It might have taken three days but Vanderbilt offensive tackle Will Holden finally heard his name called as the Arizona Cardinals selected the All-SEC lineman with the 157th pick of the 5th round.
The offensive line draft class was considered the weakest position group of the draft but Holden was seen as one of the better prospects. The Cardinals targeted Holden as someone they wanted and someone who would add great value to their offensive line.
Holden is a big man at 6'7 300 plus pounds and someone who has the versatility to play multiple positions along the line. The Cardinals like Holden at tackle and even believe he could play the money position, left tackle in the pro's. Headed into camp, Holden will be placed at right tackle and immediately be given the role as backup to both Jared Veldheer and D.J. Humphries.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians likes Holden quite a bit and thinks he could be staple along their offensive line for many years to come. His value to swing down to guard was also a big reason behind the Cardinals interest in the Commodores lineman.
Holden was a three year starter at Vanderbilt at both right and left tackle. Last year as a senior, Holden earned 2nd team All-SEC after manning the blind side and showing that can bend, stay low and handle elite pass rushers. More time to develop and the ability to work within a pro system, could land Holden inside the starting lineup sooner rather than later.