The Cardinals got the ball rolling on the rookie contract front Thursday with the signing of seventh-round TE Jim Dray to a four-year contract. Dray, who started in 33 of the 39 games he played at Stanford and collected 41 receptions for 455 yards and seven touchdowns, becomes the first member of Arizona's seven-player 2010 draft class to agree to contract terms.
The 6-5, 255-pound Dray earned Pacific-10 Conference second-team honors last year after appearing in 13 games (11 starts) and helping Stanford finish 11th in the nation by averaging 218.2 rushing yards per game. He also had 11 catches for 149 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
Dray could have a hard time cracking the Cardinals' final roster with Ben Patrick, Anthony Becht, Stephen Spach and Dominique Byrd also listed on the depth chart at tight end. In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Dray "will need to spend more time in the weight room and regain his strength to have a chance as a blocker in the pros."
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