Myjai Sanders, ex-UC Bearcats defensive end, signs four-year deal with Arizona Cardinals

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Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders (21) deflects a pass by East Carolina Pirates quarterback Holton Ahlers (12) in the second half of the NCAA football game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated East Carolina Pirates 35-13.
Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders (21) deflects a pass by East Carolina Pirates quarterback Holton Ahlers (12) in the second half of the NCAA football game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated East Carolina Pirates 35-13.

The fifth Cincinnati Bearcats player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft was defensive end and edge rusher Myjai Sanders, who went to the Arizona Cardinals in the third round with the 100th overall pick.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals announced that Sanders signed a four-year contract:

Sanders tweeted last week that he'll wear No. 41 in Arizona:

From the Cardinals via Twitter:

"He's got to add on a little weight," ESPN's Booger McFarland said of Sanders when he was drafted. "You talk about a guy that's twitchy coming off the edge. A first step maybe - maybe - only second to (New York Giants first-round pick) Kayvon Thibodeaux. That's the type of first step that this young man possesses. Right now, he's gotta be a situational pass rusher until you can improve that frame and add some physicality and strength. But in a league where it's almost 65 to 70 percent pass, he can definitely contribute early on."

"Look, he's 228 pounds. There was probably a time in college when I was 228 pounds," ESPN's Louis Riddick said during the . "He's dealing with (Alabama's) Evan Neal in the playoffs - and he's standing him up at the point of attack. And I'm going, 'How is he doing this at 228 pounds?' He has got a lot of ability as a pure rusher and someone you would assume is gonna get a little bit bigger and a little big bulkier and get a little bit stronger. But a lot of natural skills."

The two Bearcats drafted in the second round were receiver Alec Pierce (Indianapolis Colts) and safety Bryan Cook (Kansas City Chiefs). Quarterback Desmond Ridder was selected by the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the third round.

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