Cardinals trade up, draft safety Budda Baker with 2nd-round NFL Draft pick

Cardinals trade up, draft safety Budda Baker with 2nd-round NFL Draft pick
Posted at 4:40 PM, Apr 28, 2017

The Arizona Cardinals traded up to draft Washington safety Bishard "Budda" Baker in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday.

The Cardinals traded their second-, fourth- and sixth-round picks this season and a fourth-round pick next season to the Chicago Bears in order to move up to the 36th overall pick, where they took Baker, a 5-foot-10, 192-pounder. The Cards also acquired the Bears' seventh-round pick.

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Baker was a consensus All-American selection as a junior in 2016, and he helped guide the Huskies to the 2016 Pac-12 championship. calls him an undersized safety with the heart of a linebacker.

He's drawn comparisons to another undersized safety with a ton of heart: the Honey Badger himself, Tyrann Mathieu, who was an All-Pro selection for the Cardinals in 2015.

Baker is a former high-school track sprinter and is extremely speedy, and says he's "tremendously explosive and passionate in his play."

Baker recorded 70 tackles (48 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions for the Huskies last season. Like the Cardinals' first-round pick, Haason Reddick, Baker is a versatile player who can fit in at multiple positions. He was the fourth safety selected in this year's draft.

Baker's mother has called him "Budda" since he was born, as she thought he looked like a Buddha doll.

Oh... and he can juggle, too.