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7-8-1, 2nd in NFC West
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Cards found much-needed safety in second round (0:54)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals filled specific needs during the second and third rounds, drafting safety Budda Baker in the second out of Washington and wide receiver Chad Williams in the third out of Grambling State.

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Chad Williams draft highlights (0:43)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cardinals wide receiver Chad Williams said all the charges from a May arrest were dismissed. He was suspended for Grambling's season opener because of a May arrest for possession of marijuana, possession of firearm with drugs, fugitive from justice and an outstanding bench warrant.

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Chad Williams lit up the SWAC in his final year in college, leading the conference in catches (90), yards (1,337) and touchdowns (11) to earn second-team All-FCS All-American honors.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals' third-round draft pick Chad Williams was suspended for Grambling's season opener last season because of an arrest in May for possession of marijuana, possession of firearm with drugs, fugitive from justice and an outstanding bench warrant.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals draft WR Chad Williams with the 98th pick of the third round out of Grambling.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals are on the clock.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals trade the 77th pick in the third round to Carolina for the 98th pick in the third round and 115th pick in the fourth round.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Cardinals' third-round pick closing in, they've already cross two needs. They still could use a cornerback and a quarterback, but the third round is where coach Bruce Arians has found gems over the last four drafts in Tyrann Mathieu, John Brown and David Johnson.

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Washington is the first school to have three defensive backs taken in the 2nd round of the same draft in the common draft era (Kevin King - Packers; Budda Baker - Cardinals; Sidney Jones - Eagles)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Budda Baker, the Cardinals' second-round pick, said he was planning on meeting with Washington Huskies defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake on Friday afternoon to start watching film on Arizona's defense. When Baker was informed that the Cardinals have played, at times, up to three or four safeties at once, Baker got excited. "Hmm, OK," he said. "That's a great thing for me."

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In a stacked Washington secondary, Budda Baker might have been the most productive of any Husky in 2016. He added three sacks and two interceptions to double-digit tackles for loss.

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Budda Baker has a knack for being around the ball

The Washington safety and Cardinals' second-round pick may not have elite size, but according to Mel Kiper Jr., his instincts and versatility will make him one of the top first-year players in the NFL.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

By drafting safety Budda Baker out of Washington, the Cardinals get another defensive back who's similar to Tyrann Mathieu – who was one of Baker's comparables. Baker measured in at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds at the NFL scouting combine. He had three sacks two interceptions, 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss last season. He gives Arizona depth at safety, a position that lost two starters last year (Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger) to free agency.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Budda Baker gives the Cardinals even more versatility in the secondary and defensive sub-packages. Baker has speed in the 4.4 range, he can cover down in the slot and blitz off the edge. Great value here for Arizona.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals selected safety Budda Baker out of Washington with the fourth pick of the second round (36th overall).

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Details of Cardinals trade with the Bears: Arizona acquired the 36th pick (second round) and 221st pick (seventh round) and gave Chicago its 45th pick (second round), 119th pick (fourth round) and 197th pick (sixth round), plus its fourth-round pick in 2018.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are now on the clock. They could go QB, S or DB here.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals trade into the 36th pick, acquiring it from the Chicago Bears.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

As the 2nd day of the NFL Draft kicks off, the Cardinals have two picks on Friday: No. 45 (second round) and No. 77 (third round).

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.59th
Rushing Yards108.318th
Points For26.16th
Points Against22.614th

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