Arizona Cardinals Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterApril 29, 2013

Arizona Cardinals Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

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    Some NFL hopefuls go undrafted for numerous reasons. They may be small-school products, they may have injury pasts that scare off teams or they may not be draftable based on character concerns. Whatever the reason is, teams wait until after the draft to bring them in as priority free agents. 

    However, it seems like at least one player every year makes a team as an undrafted free agent. After a poor season in 2012, the Arizona Cardinals may be looking for more priority free agents compared to other NFL organizations.

    Let's take a look at the three (so far) undrafted free agents the Cardinals have officially signed to future contracts.

Ronnie Yell, CB, San Jose State

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    Source: Shaun DePasquale of NFLDraftZone.com

    Even though San Jose State cornerback Ronnie Yell was a non-combine invite, his on-field play argued otherwise. During his four-year career with the Spartans, Yell posted eye-opening numbers. He registered 141 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 26 passes defensed.

    Let's not forget the fact he was an above-average kick returner as well. On 33 career returns, he amassed 665 return yards while earning preseason second-team All-WAC honors.

    Yell could sneak onto Arizona's roster based on the team's lack of depth at the position. 

Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona

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    Source: Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun

    For a team that struggled mightily on offense in 2012, the Arizona Cardinals had one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. As a whole the biggest problem wasn't Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd, it was the quarterback position. 

    With some offseason subtractions at wide receiver, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the Cardinals bring in a couple of priority free-agent wideouts. The most notable WR they brought in over the weekend was Arizona product Dan Buckner. 

    Buckner is a tall, lanky prospect who possesses a good catch radius. Despite the physical talent, he struggled off the field to keep his nose clean. This caused some NFL organizations to remove him from their draft boards completely. 

    If Buckner can avoid run-ins with the law, he could be an exciting prospect going forward.

Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma

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    Source: Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun

    Every year the draft provides some major surprises, and this year was no different.

    Guys like Da'Rick Rogers, Tyler Bray and Tony Jefferson all went undrafted. Rogers was considered by some as a second-round pick, Bray was viewed as a strong developmental quarterback and Jefferson drew comparisons to T.J. Ward during the pre-draft process.

    So it's no surprise the Arizona Cardinals swooped in and gave Jefferson a $10,000 signing bonus as a priority free agent. According to Matt Miller's big board, the former Oklahoma Sooner was the seventh-best safety in the entire draft. 

    Look for Jefferson to be one of the only undrafted free agents to land a spot on the 53-man roster.