The Arizona Cardinals have found success with undrafted rookies recently. In 2013, safety Tony Jefferson and Jaron Brown made the team. Jefferson became a starter in his second year while Brown was given playing time and is a core special teams player.
In 2014, the found kicker Chandler Catanzaro and guard Anthony Steen. Catanzaro won the kicking job over veteran Jay Feely. Steen was on the active roster for the last several weeks of the season.
Who will be this year's standouts?
According to to a report by Kent Somers, you might be able to makes some guesses based on the amount of signing bonus the team paid the player.
Each team is allowed roughly $86,000 they can spend on signing rookies who went undrafted. This year, the Cardinals paid the most to undrafted linebacker Alani Fua out of BYU. He got $17,000. The 6-5, 235-pound linebacker is quick. While only ran a 4.73 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, he recorded a 4.59 at his Pro Day. At the Combine, he also had the best 3-cone drill of his position group -- 6.83 seconds, which is right there with the best cornerbacks.
With the inside linebacker position a bit up in the air, Fua and his speed could find a roster spot. Head coach Bruce Arians has indicated special teams play will be a huge factor.
Fua, with his $17,000 bonus, was paid more than double all but two other rookies got.
NC State tackle Robert Crisp was paid $15,000 and Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley was given $9,000. Two other players got $8,000 and from there it went down.
One undrafted rookie got no signing bonus -- Shippensburg receiver Trevor Harman, who also happens to be Bruce Arians' nephew.
Just by looking at their bonuses, it would appear the team has the highest hopes for both Fua and Crisp. We will see how this plays out in the offseason and in training camp.