Former BYU Cougar offensive lineman Solomone Kafu will follow teammate Alani Fua to Arizona. Kafu found out tonight that he has received an invite to the Arizona Cardinals' minicamp on a tryout basis. Kafu played four years for the Cougars, starting in 19 games and playing in 30.
Kafu participated in the Pro Day in March and was ranked by nfldraftscout.com as the 40th offensive guard in the draft. His Pro Day numbers weren't eye-popping as you can see below:
40 yard dash: 5.42
225 LB Bench Reps: 29
Vertical Jump: 27 inches
Broad Jump: 8'02"
3-Cone Drill: 7.76
Kafu has the size to be successful but he will need to put a lot of work in before and during the tryout in order to impress the Cardinals enough to open up a roster spot for him. At 354 lbs he can be a solid object on the field but he will need to work on his footwork to compensate for some of the defensive quickness he will face in the league. The one thing the Cardinals can count on is his maturity and character. Kafu is a little older than other rookies as he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York Mission. This allows him to avoid some of the rookie pitfalls that others may fall into, but does put a few more years on his resume.