Cards get 16 undrafted rookies

Posted by Darren Urban on April 29, 2013 – 2:24 pm

I know everyone has been waiting, so here are the Cardinals’ undrafted rookie agreements for 2013:

— WR Jaron Brown, Clemson

— WR Dan Buckner, Arizona

— T Joe Caprioglio, Colorado State

— ILB Kenny Demens, Michigan

— OLB Dan Giordano, Cincinnati

— S Javon Harris, Oklahoma

— CB Josh Hill, California

— S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma (pictured below)

— T Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M

— ILB Korey Jones, Wyoming

— WR Javone Lawson, Louisiana-Lafayette

— WR Michael Rios, Marist

— NT Padric Scott, Florida A&M

— WR Tyler Shaw, NW Missouri State

— CB Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee

— CB Ronnie Yell, San Jose State

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69 Responses to “Cards get 16 undrafted rookies”

  1. By Itsallinthecards on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    I think the signing of Tony Jefferson is a real Coo. NFL draft scout had him ranked as the 8th Free safety of out 90 they ranked. also had him ranked very high. I guess he dropped due to injury or speed concerns. I really like what Steve Keim and the team did in this draft. It may not mean much, but Pete Prisco had this draft as his only A rated draft. I’m very excited about the direction of the team.

    Go cards.

  2. By martin on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    YESSSS dan buckner!!!

  3. By BirdsSTC on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Dan Buckner!!! Bear Down!!!

  4. By Safety Guy on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Couple good size Tackles.

    Anyone have the skinny on Caprioglio and Johnson

  5. By Mike on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Tony Jefferson is going to be a BEAST! Mark my word!

  6. By Steven on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Lets sign Tim Tebow now, its a long shot but a win win for everybody. AZ would give him a chance to compete at mostly and position plus he could really help out with our already gifted Special Teams. #RedSeaRiseUp

  7. By John on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    As crazy as it sounds to sign Tebow, Im with Steve. He throws a good long ball, he has an A++ character and BA is a QB guru. And we have 2 fine QBs already. Tebow could not be worse than Lindley

  8. By Robert on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    one thing wrong with these signings only one sec player when the league signs twice as many as any other conference you have to look at them more

  9. By kauaicardsfan on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    How does the contracts work with undrafted players, do they get a contract only if they make the team? Or they have a base salary upon signing and renegotiate after making the team?

  10. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: UDFA contracts

    Like anyone, they get a signing bonus (usually very little) and will have minimum salary contracts that only get paid if they play regular season games.

  11. By djjackson81 on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Darren what the breakdown on these tackles really

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    djackson81 —

    RE: Tackles

    They were undrafted, so there’s that. But here is the press release:

    Tackle JAMAAL JOHNSON-WEBB (6-6, 306) became the first player in Alabama A&M history invited to the NFL Combine when he participated this year. Despite not playing football until his senior year of high school, Johnson-Webb started 45 games in his four seasons with the Bulldogs, playing guard as a redshirt freshman before moving to tackle for his last three years. Last year, Johnson-Webb started all 11 games, earning first-team All-SWAC honors and being named to Phil Steele’s FCS second-team All-American squad as the Bulldogs ran for over 1,600 yards and allowed just 18 sacks.

    Tackle JOE CAPRIOGLIO (KAP-ree-OH-lee-oh) (6-6, 315) appeared in 28 games with 22 starts in four years at Colorado State. After beginning his sophomore season as a reserve tackle, he moved to guard and started the final nine games of the year. As a senior in 2012, Caprioglio played in all 12 games with 10 starts at left tackle, helping the Rams rush for more than 1,500 yards on the season and end the year with five straight games in which they had a running back top 100 yards on the ground.

  13. By infitzwetrust on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    how much of a signing bonus do the UDFA get? I know you said its usually not much. Thousands? tens of thousands?

    What’s the deal with Mathieu’s agent? Will his feelings have any influence on the limits we set? can this get ugly in any way or make us change our limits?

  14. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    infitz —

    RE: SB for UDFA

    Usually we are talking four figures.

    As for Mathieu’s agent, I don’t think it will get ugly. He is Peterson’s guy too.

  15. By joe holst on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    overrated. if 2 make the team it wil be a success. if 1 contributes anything it will be a longshot. safeties have achance because the cards are so incredibly thin at that postion.

