NFL Draft: Cardinals select offensive tackle Will Holden

The Arizona Cardinals selected another offensive lineman in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, picking Will Holden out of Vanderbilt.

After picking up an offensive lineman in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, the Cardinals could have elected to pursue help for their defensive backfield or add a tight end in the fifth round.

However, the Cardinals decided to add another offensive lineman, this time choosing tackle Will Holden out of Vanderbilt.

A three-year starter for the Commodores at the college level, Holden has the potential to play either tackle position in the NFL and figures to compete for a role as a backup right tackle as a rookie.

At 6-foot-7 and 311 pounds, Holden is one of the tallest prospects in this year's draft, and was considered a mid-round prospect who wound up slipping to the Cardinals with the 157th overall selection in the fifth round.

Holden measured in with 33 1/4 inch arms and 10 1/8 inch hands at the NFL Combine, where he posted a 5.47-second time in the 40-yard dash and recorded 23 reps on the bench press. Holden was one of the top tackles at the Combine in the broad jump, as he leapt 111.0 inches.

Holden joins Pittsburgh offensive guard Dorian Johnson as the second straight offensive lineman to be selected by the Cardinals, as the organization opted for Johnson with its fourth round pick.

The Cardinals haven't had great success with the prospects they've chosen in the fifth round under general manager Steve Keim, but the franchise's 2015 fifth round pick, wide receiver J.J. Nelson, did enjoy a breakout campaign during the 2016 season.

Holden is the fifth player the Cardinals selected in this year's NFL Draft, joining Johnson, first round selection Haason Reddick, second round pick Budda Baker and third round choice Chad Williams.

Arizona has three selections remaining in this year's draft, as the Cardinals will be on the clock once again in the fifth round with the 179th overall pick before the organization rounds out the draft with two seventh round selections. 

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