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