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Arizona CB Jace Whittaker to sign with Cardinals as undrafted free agent

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Arizona at USC Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If not for a pair of injuries in 2018, Jace Whittaker very well could have already spent a season in the NFL. Instead, his pro career is getting started a little later but not far away.

The defensive back is signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent, the UA confirmed Saturday. Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star was the first to report the news.

The 5-foot-11 Whittaker started 32 games for Arizona between 2015-19, including all 12 as a redshirt senior. He had three interceptions in 2019, second-most on the team, along with 55 tackles (two for loss) and a sack, and his 34 career passes defended ranks fourth in school history.

Capable of playing corner and safety, Whittaker redshirted in 2018 after playing in just one game that season, suffering a hamstring injury in the preseason and then injuring his elbow in mid-September.

Almost every mock draft projected he would go undrafted.