s game is all about reacting to the receiver, which he has the skills to do, but he needs to improve his ability to anticipate. As a corner, especially one without truly elite athleticism, you have to try to stay one step ahead which Fleming is not capable of at this stage in his career. As a result, he’s a developmental prospect, but does have the raw physical tools necessary to improve.
2011 vs Iowa 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off