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Cardinals sign third-round draft pick Chad Williams

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The Arizona Cardinals have signed third-round draft pick Chad Williams to a four-year deal, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website.

Williams, a wide receiver out of Grambling State, was selected by the Cardinals with the 98th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 204 pound wideout had a monster senior season, racking up 90 receptions for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named a Second-team FCS All-American and was First-team All Conference in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“It’s been a grind,” said Williams, who also took part in Arizona’s rookie minicamp. “You have to be focused at all times. You have to have 100 percent focus and you have to try to be perfect every day.”

By signing Williams, the Cardinals have three draft picks left to lock up: first-round linebacker Haason Reddick, second-round safety Budda Baker and fourth-round guard Dorian Johnson.

Arizona has already agreed to terms with fifth-round draft choices Will Holden (tackle) and T.J. Logan (running back) and sixth-round cornerback Rudy Ford.

The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing 2016 campaign in which they went 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs a year after reeling off a 13-3 record and reaching the NFC championship game.

Last season marked Arizona’s first non-winning season since 2012. The Cardinals have made the playoffs just four times since 1999, including a Super Bowl appearance during the 2008-09 campaign. They had made the postseason in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015 before failing to qualify last season.

Arizona will open up its 2017 season when it heads on the road to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 10.



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