Arizona Cardinals Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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Arizona Cardinals Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee
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The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2014 NFL draft with only six picks after giving up their seventh-round selection to the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer. General manager Steve Keim pulled off a trade with the New Orleans Saints, swapping first-rounders and grabbing a third-rounder in the process.

With New Orleans' original first-round pick, Arizona selected strong safety Deone Bucannon out of Washington State, confusing some fans and even a few "experts" but elating most. Bucannon is one of the hardest hitting defenders in the draft, and he will start from Day 1 and provide in-the-box and tight end coverage help.

In Round 2, Keim nabbed former Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas, all but bringing to an end the Rob Housler experiment in Arizona. Niklas will start immediately, though it's unknown which other tight end will start next to him at this point.

Former North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin was the first third-round pick for the Cardinals, at No. 84 overall. He will be a rotational pass-rusher early on.

From there, Keim added another defensive lineman in Ed Stinson, two receivers in John Brown and Walt Powell and quarterback Logan Thomas of Arians' alma mater, Virginia Tech. Thomas will fight with Ryan Lindley for the No. 3 spot on the roster. It's doubtful both are kept, so that does not bode well for Lindley.

Look for the Cardinals to add offensive linemen, running backs and pass-rushers, among other positions that will be addressed in undrafted free agency.

Here is a run down of every player added through UDFA.

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