LIST: Cardinals sign 16 rookie free agents

Posted at 1:22 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 16:22:58-04

Following the 2016 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have signed 16 rookie free agents:


Appalachian State WR JEFF BEATHARD





Eastern Washington T CLAY DEBORD









Western Michigan CB RONALD ZAMORT

Arizona running back Jared Baker (5-8, 192) rushed for 1,109 yards on 203 carries (5.5 avg.) with 12 touchdowns during his career as a Wildcat. A Los Angeles native, Baker had a career-high 798 rushing yards on 131 carries (6.1 yard avg.) with nine touchdowns while playing in all 12 games as a senior. He also returned 18 kicks for 390 yards in his career. 

Appalachian State wide receiver Jeff Beathard (5-10, 190) appeared in 48 games during his Mountaineers career and had 34 receptions for 505 yards (14.8 yard avg.) and five touchdowns. Beathard also returned 33 kickoffs for 702 yards and had 21 punt returns for 128 yards and a touchdown. He is the son of Carolina Panthers scout Jeff Beathard, and grandson of former Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard.

Cornerback Eli Bouka (BOO-kuh) (6-1, 205) was a 2014 Canada West All Star selection and second team all Canadian for the University of Calgary Dinos before missing his senior season with an Achilles injury. Bouka enrolled at the University of Calgary in 2012 and played 27 games as a wide receiver before moving to cornerback in 2013. In his three seasons with the Dinos, Bouka had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 16 receptions for 309 yards and a touchdown. A Laval, Quebec native, Bouka won a silver medal for Team Quebec at the 2010 Canada Cup as a wide receiver and punt returner.

Portland State long snapper Kameron Canaday (6-4, 245) played in 41 games for the Vikings and was named an FCS third team All-American following his senior season. A Eugene, OR native, Canaday was the Vikings long snapper for four seasons (2012-15) and had three special teams tackles and one fumble recovery. 

Wide receiver Amir Carlisle (5-10, 195) from Notre Dame played in 37 games (19 starts) with the Fighting Irish after transferring from USC following his freshman year. He recorded 61 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons with Notre Dame while also rushing for 288 yards on 60 carries and returning 46 kicks for 998 yards. Carlisle had two receptions for 14 yards in his final collegiate game at the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Quarterback Jake Coker (6-5, 232) was 14-0 as a starter at Alabama in 2015, leading the Crimson Tide to the CFP National Championship. Coker completed 263-of-393 passes (66.9%) for 3,110 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. He earned Offensive MVP honors in the Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal) and threw for a career-high 335 yards and two TDs in the National Championship Game win over Clemson at University of Phoenix Stadium. Coker played at Florida State from 2011-13 and backed up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston when the Seminoles won the 2013 national title before transferring to Alabama for his final two seasons.

Eastern Washington tackle Clay DeBord (duh-board) (6-6, 305) made a school-record 51 starts in his career with the Eagles and was part of a senior class that won three Big Sky Conference championships and earned three FCS playoff berths. In his four seasons as a starter, Eastern Washington went 27-5 in Big Sky play and reached the FCS semifinals twice (2012-13). Last season, DeBord was selected to four FCS All-America teams and earned first-team All-Big Sky honors after starting all 10 games he played and helping the Eagles rank eighth in the country in total offense.

Long snapper Daniel Dillon (6-3, 235) played in 43 career games at Campbell University, serving as the long snapper for four seasons. He had seven tackles and a forced fumble on special teams and helped the Camels rank as one of the top special teams units in the FCS. In 2015, Dillon played in all 11 games and was honorable mention All-Pioneer League while also being named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll four times in his career.

Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley (5-11, 210) played in 52 games (26 starts) for the Fighting Irish and recorded 192 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 13 passes defensed and a forced fumble. He topped 40 tackles in all four seasons at Notre Dame, setting career highs in 2014 with 53 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and four interceptions. Farley began his college career as a wide receiver but moved to safety after redshirting as a true freshman, and in his first year on defense he started 11 games and helped the Irish finish the 2012 regular season 12-0 to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

Cornerback Trevon Hartfield (6-0, 195) played one season at Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State and was named a first-team All-Great American Conference selection in 2015. He led the league and set a new conference record with 25 passes defensed and added a team-best five interceptions while ranking third on the team with 73 tackles. Hartfield previously played football at Southern Nazarene University from 2011-12 where he was an all-league kick returner in 2011 after he initially played basketball for one year at Northern Oklahoma following high school in 2010.

Duquesne wide receiver Chris King (6-1, 200) was a first-team All-NEC selection as a senior in 2015 when he led the Dukes with 81 receptions for 1,136 yards (14.0 avg.) and eight touchdowns while starting all 12 games. In his final collegiate game, an FCS playoff contest against William & Mary, King set career highs with 12 receptions for 221 yards. A Crofton, MD native, King finished his collegiate career with 175 receptions for 2,574 yards (14.7 yard avg.) and 24 touchdowns while playing in 42 games.

Linebacker Lamar Louis (5-11, 232) from LSU played 48 games (17 starts) in his college career and had 97 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. As a senior last year, Louis played in 12 games (two starts) and collected 30 tackles. As a junior in 2014, Louis played in 12 games with 10 starts and had 29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore after playing in 11 games with five starts as a freshman. 

Nebraska tackle Givens Price (6-4, 310) spent his first three years with the Huskers on the offensive line where he played in 23 games (three starts) at both guard and tackle. As a senior in 2015, Price was moved to defensive tackle and saw action in two games last season. A three-time All-Big Ten academic selection, Price saw his most extensive playing time as a junior in 2014 where he played in 12 games at right tackle and helped running back Ameer Abdullah become the school’s career leader in all-purpose yards and finish second in career rushing yards. 

Punter Garrett Swanson (6-0, 230) from Fresno State finished his college career with 201 punts for 8,411 yards (41.8 yard avg.) and 58 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. As a senior, the Bulldogs 2015 special teams player of the year punted 67 times for an average of 42.2 yards per punt while also serving as the kickoff specialist with 25 touchbacks. A four-time Mountain West All-Academic team selection, Swanson handled the punting duties for his final three seasons after serving as the kickoff specialist as a freshman. 

Monmouth tight end Hakeem Valles (Val-ess) (6-5, 260) was a two-year starter for the Hawks after originally beginning his college career as a wide receiver. He played in all 22 games in his final two seasons (20 starts) and had 40 receptions for 491 yards (12.3 avg.) and three touchdowns. As a senior, he had 22 receptions for 236 yards while also serving as a team captain. His younger brother, Max, is a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills.

Cornerback Ronald Zamort (5-10, 174) was a three-year starter at Western Michigan who played in 49 games with 38 starts and had 149 tackles (98 solo), six interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one sack and 54 passes defensed. As a senior, Zamort was second-team All-MAC after he played in 13 games and had a career-high 59 tackles and 19 passes defensed as well as one interception.