  16. By sammy on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    This is a good assessment 3 years out of the 2010 draft. Time will tell with the new class !

  17. By Rugbymuffin on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    We sure this is it ?

    Every year they sneak a player in that is never reported.


  18. By mark on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    I find it quite surprising Tony Jefferson was undrafted. I look for him to play with a chip on his shoulder. I also was hearing NFL network talk trash about Mathieu’s size for a safety. But i really think this guy will find a lot of success in Arizona. I know it may take time due to his time away from the game, but still he wants football bad. I like where his mind is, and look for him to make massive hits and help out where we need it. This whole organization is moving in a positive direction, and this season should be super interesting. I could see Arizona surprising the world again. And to comment on the Tebow signing, he just doesnt fit any scheme we have. Bruce Arians is a traditional QB type of guy. I don’t think for a second they will even try to sign him. I understand all the love for Tebow, but hes NOT A GOOD QUARTERBACK.

  19. By Tucson Card on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply


    Do undrafted free agents choose which team they want to go to, or are they invited by teams? or a combo of both?


  20. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: UDFAs

    Both. If a guy is in demand, he can pick and choose. That’s why oftentimes players are better off going undrafted than taken in the 7th round (although the bonus money is better as a pick.)

  21. By Phoenix Cardinals on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    RE: UDFA Tackles

    Really excited about the Caprioglio signing. Watched him at Colorado State. Big body, physical and good player. Tore his knee at beginning of junior season, so his draft stock plummeted. He was projected to be a mid-rounder before his junior season. Versatile player, has played both tackle and guard. Think he’ll have a good shot at contributing

  22. By rok on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    where’s the ASU undrafted free agents?! How about giving the home team kids a chance?… Worked out great for Cincy last yr!

  23. By david on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Rok —

    Who do u have in mind?

  24. By Jason on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Adam Snyder is released! I’m happy to see us part ways with him. I think he is a good backup for a veteran team but we were paying him like a starter (which I thought was a mistake last year) and he obviously wasn’t going to start. His presence would’ve just stunted the growth of our younger players. I also like what Keim was saying about Watford! It would be awesome to see this kid flourish with NFL coaching and make Colledge expendable. I never liked the Graves and Whiz’s approach of signing veterans via free agency to try to fix our offensive line woes.

  25. By fightingbird on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    I’m for giving Tim Tebow a chance ,why not they gave someone a chance that has sorry had a drug problem that has played in how many games in the past season and played in how many NFL games . I know that Tebow has played in the NFL and has started atleast a game in the NFL and hey guess what, hes even won a NFL game and I believe one of those games was a play off game so where could the Cards go wrong give him to Arians and let him coach Tebow like everyone says Arians can and see what happens.

  26. By Eric G on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Excited about picking up Jefferson. I look for him to make the team.

  27. By Cards Czar on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Darren what happened to Matt Summers-Gavin, OT, California. I thought he signed with the Cardinals?

  28. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Cards Czar —

    RE: Gavin

    I never wrote that.

  29. By canadian redbird on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Check out the you tube on RB Andre Ellington from Clemson; this kid could be a steal in the 6th round let a lone a 3rd or 4th rounder. He has got some amazing talent; to the point I wouldn’t count him out as a starter. Although he’s rather light, he has tremendous acceleration and balance. I look forward to seeing his growth as a pro.
    Card fans should also look forward to what good OL coaching will do for the likes of Watford and the Coop. I remember a few years back when the 9’ers picked 2 lineman in the first round; wasn’t sexy but proved dividends down the road.
    Does anybody know where Russ Grimm landed? Can’t see many teams lined up for his services based on his coaching resume.


  30. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Canadian —

    RE: Grimm

    Russ isn’t currently on a staff.

  31. By Steve hanson on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Tim Tebow did what Florida asked him to do in winning a college football championship. He also did what the Denvor Broncos asked him to do, getting that team back into the post Elway playoffs. New York is a brutal place to play football in and the fans have a tendency to be ungrateful. The Cardinals gave Kurt Warner a chance and what a blessing it turned out to be. I believe a quiet supportive organization and an excited fan base is just what the doctor ordered. Tim Tebow is a quarterback and should be treated with respect as any other player should be despite their faults . This staff is capable of perfecting his skills for the future for this organization.


