The Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of four draft picks on Friday wide receiver Ryan Swope, tight end D.C. Jefferson and running backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington. Swope was drafted in the fifth round out of Texas A&M.  He has good size at 6’0”, 205 pounds and is expected to provide depth at the position. Jefferson was their 7th round selection out of Rutgers and is likely a practice squad candidate.

With the addition of Taylor and Ellington to go with the off-season signing acquisition of free agent Rashard Mendenhall the Cards have turned a weak spot on the roster into one their stronger points on offense.

The Cards have the talented Ryan Williams returning from, his season ending injury. When healthy he can do some special things on the field.

Stepfan Taylor has a chance to get a lot of carries this year and he could end up being a steal. The teams fifth-round pick out of Stanford where he ran for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. While Taylor lacks game-breaking speed he has fantastic instincts and great vision he is very polished coming out of college.

Ellington drafted in the sixth-round out of Clemson. Expect him to work  in the mix for some carries throughout mini camps and  preseason.

Earlier in the week the Cardinals announced the signing of a familiar face in Karlos Dansby to a one year deal. Dansby was cut loose from the Miami Dolphins after having a career high 134 tackles while battling through a torn biceps for most of the year. Arizona may have pushed harder than normal to bring Dansby back due to the four game suspension of Daryl Washington and his pending legal issues. There is a good chance Washington won’t see the field until late in the season, if at all, so Dansby’s presence is excellent insurance. He’s also a very good leader and locker room guy so the Cardinals are hoping he can help groom second-round pick Kevin Minter, inside linebacker out of LSU. Minter signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals Monday.

 

Dansby still owns a home in Phoenix and lives there in the off-season. He was a part the Cardinals outstanding 2004 draft that also netted Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith and he sounds extremely happy to back with the team that drafted him.