With Cowboys Stadium now in Arlington, Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming no longer has to explain where his hometown is.
“We already had the Rangers and Six Flags, but this put us more on the map,” Fleming said Thursday. “People used to always ask me: Where is Arlington? I’d say, ‘Our city is way bigger than your city.’
“But I’m happy the Cowboys got here, because you can’t admit you don’t where Arlington is anymore. That means you don’t know where the Cowboys are.”
Fleming was one of the most high-profile players at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday for the team’s annual Dallas Day workouts. Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller, A&M running back Cyrus Gray, TCU linebacker Tank Carder, TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton, LSU cornerback Ron Brooks and Tarleton State quarterback Nick Stephens were among other local invitees.
Fleming started out as a receiver at Arlington Seguin, where his father was the running backs coach. But a lack of corners, and his athleticism, got him moved to corner his sophomore season.
He has never looked back.
Fleming always has been “too slow.” He ran only a 4.53 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. But his 60-yard shuttle (10.75) led all players at his position, and he ranked among the top-five cornerbacks in the three-cone drill (6.81) and the short shuttle (3.97).
Fleming’s stock had been on the rise since the Senior Bowl in January when he showed “good quickness, agility and physicality,” according to NFL Draft Scout.
Projected as a second-round pick, the 5-11, 206-pounder is ready to make Arlington and OU proud.
“I’m not slow. I’m not small. I’m not weak,” Fleming said. “I think if you watched any games you know that.”
-- Charean Williams