Blake Whiteheart best UDFA addition for Cardinals in The Athletic ranking

May 11, 2023, 3:23 PM

Blake Whiteheart scores a TD...

Blake Whiteheart #85 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons catches a 19-yard pass for a touchdown against Trenton Simpson #22 of the Clemson Tigers during the second half of their game at Truist Field on September 24, 2022 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Clemson won 51-45 in 2OT. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals added 10 undrafted rookie free agents to the mix shortly after the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft.

But there’s one in particular The Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner believes is the best fit for the rebuilding Cardinals in Wake Forest tight end Blake Whiteheart.

Whiteheart is a 6-foot-3, 247-pound potential H-back/flex tight end with 32 1/8-inch arms. He also can hang around the line of scrimmage as a U tight end and block with athleticism on the edge. There’s not a ton of experience here — just 13 starts in college (50 appearances) — but he was rock solid for Dave Clawson last season. If he’s a willing blocker, he’ll have a shot.

Whiteheart is coming off his best season at Wake Forest, recording 295 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 24 catches.

He now joins a tight ends room that features Zach Ertz and Trey McBride as the team’s top options at the position.

There could, however, be opportunities for Whiteheart and other large-bodied pass catchers with Ertz still progressing from a torn ACL suffered in a Week 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Ertz said during voluntary workouts this offseason his target is to return by Arizona’s season opener, though understands not all knee injuries and the rehab that goes into the recovery are the same.

“Week 1 is obviously the goal. That’s about 10 months almost post-injury,” Ertz told reporters on April 11. “Unfortunately, rehabs aren’t linear progressions, so you can’t make bold statements and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be 100%, I’m going to be my old self Week 1.’

“But I’m doing everything I can to put the best version of myself on the field each and every day and hopefully that ends up with me being ready to go Week 1.”

Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins...

Tyler Drake

Gannon: WR DeAndre Hopkins’ release best thing for Cardinals

No matter how it all shook out, the Arizona Cardinals parting ways with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this offseason was expected.

10 hours ago

Kyzir White...

Tyler Drake

Kyzir White already running with role as Cardinals’ defensive general

Kyzir White's role at MIKE linebacker could slide Zaven Collins to the edge for the Arizona Cardinals defense.

1 day ago

Hollywood Brown...

Tyler Drake

Marquise Brown leads Cardinals WRs into life post-DeAndre Hopkins

There's no way around it, the Arizona Cardinals' wide receivers room took a shot Friday morning with the release of DeAndre Hopkins.

1 day ago

Isaiah Simmons practices...

Tyler Drake

Nick Rallis, Cardinals not rushing process with LB Isaiah Simmons

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons has been a defensive nomad throughout his career. Will he have a home in Year 4?

2 days ago

Budda Baker #3 of the Arizona Cardinals shakes hands with fans after beating the Seattle Seahawks 2...

Wills Rice

Carson Palmer believes Cardinals need Budda Baker

Carson Palmer thinks keeping safety Budda Baker around is vital for the rebuilding years of the Arizona Cardinals.

2 days ago

DeAndre Hopkins...

Arizona Sports

Breer: ‘There’s a healthy divide’ on what ex-Cardinal DeAndre Hopkins has left

The MMQB's Albert Breer sees a split between those who think Hopkins still has something left and those who feel his price tag is too steep.

3 days ago

Blake Whiteheart best UDFA addition for Cardinals in The Athletic ranking