May 11, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals tackle (76) Nate Potter throws a medicine ball during rookie mini camp at the Cardinals practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
After signing four of their seven draft picks on Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals announced on Thursday that they have signed seventh round draft pick Nate Potter to a four-year contract. Potter was the 221st pick in this year's draft.
He earned first-team All-America accolades and was one of two players to be unanimously selected All-Mountain West Conference first-team last year after starting all 13 games at left tackle. He finished his collegiate career by starting in 34 consecutive games and helped the Broncos offensive line give up the fewest sacks in the nation in 2011, allowing only eight sacks on 477 pass plays. The Boise State offense also finished ninth nationally in total offense (481.2 ypg) and fifth in scoring (44.2 ppg) last season.
The Boise, ID native finished his career with 42 starts in four seasons, appearing in 51 of a possible 53 games.
Potter is not expected to be a contributor right away. As almost any seventh rounder, he is a project. At tackle, the team is already set on the left side with Levi Brown and on the right side with either Jeremy Bridges or rookie Bobby Massie.
However, as football goes, it doesn't take much for a young player to end up on the field. \
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