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NFL Draft 2018: Arizona Cardinals to sign Wisconsin DL Alec James as undrafted free agent

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Another Badger headed out west!

Wisconsin v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

According to his agent, Brett Tessler (and later by the Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway), Wisconsin Badgers defensive lineman Alec James will find a home with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

Tessler confirmed to B5Q on Saturday evening that James is a free agent signing for the NFC West organization.

James was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft after starting all 14 games in his most productive season in Madison last year. He earned consensus second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017 after registering 6.5 sacks (tied for second on the team) and eight tackles for loss on one of the best defenses in the nation.

In his career, James played in 53 games, starting 26 of them, and finished his Wisconsin days tallying 100 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

After finishing his career with a 34-24 win over Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl. James played in the East-West Shrine Game with fellow teammates Natrell Jamerson and Leon Jacobs.

Though not invited to the NFL Combine, James performed extremely well at Wisconsin’s Pro Day on March 14.

Alec James Measurables

Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
6'3 270 pounds 32 5/8" 9 1/2" 4.75 seconds 26 reps 32.5" 119" 4.39 seconds 7.00 seconds N/A

Height and weight measurements taken from 2018 East-West Shrine Game; All other statistics from Wisconsin Pro Day(courtesy of UW)

He joins former teammate Austin Ramesh as undrafted free agents signing with Arizona.

2018 NFL Draft Badgers tracker

Player Position Team Draft Selection/UDFA Draft Pick/Signing Story Scouting Report Interview
Player Position Team Draft Selection/UDFA Draft Pick/Signing Story Scouting Report Interview
Nick Nelson CB Oakland Raiders Round 4, Pick 10 (No. 110 overall) Read Here Read Here
Troy Fumagalli TE Denver Broncos Round 5, Pick 19 (No. 156 overall) Read Here Read Here
Natrell Jamerson S New Orleans Saints Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 164 overall) Read Here Read Here Read Here
Jack Cichy LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers Round 6, Pick 28 (No. 202 overall) Read Here Read Here Read Here
Leon Jacobs LB Jacksonville Jaguars Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230 overall) Read Here Read Here
Garret Dooley LB Minnesota Vikings UDFA Read Here Read Here
Alec James DL Arizona Cardinals UDFA Read Here Read Here
Austin Ramesh FB Arizona Cardinals UDFA Read Here Read Here Read Here
Conor Sheehy DL Green Bay Packers UDFA Read Here Read Here
Derrick Tindal CB Read Here
Joe Ferguson S Green Bay Packers Tryout Read Here
Lubern Figaro CB Cleveland Browns Tryout Read Here Read Here