  32. By Rio on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Russ Grimm is with Bennie Wells playing Gin at the beach in Florida, Hopefully, they will find our ex GM and then the three of them can play King man Gin.

    Like the Draft a lot, stop asking a QB,s we are in good shape with our guys and please no Tim Tbow , we are set for a couple of years.

  33. By martin on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply


    Does this looks like next year line up??

    T-Massie / G- Cooper / C- Sendlein / G- Kelemete / T-Potter

    There all young.. could be our starters for years

    as Sendlein as the veteran

    i know Massie didn’t do good at the begging, bt he didnt allow as many sacks at the end of the season, looks like the got the hang-of it and still has room for improvment

    and thanks for answering all of the Q’tions and keeping us posted your a good guy!!

  34. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Martin —

    RE: OL

    Levi Brown will be playing on the line.

  35. By Brad Wheeler on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Overall I’m pretty happy with the choices except i believe they missed a big opportunity at a guy who could turn into an amazing quarterback, Tyler Wilson, he competed against tough defenses and consistently showed accuracy while under pressure, he has the arm, accuracy, and toughness to be an elite quarterback, he threw to tight gaps with pressure in his face, his footwork is quite odd but that can always be coached, we could have picked him up with our second 4th round pick, instead they chose to trade back and picked up another guard later in the 4th round and a second drafted running back in the 6th round, depth is important at all positions, but considering the potential in Wilson i was disappointed they passed on him after all the troubles this franchise has had with quarterbacks, Palmer is not the long-term answer. I pray that Keim had nothing to do with the drafting of Lindley last year, i pray that he knows what he is doing with drafting quarterbacks, time will tell. In saying this i have to give it to Keim and his team, the rest of the picks they did exceptionally well, go cards, can’t wait to see some football again!!

  36. By shannon robinson on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Adam Snyder will play for another nfl team. His competance on the line was consistant. I thought he was a gentleman and worked hard. Fans don’t always know what a player is asked to do or where a breakdown actually occurred – that’s because we don’t know the protection calls. On behalf of all of us fans I regret the negativity because Adam Snyder did his job as a Cardinal, he’ll have success elsewhere. After all we are Cardinal fanatics so sometimes we can’t help ourselves, we just get carried away. Lo siento mucho.

  37. By Josh T. on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    RE: Steve

    I politely have to state my schock that you would even put Warner and Tebow in the same sentence. When we “took a chance” on Warner, he had already been to 2 superbowls, won one, posted a top ten ever passing and TD season, and set the top 2 records for passing yds in a SB (plus I’m sure many more incredible statistics that I am not able to draw off the top of my head). Tebow has a great personality- sure, he’s a nice guy. At the end of the day I don’t care. Darnell Dockett isn’t the nicest guy around but he is a sick football player and that’s why he gets to play. Tebow is mediocre at best, and that’s why he has been shuffled around with little to show for it (besides horrible throwing mechanics).

  38. By Josh T. on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    RE: Steve

    Also, I misquoted you and know that you did not actually use their names in the same sentence (figure of speech, eh?) 🙂 We still get the point though right?

  39. By Red Dead Redemption on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Please stop the Tebow talk guys.
    We didn’t draft QBs far better than he is, and we already have special teamers better than he is.
    We don’t need a TE, even if he switches over to that and just because you like him doesn’t mean he will be good.
    He couldn’t even block on special teams.
    Don’t need him or the Circus.
    You guys do know we signed Carson Palmer right? Even if he got hurt or had a poor year and was benched, every QB we have other than Lindley is better than Tebow too.

  40. By red bird of death! on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, T bow went to playoffs ………………done, Kolb, Skelton, Lindley………………not even close, why would it be bad to take him on? He works hard and isn’t afraid to get physical, good personality,c’mon we could use the guy. But, I do think it’s the media bs that won’t land him here …..too bad.

  41. By mrpeary3189 on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Canadian Redbird

    Totally agree about Ellington. I can see him in a RB/WR type role for us in the offense. Sorta like what Dexter McCluster is for the Chiefs. The kid is a special kinda talent and I’m happy he scooped him up.

