Here in Arizona the Cardinals added 14 such playe

Here in Arizona the Cardinals added 14 such playe

first_imgHere in Arizona, the Cardinals added 14 such players. One of them, defensive tackle Xavier Williams from Northern Iowa, was ranked as one of the top five undrafted free agent signings by NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter.The Cardinals lost starting nose tackle Dan Williams in free agency, and Alameda Ta’amu didn’t have any competition until another Williams was brought to town. He’s an active defender who displayed enough at his pro day (5.31 40 at 320 pounds, 30 reps on the bench press) to show he’s a nose tackle with some movement skills. NFL coaching plus a pro weight and conditioning routine will do him wonders. Williams tallied eight sacks in 14 games last season. He finished his career at Northern Iowa with 93 total tackles and is the school’s all-time leader in blocked kicks, with 12. According to his NFL.com draft profile, he’s a former wrestler who, “plays with low center of gravity and displays natural strength and leverage.” They also praise his effort and toughness.However, the profile says he is slow to react off the snap and struggled against tougher competition while in college.He was projected to be a sixth or seventh-round pick, with the idea that more seasoning and quality coaching should lead to an improved player. Top Stories No player leaves college hoping to not hear his name called during the NFL Draft.But going undrafted does not mean one’s career has come to an end.Plenty of players end up signing with teams as undrafted rookie free agents, a route some feel is even better than being selected in the final couple of rounds.After all, being a free agent allows a player to choose their team, in a way, looking for the best fit where they’ll have a chance to stick and succeed. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img

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