The Arizona Cardinals, after trading down six picks with the New York Giants, picking up an additional sixth round selection, now have added guard Earl Watford from James Madison to the mix.
He is the second guard that the Cardinals have taken in the draft, as they used their first round selection, the seventh pick overall, to take North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper.
Watford is 6-4, 300 pounds.
The Indianapolis Colts site, Stampede Blue, did a profile on Watford.
"Watford played in 43 games for the Dukes, starting 37 of them, almost exclusively at left guard, but did start one game as a tackle back when he was a freshman. He was named First Team All-CAA both in 2011 and in 2012, anchoring an offensive line where he only allowed one sack all year last season. He's an athletic guy (not your typical Guard), running a 5.06 40 and a 5 second flat 20 yard shuttle, which is especially helpful when pulling and getting up field.
"Obviously the biggest knock on Watford is the competition level, playing in FCS. He did get to play in the East-West Shrine game, but there isn't much information out there about how he fared. Teams will obviously be clued in much more than us fans are about his skill level. They did play a few FBS teams (WVU) over the years, but not consistently. It doesn't mean he can't make the jump, as many other FCS players have done, just a bit of an unknown at this point."
He will be added to compete with Daryn Colledge. Will he supplant him this year? That will be determined in the months to come.
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