  42. By kauaicardsfan on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Just curious, who do the cards have as C- Sendlein back up? I remember last year Rich O and A Synder was his back up when he got hurt, Now both of them are gone and I didnt see any Center picked up unless some of the other lineman can play other positions on the line?
    Mahalo for your thoughts!

  43. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: Sendlein backup

    Right now, it’s Wedige. But Cooper can play center too.

  44. By aaron on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Colledge too? Chances he moves to center if Watford pans out?

  45. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    I am surprised Jefferson didn’t get drafted at all.

  46. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply


  47. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Colledge is next!#Get em outta here

  48. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    I believe Casey Hampton is a free agent also along with Sedrick Ellis.

  49. By STEVE H on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    JOSH T, i agree with your comment on Kurt’s statistics and experiences. He was my favorite quarterback since Joe Montana. Tebow will most likely never be in this class as well as 80 plus percent of all present and future QBs. My problem is how the media has decided it doesn’t like Tebow for his personal beliefs. He has done nothing illegal, politically incorrect, nor embarrass his teammates. How can such a person everyone is describing win a Heisman trophy, yet be a terrible player. We need good role models for kids that are fast disappearing and Tim can be one of them even if he is not the best. If all he can be is a backup he will most certainly be better than what the Cardinals have. No hard feelings, I love debating.

  50. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Steve H —

    RE: Tebow/media

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s slow down here. The media is just repeating what NFL teams are saying: He isn’t good enough to be a starting QB in this league. That has less to do with his personal beliefs and much more to do with the fact he has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in his career.

    As for winning a Heisman but being a terrible player (in the NFL), the league is littered with guys who won that award but couldn’t play on the next level: Weinke, Wuerffel, Crouch, Troy Smith, Leinart, Ron Dayne, Gino Toretta. I could go on.

  51. By Darlene on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    YES! Dan Giordano!!! Big things to come from him!

  52. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    @Steve H,

    Role models are fast disappearing? Would be curious to hear what generation cornered the market for “appropriate” behavior?

  53. By jocards on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Steve H –

    Tim Tebow seems like a good man and there is no doubt he’d be a positive role model but there is also no doubt that in the judgment of every NFL insider he just is not able to make enough of the throws needed to be a successful NFL QB. As far as the media deciding it doesn’t like Tebow….well I don’t agree with that assertion because they pay far, far more attention to Tim Tebow than is warranted by anything he’s ever done on the field. Perhaps he can go play in the CFL and try to keep his football days going…..maybe even develop a bit and open a few eyes, perhaps not….I just don’t see him as a viable NFL QB.

  54. By ored on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    at 1st glance i was somewhat disappointed in our undrafted fa list,but then again very few will make rosters and when final cuts come there will be better players available.if we get even 1 lineman and the from that list,it would be good.

    only thing that worked for us and snyder was we had a body when we needed him,even if he played with 1 arm due to injury, the fact he was well paid worked for him.last administration reached and over paid and offered a poor contract,like that was gonna make up for years of o-line neglect,and to even think that a division rival would let go a top player to us,so glad we have new gm and,no i don’t fault you snyder,you did your best and played hurt when the team needed you,i do however blame the ones who hired you,not for just your contract but the entire path that led to a terrible year.but i can see the clouds clearing and the sun coming generation of cards a rising.

  55. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    My solution on the Tebow matter.

    Sign Tim as a third string QB. Lets face it, if you are playing your third string QB, something went wrong.

    Have Tim Bunk with the Honey Badger, for road trips and training camp. Put Tim in for short yardage and goal line, and get him to play special teams.

    Wait, didnt the Jets try this?

  56. By cardsalltheway on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    “where’s the ASU undrafted free agents?! ”

    ASU’s undrafted Brandon MaGee(OLB) signs with Dallas Cowboys and gets $70.000 gauranteed, more than any seventh-round pick received in 2012.

  57. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Cards Fans,
    I really liked the draft, but I think we should still shop for another free agent Left or Right Tackle to trade for. We could use another starter or at least some more depth/competition at that position prior to practicing in pads soon.
    Go Redbirdz

  58. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Tebow is so bad but he has a playoff win that Carson doesn’t have and that is without a Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh or T.O. to throw to. Also Darren all those former heisman trophy winners never won playoff game(s) including again the ”great” Carson Palmer. He completes less than 50% of his passes right, well how the hell does he wins games? He has to complete more passes than that sometimes damn! Some people don’t like Tebow because of the attention well he doesn’t bring it on himself and say look at me. I really hope somebody anybody in the NFL especially Arizona gives him a legit shot at starting at QB because Lord knows, he would shut so many pie holes up they would have to praise the dude.

