Cardinals sign deals with three players selected in 2017 NFL Draft
May 13, 2017, 2:15 PM | Updated: May 14, 2017, 2:18 pm
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The Arizona Cardinals announced Saturday that they’ve signed four-year contracts with three players they selected in this year’s draft.
Arizona inked deals with tackle Will Holden, running back T.J. Logan and cornerback Johnathan “Rudy” Ford.
Holden is a 6-foot-7, 312-pound alumnus of Vanderbilt. It was there that he started 37 games and played both right tackle and left tackle. He played well enough to become the Cardinals’ first of two fifth-round picks (157th overall) in this year’s draft, and ESPN writer Edward Aschoff named Holden as one of his sleeper picks out of the SEC.
Logan also went to the Cardinals in the fifth round when Arizona used its 179th overall pick on the North Carolina product. He posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of any running back at the Combine and sixth-fastest overall. He could see time on special teams and add depth behind David Johnson. He averaged 32.9 yards per return on kickoffs last year with the Tarheels, which was third-most in the country and No. 1 in the ACC.
Rudy Ford had 64 tackles and seven passes defensed last year with the Auburn Tigers. He had a big year in 2015, when he had 118 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Arizona took him in the sixth round after trading up with the Oakland Raiders.