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5-1-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - UDFA Siginings Announced

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 Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE
Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Time for some links, with the main news being that the Cardinals are starting to announce the names of some of the UDFA's they have brought into the building.

Arizona Cardinals News:

With Draftees, A Waiting Game
No way to know yet what picks will produce this season

Cardinals add 17 undrafted free agents
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with 17 undrafted rookie free agents, including a pair of linebackers who played collegiately in the state of Arizona. Bio details courtesy of the team. Players are listed alphabetically.

Arizona Cardinals like a lot about QB Ryan Lindley
Ryan Lindley started 49 consecutive games at quarterback for San Diego State. He's 6-feet-3-inches and 232 pounds, and he can make a football spin as fast as a centrifuge. So why did he last until the sixth round of the NFL draft last weekend, where he was taken by the Cardinals? Accuracy. Or the lack of it. Lindley's highest completion percentage in four years was 57.72, and last year it dipped to 53.02. "I've been blessed with a pretty good arm," he said. "At the same time, I think something that has hurt me in the past is accuracy, and a lot of that for me is my footwork, which I have been working on a ton." The footwork of quarterbacks has been a continuing theme for the Cardinals in recent years. Matt Leinart struggled with it, as did Derek Anderson. It will be a point of emphasis this off-season for John Skelton and Kevin Kolb.

What they're saying about the Cardinals' draft -
Three days of selections, trades and speculation are now in the history books. Two-hundred-fifty-three players have now made the jump from college football to the NFL following the 2012 draft. The Arizona Cardinals selected a total of seven players during the weekend, and locally, are getting a lot of praise for what they accomplished. But what are the national experts saying?

Cardinals had a solid draft -
It's hard not to like what the Cardinals did in the NFL draft. Michael Floyd was a need and a necessity as the Cardinals have struggled with finding a #2 receiver ever since they decided not to pay Anquan Boldin the money he wanted and shipped him to Baltimore.

Word From the Birds Blog | With the undrafteds, the better Devil?
There was plenty of pre-draft talk about Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict and where he might land (and for those who don’t know, Burfict was the one-time first-round candidate who ended up going undrafted and signing with the Bengals.) But for all of Burfict’s hype, many thought he wasn’t even the best linebacker at ASU. That nod usually went to Colin Parker, who was one of 17 undrafted rookie free agents the Cards came to terms with:

Parker, Vassallo among Cardinals rookie free agents -
After adding seven players to their roster via the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have inked seventeen undrafted rookies to contracts. Among the seventeen are former ASU linebacker Colin Parker and Arizona linebacker Paul Vassallo.

Rumor: Cardinals invite Oregon QB Thomas to minicamp -
Darron Thomas' decision to leave Oregon for the NFL after his junior season was met with surprise and skepticism, both of which were validated when the QB was not one of the 253 players taken. However, his NFL dream will have a chance to live on, possibly with the Arizona Cardinals.

Word From the Birds Blog | Whiz: Floyd was seventh on the board
Coach Ken Whisenhunt was on NFL Network today and mentioned that wide receiver Michael Floyd was the seventh-rated player on the Cards’ 120 board, and the second-rated receiver (who went unnamed, but it was undoubtedly Justin Blackmon.) Most analysts had six "elite" players at the top of the draft, and assuming the Cards had the same guys — Luck, Richardson, Blackmon, Griffin, Kalil and Claiborne — in the top six, then Floyd was the guy right after and the natural pick at No. 13 overall. No word on what Floyd was graded. We know Patrick Peterson, the fifth pick last year, was a 90, however. In the end, you figure he had relatively lofty number. And the Cards definitely were happy to have him available.

Whisenhunt Talks Draft on NFLTA
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt talked about first-round pick Michael Floyd, the quarterback competition and more on NFL Total Access.

Arizona Sports News:

Pat Corbin solid in major-league debut as Diamondbacks defeat Marlins
Pat Corbin pitched 5 2/3 innings Monday to earn a victory in his major-league debut. He struck out six, while allowing three earned runs on eight hits, to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-5 win over the Miami Marlins. Corbin, 22, replaced right-hander Josh Collmenter in Arizona's starting rotation. He had a 1.67 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 27 innings in Double A Mobile this season.

Ten former ASU football players sign free agent NFL contracts
ASU had two players chosen in the 2012 NFL draft, both by the Denver Broncos. Another ten players have agreed to free agent contracts with teams around the league. Here's the full list.

(If Azcentral had the list of U of A players when I looked, I would also post that)

New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire cuts hand on fire-extinguisher case glass after loss to Miami Heat
Drops of blood stained the carpet leading up to the back entrance of the New York Knicks' locker room. The glass portion of a nearby fire-extinguisher case was quickly replaced. And Amare Stoudemire needed doctors and paramedics to treat a postgame cut on his left hand. Game 2 probably wasn't all the Knicks lost in Miami on Monday night.

(Posting this because he is a former Sun)

NFL News:

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Who Wins The Matt Barkley Prize? -
Matt Barkley is the big prize in the 2013 NFL Draft. Which team will draft the USC superstar next spring? Our first NFL mock draft for 2013.

(For some reason, they think we will get worse)