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Friday, April 29, 2011
Cardinals add speed, address TE need

By Mike Sando

The Arizona Cardinals have selected a tight end before the seventh round for the first time since Ken Whisenhunt became head coach in 2007.

Ben Patrick (2007) and Jim Dray (2010) were seventh-round choices.

Rob Housler, chosen in the third round Friday (69th overall), gives the Cardinals a 6-foot-5, 249-pound prospect to groom as a starter. The team hasn't selected a tight end this early since selecting Johnny McWilliams with the 64th choice in 1996.

Tight end was a position I thought Arizona might address earlier in previous drafts under Whisenhunt, a former NFL tight end.

Housler isn't the typical college prospect. He's been married since 2008 and is father. He's been clocked in the 4.5-second range over 40 yards, a very fast time for a tight end. Housler has the potential to become a regular receiving target, something Arizona hasn't had at the position.