PHOENIX -- Jamell Fleming has had some big bowl games in the Valley, and the Cardinals believe there are a lot more in him.
The Cardinals selected Fleming, a cornerback from Oklahoma, with their third-round pick in the NFL draft Friday, in part because they see him as a physical component to counter the NFLs gradual evolution into a pass-first league. He was the defensive MVP of the 2010 Insight Bowl and MVP of the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, and he played well in the Big 12, where the spread offense is king.
In todays NFL, you are going to see multiple receiver sets, and you cant have enough of these kind of guys. Hes a physical corner who we think can matchup. In the Big 12 they spread you out, and he did a nice job in some of the games he was forced into that role, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
Fleming, who does no appear to lack confidence, is ready for the challenge.
Im going to make a play. Thats what my mindset is. I have to have the ball, Fleming said.
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