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Auburn Tiger Johnathan "Rudy" Ford Chosen By the Cardinals in Round 6

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Arizona gets a versatile - and fast - playmaker in the 6th round.

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Johnathan "Rudy" Ford came to Auburn as a running back. He was converted to defensive back prior to his freshman 2013 season and flourished there for the rest of his career. He led the Tigers in tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons. If he hadn't lost time in 2016 due to injury, he likely would have been at or near the top again in his final season.

Now, he's officially a Cardinal as he was chosen with the 208th pick in Round 6.

The Cardinals are getting one of the most versatile players in football. He can play Safety or Nickel. He can return kicks.
He rushes the passer well on Safety blitzes. He can even run the football on offense if you need him to.

Rudy is a smart football player and is also an all-around great guy. On a personal note, when I was still at Auburn as an ROTC instructor, Rudy came down with a couple of other players (Byron Cowart and Daniel Carlson in particular) and played a big game of tug-of-war with our Cadets at our end-of-year event. All of the players came down and shook the Cadets' hands, but those three in particular stuck around and hung out with everyone for a while.

He'll make a great addition as a player and as a person to the Cardinals roster.

Good luck, Rudy! War Eagle!