High, crazy praise for Cardinals prospect

August, 6, 2010
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Brandon Keith was one Arizona Cardinals player I wanted to watch at training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Keith
A seventh-round draft choice in 2008, Keith spent his first two NFL seasons in the shadows, appearing in only four games -- none as a starter. The Cardinals made him a starter at right tackle this offseason, but the move didn't get much attention while Arizona adapted to life without Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle.

Keith looked good in the practices I watched, so I decided to get some thoughts on him from one of the Cardinals' defensive linemen.

"He is ready for it to be his time," defensive end Calais Campbell said. "He is a hard worker and an unbelievable talent."

An unbelievable talent? Wasn't Keith a seventh-round choice?

"I think he is going to be one of our best offensive linemen," Campbell said. "He is definitely going to be a future Pro Bowler, a Hall of Famer-type guy. That is coming from a guy who is going against him."

Whoa, wait a minute. Keith hasn't even nailed down a starting job for sure and Campbell is already booking him for Canton via Honolulu?

"He is an unbelievable talent, but then he works hard and he is smart," Campbell said. "Those three things together, and that is what offensive linemen need. I think his work ethic is going to allow him to get better and better, and he's going to go to a lot of Pro Bowls."

File it away. Campbell's assessment could make or break any future he might have in personnel work.

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