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Cardinals sign their fourth-round picks


Guard Jonathan Cooper is the only member of the Cardinals’ 2013 draft class that hasn’t signed a contract.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that linebacker Alex Okafor and guard Earl Watford have both agreed to deals with the team. The two fourth-round picks are the seventh and eighth Cardinals to sign so far this spring, leaving only the first-round pick in need of his deal before the Cardinals can stick a pin in that section of their to-do list.

Okafor had 22 sacks during his career at Texas, suggesting an ability to rush the passer that would serve him well in a battle for playing time with O’Brien Schofield and Sam Acho, a former college teammate, on the edge. Acho and Schofield combined for eight sacks last season.

Watford had a strong career at James Madison, although he’ll face a significant step up in competition from the FCS school at the NFL level. Cooper is pencilled into one starting guard spot and Daryn Colledge is a likely choice at the other one, which leaves Watford looking at a depth role in his rookie year that include some opportunities at center if the Cardinals staff thinks he has potential in the middle of the line.

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2 Responses to “Cardinals sign their fourth-round picks”
  1. holdonyermommasrighthere says: Jun 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    Two good picks by the Cards.
    Loved this draft.

  2. sb50 says: Jun 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    I’m not a Cardinals fan, but I have to say they did have a solid draft. They got some good value in all 7 rounds.

    Cooper, Minter, Mathieu, Okafor, Watford, Stepfan Taylor, Swoope, Ellington, & Jefferson should all help out this team in some capacity.

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