2014 DRAFT ISSUE
Undrafted Free Agents
Announced by Cardinals
Jake Coker QB 6-5 236 Alabama
STRENGTHS Outstanding size and overall build /looks the part of an NFL quarterback. When needed, can call on more heat on his fastball. Finished the season with 30 completions of 25-plus yards. Throws deep ball with touch and enough accuracy. Classic step-and-throw delivery with sound mechanics from the pocket. Ball comes out with a tight spiral. Is generally accurate with solid ball placement when feet are planted and comfortable. Poise is okay. Despite size is a functional scrambler out of the pocket with six carries going for 15-plus yards. Played his best football in the postseason.
WEAKNESSES Deliberate to the point of being slow in his setup. Delivery and release are lethargic allowing linemen to bat throws down and corners to get a head start. Needs plays to stay on schedule. May not have arm talent and twitch to cut accurate throws loose from off-balance angles. Accuracy becomes very iffy when rolling out to his right. Stares down targets. Plenty of single read throws. Will run himself into sacks and pressure. Not a fit for "hero ball". Needs to get rid of ball rather than keep trying to make something happen.
BOTTOM LINE He has the size, touch and ability to threaten defenses vertically that will intrigue many teams. His six-touchdown, no-interception run from SEC Championship Game through the playoffs should not be ignored. While I have concerns about his delivery speed causing NFL passing windows to close down...there will likely be a team that sees his late-season play as a sign of his NFL potential with more coaching and experience.
Jared Baker RB 5-8 192 Arizona
Amir Carlisle WR 5-9 191, Notre Dame
Chris King WR 6-1 196 Duquesne
Bobo Beathard WR 5-10 190 App St
Hakeem Valles TE 6-3 242 Monmouth
Givens Price T 6-4 315 Nebraska
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Price, at least that was his listed measurement as a Husker senior, is labeled as a tackle on their list of undrafted free agents...Despite spending five years in the program, Price is still just 21 as he begins his pro opportunity. Very smart guy, Price. That surely wasn't lost on any NFL scouts that chatted him up.
From NHuskers.com: "We all despise that overused five-word expression friends and family seem to use all the time … you had to be there. So please pardon me when I tell you that you had to be there Monday morning to hear Givens Price address the entire Nebraska Athletic Department staff with a speech he wrote himself, communicated clearly, and ended with six words that will never go out of style in Lincoln or anywhere else in this state – There is No Place Like Nebraska!..." I apologize for saying it, but you had to be there to know how Price’s carefully selected words resonated with everyone in the room."
"...Within seconds, every department employee joined a standing ovation to thank a student-athlete whose main goal was to thank everyone himself. Win-win doesn’t begin to describe the essence of a person providing the message for an audience that could not have been more appreciative. “Givens hit the ball out of the park, and that ball is still flying,” Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst told Dennis Leblanc and Keith Zimmer..."
Clay DeBord T 6-6 302 Eastern Washington
WEAKNESSES Strikes and leans rather than bringing feet with him. Has issues with falling off of blocks. Unable to consistently capture blocks and put them to bed once he has advantage. False steps into kick slide and base width fluctuates during snap. Mechanics and footwork are erratic.
Lamar Louis ILB 5-10 224 LSU
Louis, a weak-side linebacker who played sparingly at LSU as a senior last year but starred on special teams, was the No. 1 special teams player on the Cardinals board, he said. It made his decision an easy one. “I talked to the special teams coach,” Louis said. “They believe in me, regardless of my height or my measurables.” Louis said earlier this week that he had free agent offers from about a dozen teams, including the New Orleans Saints as a running back/fullback.
Elie Bouka CB, 6-1 208 University of Calgary
“I’ve played wideout, slotback, corner, halfback, safety, returner, gunner, kickoff coverage,” said Bouka, with a deep breath in between rattling off the football resume that is bound to have teams taking some extra time to get to know him in the all-important interview process this week in Toronto. “I’ve played so many positions in my college career and now I’m playing a position I’ve only played for a year and a half and I’m already in the conversation of being one of the top players at my position.”
“You can ask everybody, when I got hurt, I got up myself and started walking and I’m like, ‘You know what? I tore my Achilles and it’s a journey for me that starts,’” Bouka recalled. “I had a smile on my face and things like that you don’t control. You’ve just gotta take it as an opportunity to grow. It was an opportunity for me to get closer to my teammates, focus on other areas of my life, and train like I’ve never trained before.” Six months later, with the smile and good-natured attitude still intact, Bouka is inching closer to a return to the football field at an important time.
Ronald Zamort CB 5-10 174 Western Michigan
STRENGTHS Able to access his twitch to help flip hips quickly when beaten. Reads receiver speed and weigh risks of sitting on routes. Ball skills all game long. Quick closer on the ball. Takes routes to the throw that allow him to get his arm into the catch-point. Posted 58 passes defensed in just three years. A pest in the most positive sense. Plays high/low routes with good balance. Uses ball skills and competitiveness to help overcome size deficiency.
WEAKNESSES Desire to squeeze receivers underneath opens him to double moves. Lack of functional size puts him behind in the battle as soon as he takes the field. Has some recovery quickness but lacks true recovery speed. Absence of length means he will get to fewer balls than bigger cornerbacks. Missing patience from press and can be shaken by press release. Will need help to tackle as a pro.
Trevon Hartfield CB 6-2 195 SW Oklahoma St.
Matthias Farley S 5-11 205 Notre Dame
Last Saturday, Farley added another chapter to one of the more remarkable on-field stories we’ve seen in recent years. After spending the first half on the sidelines and playing special teams, Farley was called into action after Drue Tranquill went down.
And then, on one of his first snaps of the afternoon, Farley found a way to be involved in one of the biggest plays of the game: he and Jaylon Smith forced a fumble that Smith very nearly ran back for a touchdown.
There he was, a back-up superhero who only gets to put his cape on when Superman or Batman pull a groin or tweak a hamstring. Kelly talked on Tuesday about Farley’s ability to impact games, while still not being able to find his way into the starting lineup.
“He doesn’t like it,” Kelly said. “He wants to be out there starting. He believes that he can help this football team as a starter. But he’s one of those guys that makes this 2015 football team special in that he’ll do whatever is necessary for the good of the team.”
Kameron Canaday LS 6-4 237 Portland St.
Daniel Dillon LS 6-2 239 Campbell
Garrett Swanson P 6-0 219 Fresno St
Others Not Posted by Cards but Said to Have Signed:
Stephen Rivers QB NW State
WEAKNESSES Unathletic. Takes awhile to set up in pocket and throws with slow release that features a sidearm "push" to get the ball out. Anxious with pockets gets any traffic and doesn't have feel to slide into open territory. Lacks anticipation as a thrower. Poor timing combined with below average arm strength means passing windows close quickly on him. Too many shots downfield are floaters allowing defensive backs into the play.
Chris Hubert WR Fayettevile
Elijhaa Penny RB Idaho
Brian Berzanski T Central Missouri
“It takes a lot of hard work in the weight room,” said Berzanski. “Where I work out of is EFT in Chicago. They did a great job with me. We do a lot of footwork, speed drills every single day…two hours before workouts. That’s why I’m successful with that...Anytime you get a chance to get in front of scouts, it’s a great opportunity. Scouts always looking to see who will fall through the cracks and to be here for them to see me was a huge opportunity (for) me.
Artie Rowell OC Pitt
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