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Five intriguing Cardinals' undrafted free agents

The Arizona Cardinals announced the additions of 17 undrafted free agents on Tuesday. Here are the five players CardinalsSource believes will provide the most intrigue during camp.

Sojourn Shelton --Cornerback, Wisconsin-- The Cardinals likely ended up winning a bidding war for Shelton's services as an undrafted free agent, considering the team reportedly gave him one of the largest bonuses of any undrafted player in 2017. The reported signing bonus of $25,000 Shelton received suggests Arizona believes he has a chance to make the team's 53-man roster, whether it be as a cornerback or a special teams asset. During his career at Wisconsin, the undersized Shelton was a four-year starter who played his best ball as a senior, putting together a season in which he racked up 12 passes defended and four interceptions and proved himself as one of the best pure cover corners in the Big 10. The long-term concerns about Shelton, and the primary reason he didn't get drafted, are due to his slight 5-foot-9, 177-pound frame which is unusually small, even by cornerback standards. Nevertheless, the Cardinals have had success with undersized defensive backs in the past, and we think Shelton has the man-to-man coverage skills to help a team in a nickel or dime package. 

Trevor Knight --Quarterback, Texas A&M-- A graduate transfer from Oklahoma, Knight took over as the Aggies' starting quarterback in 2016 and performed reasonably well, throwing for 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns. However, Knight was one of the least accurate draft-eligible quarterbacks in this year's class, and he's a massive project at the position. If Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians wants to dedicate the time to reworking all of Knight's throwing mechanics and footwork, then Arizona may have a potential practice squad quarterback to work with who has the instincts and arm strength to eventually succeed at some point during his career if all goes according to plan. Still, the fact the Cardinals took a flier on Knight is somewhat surprising, considering he's not necessarily an ideal fit for Arians' offensive system. His shaky accuracy aside, Knight is actually an NFL-caliber athlete and perhaps the Cardinals see a future for him at a different position, but it's unlikely he winds up taking a professional snap as a quarterback.

Ricky Seals-Jones --Tight end, Texas A&M-- One of the highest-rated wide receiver recruits in his high school class, Seals-Jones was never able to translate that success to the college level because he lacked the speed and precision to find open space on his routes. At 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds, Seals-Jones is attempting to transition from wide receiver to tight end in the NFL, and we think it's a decision that has the potential to improve his stock in the eyes of the Cardinals' coaching staff. Arizona has a demonstrated need behind Jermaine Gresham at the tight end position, and while Seals-Jones doesn't necessarily have the blocking experience to step in and contribute as a rookie, there's the potential for Arizona to stash him away on the practice squad and eventually elevate him to the active roster when the injury bug bites the team at the position --as it has in each of the past three seasons. 

Collin Bevins --Defensive tackle, Northwest Missouri State-- A Division II prospect who began his career at Iowa State before dropping down, Bevins was one of the most productive small-school defensive players in the country over his collegiate career. Bevins set school records with 58.5 tackles for loss and 34.0 sacks during his career, and the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder clearly has the size to play in the NFL. Bevins isn't a twitchy athlete who couples his raw size with impressive explosiveness, but he's a downhill rusher who understands how to play at the line of scrimmage and is somewhat reminiscent of Cardinals' defensive end Josh Mauro. Like Bevins, Mauro was an undrafted free agent who didn't wow scouts with his speed, but both players looked rugged and tough on film at the college level and that should translate well.

Krishawn Hogan --Wide receiver, Marian University-- Hogan began his college career at Walsh University before spending his final three seasons playing wide receiver at Marian University. If you haven't heard of those schools before or don't think of them as traditional NFL powerhouses, well, you're not alone. The reason Hogan makes this list is because the Cardinals aren't afraid to give opportunities to small school wide receivers, and Hogan was even more productive at the college level than last year's camp standouts, Chris Hubert and Marquis Bundy. Hogan recorded 263 receptions, 4,395 yards and 42 touchdowns in three years at Marian, an NAIA school where the competition isn't close to what he'll face at his first NFL practice, but nevertheless, he has the size at 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds and the demonstrated production that gives the Cardinals hope that perhaps he'll be the next diamond in the rough. 


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