Roberts goes to Cardinals


A little before 10 p.m. Friday, it got loud in the Roberts' house in Columbia.

"Really loud," said Andre Roberts. "Everybody was yelling and going crazy."

And with good reason.

Roberts, The Citadel's All-American wide receiver, became just the 12th player in school history to be picked in the NFL draft.

Roberts was selected in the third round, with the 88th pick, by the Arizona Cardinals.

There, he will join fullback Nehemiah Broughton, who was the last Citadel player taken in the draft, in 2005 by the Redskins.

"Obviously, I'm excited," Roberts said. "I can't wait to go to Arizona next week and show them that I am ready to work."

The selection by the Cardinals, coached by Ken Whisenhunt, took Roberts by surprise. Arizona had been scouting him since last fall, but he did not have a lot of interaction with the team leading up to the draft.

"They were probably one of the teams I least expected," he said. "They came in the fall during camp, and one of their scouts came to the North Carolina game. I gave them my contact info the week before the draft, but I gave that to a lot of teams."

Roberts, 5-11 and 195 pounds, joins one of the NFL's best offensive teams, featuring receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet and Steve Breaston.

But the Cardinals lost quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement and traded receiver Anquan Boldin to the Ravens in the offseason. They signed quarterback Derek Anderson to compete with Matt Leinart for the starting job.

"I know it's a passing team, and I can't wait to get down there and get to work," Roberts said.