TEMPE, Ariz. -- The first thing you notice about Troy Niklas is how young he looks. That just feeds into the idea of untapped potential for a guy who only played two years of tight end at Notre Dame before declaring for the NFL Draft after his junior year.
"It's a whole nother level -- you've got everything to prove," Niklas, 21, said at an introductory press conference Tuesday at Cardinals headquarters. "It doesn't really matter what you did in college."
Niklas' physical tools are eye-popping. He's 6-foot-6, 270 pounds and considered a terrific athlete -- an assessment that shows up on film and showed up live when he helped Notre Dame manhandle Arizona State's defensive front in a 37-34 win at Cowboys Stadium last fall.
Niklas knows he was added in the second round (52nd overall) to shore up a need for a blocking tight end.
"They're definitely looking to use me as an edge setter on the runs," he said. "I like physical contact. It's always funny when you get a good block on a D-en...