Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals signed Eastern Washington OT Clay DeBord.

DeBord (6'6/302) made a school-record 51 starts for the Eagles, earning first-team FCS All American in 2015. He drew NFL notice with a big Pro Day, running 5.03 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. DeBord managed only 18 bench-press reps and obviously needs time in the weight room, but he has NFL-level size and athleticism. He's a somewhat intriguing project.
May 1 - 1:19 PM

Cardinals signed Alabama QB Jake Coker.

Coker (6'6/244) rode the bench behind E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston at Florida State before transferring to Alabama, where he went 14-0 as a one-year starter for the national champs. As a senior, Coker completed 66.9% of his throws for 3,110 yards (7.91 YPA) and a 21:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Coker offers NFL size and a "winner" track record, but he is a Mettenbergerian pocket sloth with shaky arm strength and accuracy, and a tendency to wilt and take sacks under pressure. Coker's upside is a long-term clipboard holder.
May 1 - 12:07 PM

Cardinals selected Southeastern Louisiana CB Harlan Miller with the No. 205 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Miller (6'0/182) played cornerback and returned punts for the SE Louisiana Lions, piling up 11 career interceptions and earning first-team All-Southland Conference for his 2015 special teams work. Miller generated Senior Bowl buzz after shutting down Sterling Shepard in practice but flopped at the Combine, running 4.65 with just six reps on the bench. A short-armed (30 7/8") corner with a thin, underdeveloped frame, Miller needs a year in an NFL weight room.
Apr 30 - 4:57 PM

Cardinals selected Harvard OT Cole Toner with the No. 170 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Toner (6'5/306) was a two-year starter for the Crimson, earning first-team FCS All-America as a senior and first-team All-Ivy League in each of his final two seasons. Moderately athletic with the arm length of a guard (33 1/8"), Toner is making a big jump in competition with very average traits and lacking the drive-blocking ability of a pro right tackle. Toner will need to show multi-position versatility to carve out an NFL career.
Apr 30 - 3:27 PM

Cardinals selected Midwestern State S Marqui Christian with the No. 167 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

A small-school safety out of Midwestern State, Christian (5-10,196) was awarded the Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top small-college defender in 2015. He posted a 4.46 forty with a 35.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump at his Pro Day. With limited range and coverage skills, Christian could be limited to special teams in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 3:20 PM

Cardinals selected Missouri C Evan Boehm with the No. 128 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Boehm (6'2/302) made a school-record 52 starts for the Tigers, beginning his career at left guard before settling in at center. He was also a decorated high school wrestler. Known for his toughness, leadership, powerful hands, and ability to overpower college opponents, Boehm is a high-floor prospect with a starter's makeup. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein has compared Boehm to Packers C Corey Linsley. Boehm has a real shot to earn early playing time with the Cardinals.
Apr 30 - 1:35 PM

Cardinals selected Texas A&M CB Brandon Williams with the No. 92 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Williams (5'11/197) spent three years in College Station after transferring from Oklahoma, doubling at cornerback and tailback and posting a career 132-651-4 (4.93 YPC) rushing line. He contributed seven pass breakups on defense in 2015. Although Williams blazed 4.37 at the Combine, he showed limited explosiveness and agility. Williams may have to make his NFL living as a special teams gunner. He's a multi-year project as a cornerback.
Apr 29 - 11:03 PM

Cardinals selected Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Nkemdiche (6'4/294) went to Ole Miss as the nation's No. 1 overall high school recruit, but managed only 6.5 career sacks in 34 starts. He was arrested for marijuana possession after drunkenly falling out of a hotel window last December. Nkemdiche was also accused of assault by a fellow student in 2014. An explosive athlete with plus arm length (33 7/8") and strength (28 bench-press reps), Nkemdiche looks like a potentially dominant interior pass rusher on the hoof. His shortage of college production, suspect off-field decision making, and whispers of poor work ethic render Nkemdiche a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:25 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor confirmed he is "100 percent" recovered from the toe injury he suffered in January.

Okafor was mysteriously placed on the reserve/NFI list prior to the Cardinals' opening playoff game. He refused to get into the specifics of the injury, but the NFI designation suggests he hurt himself away from the team during the first-round bye. Now healthy, Okafor will fill a rotational role behind starters Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Apr 26 - 8:59 AM

Patrick Peterson's (ankle surgery) recovery time is 6-8 weeks.

It means there's a good chance he'll be ready for June's mandatory minicamp, and will be ready to rock well before training camp. "It was just something I needed to get cleaned up and it’s going to make me better this year," was Peterson's quote on the matter. Peterson's name has been bigger than his game at times, but he's coming off a career-best 2015.
Apr 21 - 5:34 PM

The Lions haven't removed Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche from their draft board.

Although prodigiously talented, Nkemdiche is one of this year's biggest "character concerns" heading into draft weekend. "If you have a red flag ... that's just things we have to consider with the value of the player and the risk involved in taking him," GM Bob Quinn said. "It's not like these guys are off the board, but you just have to manage the risk and reward of taking a guy like that." It's not notable in and of itself that Nkemdiche remains on the Lions' draft board, but offers a window into how teams approach supposedly high-risk prospects. There's still a chance Nkemdiche comes off the board on day one.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 21 - 5:21 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel recently underwent surgery to repair a fractured left foot.

Sources told the Arizona Republic that Bethel played last season with a "slight" fracture in the foot. It's surprising he waited until now to have the surgery. Bethel struggled when forced into the starting lineup late last season. The Cardinals need to find someone to push him for a starting job.
Apr 20 - 8:25 PM

Patrick Peterson recently underwent ankle surgery.

He's expected to be full-go by training camp. Peterson injured his ankle against the Bengals last November, but still started all 16 games and had the best season of his career in coverage, also intercepting two passes.
Apr 20 - 8:23 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said 2016 could be his last season.

Fitzgerald’s in the final season of a two-year deal. He rebounded with a career-high 109 catches in 2015, but hasn’t ruled out retiring after this year. "After the season — hopefully it’s in February — I’ll sit down and think about it, what I want to do moving forward," Fitzgerald said. "A lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer) — Carson's playing at a high level. I don't want to go through any other quarterback situations." Fitzgerald showed he had plenty left last year, but might consider retirement if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl. He's entering his age-33 season.
Apr 20 - 6:37 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has packed on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Drafted as a safety 27th overall in the 2014 draft, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals his first two seasons. Arizona wanted to move him back to safety ahead of 2015, but it didn't happen, and Bucannon went on to be PFF's No. 10 inside 'backer, receiving positive marks for both his pass rush and coverage. He was a weak spot in run defense, however.
Apr 20 - 12:33 PM


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