Sleeper pass-catcher in draft could be Dan Arnolds’ replacement for Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals did not re-sign tight end Dan Arnold this season. He signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers.

He had 31 receptions for 438 yards and four touchdowns last season. At 6-6 and 220 pounds, he was a tough player for defenses to match up with.

The Cardinals have their eyes on a prospect in the draft who could replace him. They are one of many teams that have met with UCF pass-catcher Jacob Harris, according to Justin Melo.

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He played receiver for Central Florida and teams apparently are split on whether he will be better at receiver or at tight end in the NFL. Arnold was a converted receiver.

Harris caught 30 passes in 10 games in 2020 for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

At 6-5, 219 pounds, he is built like Arnold. He is explosive and fast. At his pro day, he ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds, posted a vertical leap of 40.5 inches, had a broad jump of 11-1 and was able to do 15 reps of the bench press at 252 pounds.

He is faster than Arnold was.

He is the No. 1 draft sleeper, according to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler. He has size, athleticism and will do well on special teams.

The Cardinals have four Day 3 picks in the draft this year. Harris might be just the sort of player to target and to try and develop as they did with Arnold.

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