Trannon Catches On With Arizona Cardinals

The problem for Trannon seems to be his size would dictate that he would translate more to the tight end position.

EAST LANSING - Maybe Matt Trannon should have played basketball after all?

After passing up his senior season to work on getting ready for the NFL combine, former MSU receiver Matt Trannon, who excelled at two sports in East Lansing didn't hear his name called and instead, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, due in large part because his cousin, Lonnie Young is a scout for Arizona and recommended him.

Trannon is not without credentials after breaking MSU's single game receiving mark this season and recording 148 receptions for 1,755 yards in his collegiate career.

The problem for Trannon seems to be his size would dictate that he would translate more to the tight end position.

At 6-foot-6, 235-pounds and with soft hands, he would make an imposing target if he can make the transition inside. He'll also have to play some special teams for the Cardinals, likely in the very physical wedge position if he's going to make it.

He says he's willing to consider the transition to tight end, but would prefer to be a big possession receiver.

"If it comes to that, where I need to look at tight end, I will. I think not playing basketball was the right decision. I already showed what I could do on the court and I needed to concentrate on football," Trannon told the Lansing State Journal

If Trannon doesn't make it in the NFL, he has options. He could work out for NBA teams and try to catch on someone's roster, he could play in Europe, he could try his hand at the Arena Football League or the Canadian Football League.


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