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first_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Starting defensive backs the Arizona Cardinals have. It might be their best position group as it stands, but the depth chart looks thin to murky.The Cardinals have addressed those issues through the NFL Draft and Saturday led off the fifth round by taking Alabama safety Deionte Thompson.“We don’t have a post safety that really has the range and movement skill as this guy,” Arizona general manager Steve Keim said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact A high-profile recruit to the Crimson Tide, Thompson redshirted his first year and was a backup safety his freshman and sophomore seasons.He got a chance to produce as a junior in 2018, recording 78 tackles with 3.5 for loss. Thompson added six passes defensed, two interceptions and three forced fumbles for the national runner-up squad.Thompson had the fourth-highest forced incompletion percentage among safeties in the draft class, according to Pro Football Focus. He was ranked 66th on PFF’s big board, giving Arizona six players in the top-66 of the service’s board through 139 picks.“I’m not worried about where I got picked. It really doesn’t matter. I got an opportunity and that’s all you can ask for in this day and age.”Related LinksCardinals take Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler in 4th round of draftEarp and Holliday draft for Cards from O.K. Corral in TombstoneCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWas the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen trade to Dolphins about value or belief?That was fast: Rosen posts Dolphins picture right after being tradedThe 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety did not go through the NFL Draft Combine after suffering a ligament tear in his wrist while lifting.“I’ve been cleared by my doctors to do everything full-go, so I’m ready to go,” he said.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Thompson’s fall to the fifth round was possibly related to a degenerative knee condition. Thompson said the issue is related to a 2017 knee surgery to repair his meniscus that at the time only cost him about a month of time.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I don’t know too much about it,” Thompson said Saturday. “It just came about today. I heard the information like everybody else did.“I’m not too worried about it.”Keim and the Cardinals medical staff does not see the issue as a concern.“I can tell you a few guys who have probably put on gold jackets that I’ve scouted that I remember us failing them on the physical,” the GM said. “We didn’t have any issues with it.”Thompson joins an Arizona safety group led by D.J. Swearinger and Budda Baker. Third-year pro Rudy Ford and second-year pro Jonathan Owens are the other two safeties listed on the roster.The Cardinals so far have taken three defensive players in the 2019 draft. They used their first of two second-round picks on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy and in the fourth round selected Boston College defensive end Zach Allen.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Top Stories Deionte Thompson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks the pass intended for Carson Meier #45 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the College Football Playoff Semifinal on December 29, 2018. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)last_img

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