5 Cardinal chosen in 2023 NFL Draft, two signed as UDFAs

Regardless of a lackluster 3-9 season, Stanford soccer noticed 5 gamers chosen within the 2023 NFL Draft final weekend. Two extra signed to groups as undrafted free brokers (UDFAs) after the draft was over, which means that they may even be supplied contracts and spots on groups’ 90-man offseason rosters going into coaching camp.

Large receiver Michael Wilson was the primary to be drafted; the Arizona Cardinals chosen him with the No. 93 total choose within the third spherical.

Subsequent up was senior cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly, who was chosen within the fifth spherical with the Baltimore Ravens’ 157th total choose. Kelly is a two-time All-Pac-12 Second-Crew choice who began all 4 years at Stanford. He led the convention with 13 cross breakups in 2021. The Ravens have a powerful historical past of changing late-round cornerbacks into sturdy starters (see Tavon Younger, Lardarius Webb and others lately) — Kelly will hope to comply with in that custom.

Two starters from the Cardinal offense have been chosen within the sixth spherical. Although projected by many analysts to be taken as early as day two of the draft, junior quarterback Tanner McKee was chosen No. 188 total by the Philadelphia Eagles. McKee racked up 5,336 passing yards and 28 landing passes in his two seasons as Stanford’s beginning sign caller after being heralded as a five-star recruit popping out of highschool.

In the meantime, senior extensive receiver Elijah Higgins was picked 9 slots later at No. 197 by the Miami Dolphins.

“I believe it is a nice choose for [Miami head coach] Mike McDaniel,” mentioned NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein on air shortly after the choice. “It is a choose choice for the offense that they run. And I believe Elijah Higgins — he’s going to do probably the most with it.”

Stanford’s final participant drafted was fifth-year security Kendall Williamson, chosen with the penultimate choose of the draft at No. 258 within the seventh spherical by the Chicago Bears. “That is the kind of participant, that in the event you’re [Chicago general manager] Ryan Poles, you’re like ‘I’m going to safe him as a result of he has traits that different groups may covet,’” mentioned NFL analytics skilled Cynthia Frelund. Williamson joins a skinny security rotation in Chicago; he’s already listed on the Bears’ second-team rotation on ESPN.com.

Although they didn’t hear their names known as on draft evening, fifth-year extensive receiver Brycen Tremayne and fifth-year defensive again Ethan Bonner have been signed as UDFAs shortly after the final choose of the draft on Saturday.

Tremayne completed his Stanford profession with 1017 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, incomes an All-Pac-12 honorable point out in his senior season. He joins the Washington Commanders on a deal that features $100,000 in ensures, per KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson. Bonner signed with the Miami Dolphins on a deal boasting $80,000 in ensures (per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald) after recording 28 tackles and 5 cross deflections in his senior season. Bonner boosted his draft inventory final month with a formidable efficiency at Stanford’s professional day. The Texan’s blazing 4.39-second 40-yard sprint was the most effective amongst all individuals.

With the 2023 draft and early UDFA signing interval within the books, Stanford now boasts 31 gamers on energetic NFL rosters — a mark adequate for third-best within the Pac-12 after UCLA’s 38 and Washington’s 37.