Riders draft pick, DB Elie Bouka impressing in Arizona

Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka has been impressing in Arizona.

The 24-year-old has fully healed from a torn Achilles, which happened during his final season at the University of Calgary. A hamstring injury suffered in training camp with the Cardinals last year, after signing with Arizona as an undrafted free agent, kept him on injured reserve for all of the 2016 season.

Below, Bouka locks up in man coverage against Cardinals 2017 third-round pick Chad Williams who runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-second range.

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Bouka closes on Williams and makes a spectacular one-handed interception.

Then he makes another play on the football.

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Receiver Aaron Dobson, 2013 second round pick, runs an in-breaking route and Bouka drives on it for a pick.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says Bouka’s big, strong and fast and he’s got all the athletic ability in the world. Arizona’s football personnel men are high on the Laval, Que. native.

Bouka was a third-round pick, 24th overall by the Roughriders in the 2016 CFL draft, but if he keeps making plays and trending upwards it could be a while – if ever – that Saskatchewan gets him in a green and white uniform.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.