Yesterday, Jess introduced you to Braeden Clayson, a guard coming out of Idaho State. Clayson was not the only guard that the Cardinals signed for a chance to make it in the NFL. They also inked Blake DeChristopher, a 6'5", 311 pound mammoth out of Virginia Tech.
Here is what the team's press release has to say about DeChristopher:
Guard BLAKE DECHRISTOPHER (6-5, 311) from Virginia Tech appeared in 52 of a possible 55 games (51 starts) in four seasons for the Hokies, including starting all 28 games over the past two years. As a senior in 2011, he earned first-team All-ACC honors and became the first Hokie player to win the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He helped three separate running backs rush for 1,200 yards or more in a season, including Cardinals RB Ryan Williams, who ran for 1,655 yards and 21 TDs in 2009.
DeChristopher has been a solid, healthy part of the Hokie line for four seasons, tallying together 51 games as a starter. Oh, and don't think it is a coincidence that so many good running backs come out of VT. Ryan Williams, a second round pick for the Cards, is scheduled to make his regular season debut in 2012. He ran behind DeChristopher in Virginia and had quite a bit of success doing so.
However, according to National Football Post, DeChristopher may struggle at the next level. They claim that he is not a, "natural bender" and because of his short arms, he has to carry extra weight around his midsection. Read the full scouting report here.
So can DeChristopher make the roster or the practice squad? The Cards already drafted Senio Kelemete to be one of the backup interior linemen, so for DeChristopher to make the final 53, he would really have to impress at training camp. As far as the practice squad goes, he has a shot, albeit a small one.
What do you think? Is DeChristopher apart of the future for the Cardinals? Can he work on his game enough to be? Tell us in the comments section and vote in the poll.
Will Blake DeChristopher make the practice squad?
Yes (121 votes)
No (31 votes)
152 total votes