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Arizona Cardinals select offensive lineman Jon Gaines II in fourth round of 2023 NFL Draft

Freak athlete guard from UCLA is heading to Arizona

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 19 USC at UCLA Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals have selected Jon Gaines, the freak athlete guard from UCLA with the 122nd pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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  • Highly intelligent and assignment oriented.
  • Has started at center, guard and tackle.
  • Quick switch and capture of A-gap defender in run blitz.
  • Good radar and feel to find his targets on wide pulls.
  • Hits his landmarks with accuracy as zone blocker.
  • Actively searches for hand resets inside the rush rep.

He has incredible athleticism and if you follow the Josh Norris principle, he has a great chance of being a starter in the NFL.

This is a big thing for the Arizona Cardinals and a huge departure from what we saw in the Steve Keim era where they drafted smaller, mediocre athletes on day three hoping to find a gem.

Instead, now you get an undersized center/guard, who has played both in college with incredible athleticism.

Welcome to the desert, Jon.