You can’t teach the energy former Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Deuce Lutui showed Friday night.
When the Cardinals were up at No. 97 in the 2018 NFL Draft, they sent a representative up to the stage to announce the team’s selection like most other teams would on Day 2.
They saved the best for last, as Lutui had one of the most memorable picks of the night.
Continuously grabbing the microphone to make sure everyone could hear him, Lutui began by screaming a couple things before saying he was representing the Cardinals, all while wearing his sunglasses.
Lutui said that “uncle Bill sent the baddest Cardinal to represent,” perhaps a reference to team owner Bill Bidwill.
Before finally getting to the pick, Lutui offered up a motivational quote.
“There’s a difference knowing you can and thinking you can,” Lutui said.
While some former and current players were like Lutui and going off script to open the selection, they all would follow the format of “with the (selection number) selection in the NFL Draft, the (team) select (player).”
Well, the Cardinals guard from 2006-11 skipped all that and just told Michigan offensive lineman Mason Cole, “welcome to the Cardinals.”
Twitter enjoyed Lutui’s cameo.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim enjoyed the moment as well.
The Cardinals broke away from recent history and traded up in the first round on Thursday, drafting UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick.
It’s the first time in 12 years the Cardinals drafted a quarterback in the first round. That, too, was the 10th overall pick in Matt Leinart.
It’s the first time in General Manager Steve Keim’s tenure the Cardinals traded up in the first round. They traded third-round and fifth-round picks to the Raiders to move up to 10th.
It was a bold move to land Rosen, one of the top-four rated quarterbacks in the draft. It appears the Cardinals felt the need to move ahead of the Dolphins, who had the 11th overall pick and reportedly were interested in taking a quarterback.
Rosen is regarded as a polished passer and perhaps the most NFL-ready quarterback in the class. At the scouting combine in February, he had to deal with questions about his outspoken personality.
A three-year starter at UCLA, Rosen (6-feet-4-inches and 218 pounds) completed nearly 61 percent of his passes in college and threw for 59 touchdowns. He had 26 passes intercepted.
DRAFT DAY: News, notes, rumors during 2018 NFL draft
On the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals fans got an inside look at what goes on in the war room as the picks start coming in.
During the sixth episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan,” The Cardinals weren’t shy in opening their doors and letting fans in on the draft process.
There’s even a seating chart to go by.
“We’re here in the war room, this is where it all happens, this is where we start building our 53-man roster — we’ll try to supplement through free agency — and it’s the most exciting time of the year for me,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “There’s always that anticipation of making the pick and getting closer and closer, whether you’re going to trade up, whether you’re going to stay tight, which four players are you going to consider, who you’re going to put in the bullpen.
According to Keim, as much as the draft can look hectic, it’s not entirely the case for the Cardinals.
“There’s so many mock drafts, every time you turn on ESPN or the NFL Network,” Keim said. “To some degree, you have to put on blinders and do what you think is right for the organization.”
With how much information they gather on players, the team hardly has a last-second decision when it comes down to their pick.
But that can all change when/if Arizona wants to move up, like they did last year with Budda Baker.
“You see the mock drafts and you see the prognosticators project where a player’s going to go, but there’s always surprises.”
A perfect example is Baker.
Coming into the draft, he was viewed very highly by the organization.
As the pick came closer and closer, the Cardinals decided to move on it.
In the process of drafting the safety, the Cardinals were on the phone quite a bit, calling and waiting on the Chicago Bears to agree to the trade and then waiting on the line with Baker until he was officially a Cardinal.
The reaction said it all as excitement and high-fives worked their way around the organization as Baker’s name was called.
“When you have the type of grades we had on Budda, we felt it was worth going up for him,” Keim said.
Listen in on all the action from the 2018 NFL Draft by tuning to 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.
Coach Steve Wilks recently said Bynes will handle middle linebacker in the Cardinals‘ switch in defensive scheme from a 3-4 to a 4-3, Darren Urban of the team’s official site reports.
Bynes will line up between Will LB Deone Bucannon and Sam LB Haason Reddick, two of the Cardinals’ last four first-round picks. A journeyman linebacker, Bynes previously earned a significant snap count in 2015 with the Lions, tallying 82 tackles on 78 percent of the defensive snaps. In the two outings (Weeks 12 and 13) in which he surpassed that usage with the Cards last season, he racked up 17 tackles, but Bucannon only logged five D snaps during that stretch. With Bucannon healthy, Bynes may struggle to post a considerable number of stops from game to game, but the prospect of a guaranteed gig still should be beneficial.
Happy Tuesday one and all.
Hope your week started out on a high note.
The Arizona Cardinals are two days from making their 2018 NFL Draft pick, so let’s get to the news from around the web to get you ready.
Benson Mayowa Added To Cardinals’ Defense
Defensive end played last season in Dallas
Draft? Cardinals Already Have Josh Allen
Undrafted journeyman lineman plays center, but admittedly wouldn’t fit behind one
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Mentkowski is Division III star with blazing speed who may have a shot at being a playmaking receiver like Adam Thielen.
NFL Draft: Experts say Baker Mayfield-loving Cardinals will be aggressive
SI’s Peter King and ESPN’s Todd McShay say the Arizona Cardinals love Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, but would Steve Keim be able to trade up to pick him in the 2018 NFL Draft?
Report: Brother of Cardinals S Budda Baker shot and killed in Seattle
Robert Baker, the older brother of Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, died after being shot Sunday morning in Seattle, reports The News Tribune.
Defensive end Benson Mayowa signs with Cardinals
Free agent defensive end Benson Mayowa signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, more than a week after he visited them.
Why watch the NFL Draft? Chewbacca, a parrot and Winslow, Arizona
A parrot, Chewbacca and a corner in Winslow, Arizona, will make up the unique coverage of the late round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Gambo 5: Five prospects to watch for Cardinals at No. 15 in NFL Draft
98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro gives you the five prospects the Arizona Cardinals are eyeing the most at No. 15 in the NFL Draft.
Cardinals ‘love’ QB Baker Mayfield; trade up to No. 5 to get him in Peter Kings’ mock draft | Cards Wire
Arizona makes the big move to land a quarterback they love in Peter King’s only mock draft.
Cardinals take sliding QB in latest mock draft | Cards Wire
Arizona gets their QB of the future and doesn’t even have to trade up to do it.
Report: Eagles seeking trade, could be perfect draft-day partner for Cardinals | Cards Wire
Arizona might want to move back into the first round to take a quarterback, while the Eagles have no second- or third-round picks.
Scouting reports for the top 7 QB prospects in the draft | Cards Wire
See the strengths and weaknesses for Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and more.
DE Benson Mayowa signs one-year contract with Cardinals | Cards Wire
He had six sacks in 2016 and will give the Cardinals depth behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Steve Wilks: Robert Nkemdiche is ‘going to be tremendous’ in 2018 | Cards Wire
The third-year defensive tackle enters a critical year, but he has done nothing but impress the Cardinals’ new coach.
Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be a ‘major plus’ in 2018 | Cards Wire
Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks is optimistic about the work new special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will do this upcoming season.