Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: S Rashad Johnson of Alabama was a surprise pick considering the Cardinals are deep at his position. But Johnson had 11 interceptions over the past two years. Free safety Antrel Rolle's contract could escalate next year by more than $5 million. It's good to have alternatives in the event the Cardinals can't re-sign him. A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/95 -- Rashad Johnson, S, 5-11, 203, Alabama...A bit of a surprise pick because the Cardinals are deep at safety. But Johnson was too good to pass on. The Cardinals sometimes play three or four safeties in certain dime packages, and Aaron Francisco, the third safety, has struggled in pass coverage. Johnson has excellent ball skills and could contribute immediately. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Rashad Johnson News
12/18/13 - S Rashad Johnson (high ankle sprain) isn't likely to play so rookie Tony Jefferson could get his first start. The Cardinals will miss Johnson's experience.
12/09/13 - S Rashad Johnson has intercepted three passes since suffering a severed fingertip against the Saints in week three.
10/14/13 - FS Rashad Johnson played after missing the previous two games with a finger injury. Johnson, however, played just a few snaps on defense. He did play on several special teams.
10/10/13 - S Rashad Johnson is hopeful that he will play Sunday against the 49ers after missing two games due to a severed fingertip. The wound has healed, the stitches are out. Now, the issue is finding something that will keep the finger properly protected. "The training staff is doing a great job working with me and taking my opinions and what I like and feel comfortable with," Johnson said. "We worked on some things (Monday), and I think we'll have something ready to go on Wednesday for practice.
"I'm definitely going to work it as much as I can before Sunday to make sure if I step on the field, I'm not putting our team in harm. But I am ready and I'm excited to get back on the field."
10/02/13 - FS Rashad Johnson (finger) hopes to practice this week after missing last week's game. His backup is Tyrann Mathieu.