Over the past year or so, the Arizona Cardinals have become a popular landing spot for some very good football players. The club’s front office is assembling a playoff-caliber roster, and individuals who play the sport have begun to take notice. In fact, there’s a Phoenix-born college prospect who is openly campaigning to be drafted later this month by his hometown Cardinals.
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., a youngster out of Oregon State University, has made it clear that he’d love to turn professional in his home state. The inside linebacker is obviously enamored with the squad he grew up watching. Rashed Jr. is cognizant of the Arizona natives (Christian Kirk, Byron Murphy) who have been drafted by the Cards, and is hoping to join them in 2021.
“That would be fun, I see a lot of Arizona people going to the Cardinals” said the 23-year old Rashed Jr. “They draft them there and they’re doing great.”
Rashed Jr. is coming off of a down year for the Beavers. In his seven appearances last fall, the 6’4, 238 pounder totaled just 23 tackles and two sacks during the coronavirus-shortened campaign. Rashed Jr. enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 however, when he racked up 62 tackles and 14 sacks in 11 games for Oregon State.
As a freshman back in 2017, Rashed Jr. registered six tackles in five contests for the school. In 2018, the sophomore defender tallied 53 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the 12 matchups he dressed for .
From his freshman to junior years, Rashed Jr. attended Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix. The teenager then transferred to Chandler High School for his senior campaign.
The Cards could be on the hunt for an edge-rusher who can eventually replace the sensational Chandler Jones. At 31, the 6’5, 265 pounder is getting up there in age, and has two seasons remaining on his current contract with the Redbirds. Rashed Jr. is projected to be a mid-round selection, and could certainly find himself on the Arizona radar when the draft’s third day rolls around on May 1st.