Cardinals sign Troy Niklas, Kareem Martin, John Brown


The Cardinals have all three of their second-day draft picks under contract.

The team announced Thursday on its website that it had signed Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas (Round Two), North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin (Round Three) and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown (Round Three).

Niklas (6-6, 270) caught 32 passes for 498 yards and five touchdowns for the Fighting Irish in 2013. He looks likely to compete for immediate playing time in Arizona.

Martin (6-6, 272) earned all-ACC honors in 2013, notching 82 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He projects as a reserve on the Cardinals’ three-player defensive line this season.

Brown (5-10, 179) caught 61-1,198-14 in his final collegiate season. Brown, who returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns in three seasons at Pittsburg State, could have roles on offense and special teams for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals now have four unsigned draft picks, including safety Deone Bucannon, their first-round selection.

5 responses to “Cardinals sign Troy Niklas, Kareem Martin, John Brown

  1. Niklas is slow as a tractor but about as big and strong as one, too. Martin’s yet another Tar Heel DL who has all the physical tools to play at the next level but may or may not fulfill that potential (see also Quentin Coples and Marvin Austin).

  2. I’ve bashed on the Cards for years, but I seriously think they’re finally going to be the team to watch this year. NFC West is going to be a bruiser!

  3. Didn’t Niklas run a 4.6 at the combine? Problem with the Cards picks overall is that outside of the top 3, the rest are complete reaches…

  4. I remember not too many years ago when the NFC West was the worst division in football and it wasn’t even close. Not any more… there is arguably more talent on those 4 teams than in any other division this year. It would not surprise me at all if both NFC wildcard teams came out of that group this year.

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