  59. By Eazy E on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Carson is going into his 11th season and Tebow in his 4th. Carson is 0-2 with the 1st him getting injured which was unfortunate and the 2nd his team getting ran out of the stadium by the NY Jets with Kerry Rhodes on the team BTW. Tebow upsets the #1 ranked defense in the Steelers and carves them up whether y’all like it or not and is THE REASON they won that game. He actually outplayed a hall of fame QB in Ben Roethlisberger in that game.

  60. By Mike Ellingboe on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    @Eazy E,

    “Tebow upsets the #1 ranked defense in the Steelers and carves them up whether y’all like it or not and is THE REASON they won that game.”

    Not going to give their defense or offensive line any credit? End of game sack totals = Denver 5, Pittsburgh 0. Sounds like somebody won the line of scrimmage that day.

    How did Tebow do the following week against New England?

  61. By red bird of death! on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Yo Darren,how many un drafted do we bring in every year aproxx and how many have gone on to do anything I. Past 5 years?

  62. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Red Bird —

    RE: UDFA

    2010: 10
    2011: 19
    2012: 17
    2013: 16

    Keep in mind offseason rosters were expanded from 80 to 90 in 2011.

  63. By red bird of death! on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Seriously ? Who cares where Grimm is , reporting to you from south east asia red bird of death great job ,Mr. Urban Sir!

  64. By Andy on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I would rather see Palmer, Stanton, and Hoyer start before Tim Tebow.

  65. By Jason on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I loved Tebow time! It made for great TV week in and week out. Could Tebow gut his team to another victory! The Miami game, the TD run against the Jets and the 80 yard overtime TD pass the beat the Steelers were all awesome games! The fact of the matter is that playing Tebow in the first place was not what the team wanted to do. They were in the middle of a horrible season and were desperate for a change. Tebow flourished running the read option attack he ran in college which implemented mid season and ran predominately during the fourth quarter which is why he was able to win so many of those games. He struggled during the first 3 quarters when they were asking him to run the entire playbook. Tebow’s lack of ability to run an NFL offense is why teams don’t want him. NFL coaches want QB’s who can run their system and they don’t see Tebow as that player and there is plenty of tape to back it up. The argument that there are plenty of teams running read option wouldn’t be a good one because, the teams that run read option use it as a wrinkle in the offense with QB’s who not only can execute read option but have the ability to play in any system. It’s not that Tebow can’t win in the NFL it’s that you’d have to change your entire offense and run read option almost entirely. Coaches want a player who can execute their system and offensive philosophies…not to design a system to fit a player. Modifying your scheme to accentuate a players skill set is what the effective read option teams have been able to accomplish but again, they can execute the entire playbook effectively. Tebow’s problem isn’t running the 25% of read option in a playbook, it’s the other 75% he struggles with.

  66. By Aaron Hendrix on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    We should of brought in Eric Liles to help us at the ilb spot

  67. By Chuck 1 on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    If a “local” player can play at the NFL level, I think it’s OK to draft them or sign them as an UFA.
    However, just to sign them because they are from “the area” (see Max Hall) is the wrong reason.

  68. By Ross on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Not quite sure why the Buckner comments are getting so many thumbs down. Out of the UDFA we signed he is probably the best wide-out of the group. I mean, If he makes the team he will be battling Byrd on the depth chart, so it’s not like you will see a lot of him anyway. :S

  69. By Eazy E on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    Mike Ellingboe-

    You’re right in the sense that the defense did play well, I meant to acknowledge them and I should have because I saw the whole game, but anybody that knows anything about football knows the QB gets all the credit and blame, that ain’t nothing new that ain’t something Tebow started. Besides, he had 316 yards and 2 TDs on again the #1 ranked Defense overall and Pass D, you can’t ignore that. Also pertaining to New England, I saw that D give up 35 points and 5 TDs IN THE FIRST HALF!!! You can’t beat New England and the Brady Bunch giving that up it’s a done deal.

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