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Get to know the Arizona Cardinals undrafted free agents: Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker

NCAA Football: Maryland at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals brought in 12 undrafted free agents following the 2019 NFL Draft. While they’ll have additional players in as tryout players, there are 12 they offered money to and signed.

Each day we will take a look at one or two of the players with a little background information on them.

Murray State quarterback Drew Anderson.

Maine tight end Drew Belcher.

Today, Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker.

Ohio State linebacker DANTE BOOKER (6-3, 240) played in 46 career games (seven starts) and had 74 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks and one pass defensed in his Buckeye career. He played in all 13 games as a senior in 2018 after setting career-highs in 2017 with five tackles for loss and two sacks before a knee injury cut his season short. An Akron, OH native, Booker was the 2013 Mr. Football in the state of Ohio and was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, the same school that produced NBA star LeBron James.

What they said about Booker.

Eleven Warriors:

Dante Booker is not likely to be drafted after playing only 77 defensive snaps as a backup linebacker this past season, but it was only a couple years ago that he was viewed as a potential breakout NFL prospect. While he never performed up to expectations at Ohio State, he should at least get the opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an undrafted free agent

Greg Schiano:

“I tip my hat to him because of the way that he has worked through all of this,” Schiano said. “It’s incredible. You talk about a guy that has resolve. This guy has fought through so much adversity. When you coach a guy like that, you just root for him. You want him to have success. So, I’m hopeful that he can and we can write the end of his career in a really good story.”

Booker’s story is a sad one, but to see him at least get a chance to follow his dream is impressive. Let’s see what he can do fully healthy.