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Cardinals select Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin in final round of NFL Draft

In the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected former ASU running back Eno Benjamin.
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Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected former ASU running back Eno Benjamin. 

Earlier in the day, the Cardinals selected two defensive tackles in the fourth round in Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence. In the sixth round, the Cards drafted former Pac-12 defensive player of the year, linebacker Evan Weaver.

The last time the Cardinals drafted a player from Arizona State was in 1998 with Pat Tillman in the seventh round, 226th overall.

Benjamin, the former ASU captain was a workhorse back for the Sun Devils, carrying the ball 300 times in 2018 and 253 times in 2019.

Benjamin rushed for more than 100 yards in 15 games over his final two seasons at ASU. 

In 2018, Benjamin rushed for 16 touchdowns and added 10 more in 2019. 

Benjamin also broke the single-season school record for rushing yards in 2018 with 1,642 yards. He also broke the single-game school rushing record with his 312-yard performance against Oregon State in 2018.

He rushed for more than 100 yards in his final two regular season games as a Sun Devil in 2019, helping to knock off No. 6-ranked Oregon at home and to keep the Territorial Cup in ASU's hands with the defeat of in-state rival Arizona.

Benjamin was No. 1 in the PAC-12 conference in rushing attempts in each of the last two seasons.

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Benjamin is the second ASU running back drafted in three years after the Miami Dolphins selected Kalen Ballage in the fourth round in 2018.