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Monday, March 2, 2009
Sizing up Cardinals' free-agent visitors


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

While the 49ers are preparing to visit with Kurt Warner, the Cardinals will be meeting with free agents Bryant McFadden, LaMont Jordan and fullback John Kuhn. That is the word from Darren Urban of the Cardinals' Web site.

I'll provide snippets of analysis on each player from Scouts Inc.

Kuhn, fullback, Packers: Kuhn is a backup fullback and core special teams player. He is a tough, competitive player with a blue collar mentality. He aligns at both the fullback and wing positions in the Packers' different personnel groupings. He has the willingness to lead up inside and block on the second level. He has decent balance and control when finding targets, while maintaining position. He has the ability to adjust, he's but not a big finisher when inserting as a lead blocker. He will stop feet on contact, but has decent recovery ability.

Jordan, running back, Patriots: Jordan is a downhill runner who has to get a head of steam up before he hits the line of scrimmage to be effective and is not the type who can turn a loss into a gain with elusive running skills. He can bounce the ball to the outside when the middle is plugged up. ... He can fill a need as a power back who catches the ball out of the backfield and can be hard to tackle once he gets to the second level or catches the ball in the open field.

McFadden, cornerback, Steelers: McFadden has a strong well-defined body and adequate height. He plays the run well, is physical near the line of scrimmage and doesn't back down from a physical challenge. McFadden has decent instincts, plays the ball well and is a quick learner. He sees plays develop well and shows excellent competitiveness. He is a good tackler and gets his hands on the ball quite a bit. His speed is just slightly above average and could be exposed against the faster wideouts in the league. His hip turn and change-of-direction skills are also just slightly above average, but he has very good body control and rarely takes false steps, which make up for some of his potential shortcomings.

The Scouts Inc. bios include additional information, but these descriptions should help us better understand what the Cardinals might be seeking.