Sixth-round cornerback didn’t play in 2009

Posted by Darren Urban on April 24, 2010 – 12:10 pm

The Cardinals took Troy cornerback Jorrick Calvin in the sixth round, necessary after the Cards dealt Bryant McFadden earlier today. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Calvin ran a 4.64 and 4.46 40s at his pro day. The negative? He didn’t play as a senior after being ruled ineligible, because Troy administrators figured out he had run out of eligibility after starting his college career at Northwestern State in 2005 and then going to community college. An interesting choice, although he was a starter for Troy before that (two interceptions in 2008) and was on the radar of NFL teams.

UPDATE: Calvin said he was academically ineligible because, after a “couple of deaths” in his family in the spring of 2009, he failed to inform one of his teachers he would be missing some classes and he ended up with a failing grade. That put him below the 24 credit hours for the year he needed to play. “I’ve had problems in my past, but I have come to realize there is more in life to worry about than bull,” he said.

Calvin said he spent the football season with the team and lifted weights. “I just couldn’t play on Saturdays,” he said. Calvin added he wasn’t worried about rust. “Once an athlete, always an athlete,” he said.

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48 Responses to “Sixth-round cornerback didn’t play in 2009”

  1. By Bill on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m at a loss for words …. Pick a guy who’s coming off an ACL tear 3 months ago. Trade a Corner and a pick for a QB then draft a Corner who hasn’t played football in over a year.

    DRC do not get hurt this year!!!!!!!

  2. By Chad on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply


  3. By justin on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    i like drafting need, especially late but really? The last time this kid played was 2008 for a small school against sub par competition. Almost every mock I have seen has 10+ CB’s left on the board ranked higher then him.

  4. By CardinalSwagger on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting indeed. What position you think the office will be looking at in the 7th round?

  5. By Rick on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t do any worse than McFadan did last year, let’s hope for an upgrade at cover corner.

  6. By Scharf on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Looks good. Im not really dissapointed he didn’t play as a Senior because he just got caught up in something he couldn’t control. So no big deal. So far most of the guys that nobody seems to pick up, we decide to and they turn out to be great. Greg Toler for instance, not alot of people were interested in him (as far as I know) because he was from a smaller college but look at him now, he probably is going to be the starter next year. Toler and DRC in the backfeild. Now thats awesome. lol.

    Give my regards to the organization Darren! Loving the picks. Making me feel even more confident this season.

  7. By KG on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Anyone else feeling an offensive lineman in round 7?

  8. By bobo on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    What have you heard about this guy Darren?

  9. By darrenurban on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Bobo —

    Not before an hour before.

  10. By Steve on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like a candidate for the practice squad, coaches must have seen something special in this kid, cant find any info on him

  11. By Chris on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, knowing we needed a CB, do we have any insight on this CB being that we passed on a CB who played last season or a “Myron Rolle” persay?

  12. By justin on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    scharf –

    Greg Toler wouldn’t start for most of the teams in the league and like you said, probably gonna be a starter for us. That should scare the heck out of you.

  13. By Jonathan on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    win or lose… whatever players out there… i’ll always be a Cardinals fan…

  14. By Ed on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Seriously? There was nothing better on the board?

  15. By Brian on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    The real question is why were other CBs ranked higher, and why did the Cards pick him. Maybe he doesn’t pan out, but is anyone at least curious and excited to find out what the Cards see in him. “Experts” do not scout the players like teams do – that is why teams find gems in late rounds. They scouted someone no one else did. Read the story about the Braves RF Jason Heyward. The Braves Scout watched him from trees to avoid drawing attention and having more scouts see him. He wasn’t on a lot of teams radar. Professional talent evaluators are not the “experts” making mock drafts. DRC and Toller were both small school corners. I think part of what Wiz likes about them is small school players play with a chip on their shoulder. I am ready to see what this kid has to offer.

  16. By Vegas Cards on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    We still have Dorin Dickerson and Donovan Warren on the Board, We Are fine at Oline, Rex hadnot signing helped, enough UFA out there to fill needs. NEED a TE or another CB! We do this together!

  17. By black on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    When Hightower was drafted it raised concernerns, I”ll trust Whiz.

  18. By Matt on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I say we take another DB or a TE in the 7th. The Jets released Faneca so we should try to pick him up since Lutui hasn’t signed his tender. That would help sure up the O-line.

  19. By Dockett on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Yea haven’t like any of the picks today….plus we lost a starting corner for a 3rd string QB.What the heck.

  20. By TucsonTim on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    If we knew we were going to unload McFadden, a good decision, then why did we use a 3rd to pick up a punt returner?

  21. By Chuck on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Im sure Whiz will sign some free agents after the draft, to fill in areas of concern.We need veteren corners to compliment DRC on passing downs!

  22. By Brian on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply


    How can you say he wouldn’t start on most teams? Most teams have a significant drop-off from their number 1 to number 2 CB. It is a difficult position to fill. I think Toller could hold his own against a lot of number two CBs. Just my opinion.

  23. By AZfAn808 on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Do you see this guy challenging for a starting spot at some point? Or just depth?

  24. By darrenurban on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    azFan —

    We’ll see. He’ll be depth for now. He’s a sixth-round pick. Expectations shouldn’t be too big.

  25. By Charles on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Good point Matt. And we all know how Whiz likes his Steelers guys. Faneca would still be an upgrade over Deuce.

  26. By gene on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply


    in wiz we trust.

  27. By Chad on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Brian, I get that we might see something in him that others don’t – and I’m good with that and having him on the team. My question is why we used a draft pick on him when we could have gotten him signed after the draft or used a even later pick on him? Take Andre Roberts…why a 3rd when we possibly could have gotten him in the 4th or 6th?

  28. By Dave the Puzzled Season Ticket Holder on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    We were paper thin at Corner anyways – Now we are even worse at CB, a questionable #2 starter, an occasionally injury prone # 1 corner, and then absolute crap for depth behind them, for a QB that will NEVER play!

    This is gross incompetence in personnel management Graves, you fix the front seven, and then completely weaken and deplete a secondary held together with duct tape.

    We went nowhere this off-season, really sad.

  29. By Flood on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Really Troy a small school? Not from a big time conference but one of the bigger middle tier programs that always schedules tough. Plus, Demarcus Ware went to Troy and he turned out alright. Everyone drafted after the the 4th round or so has a question or a flag. So don’t be surprised when these guys have question marks. This draft came out just fine IMO.

  30. By gordo on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    didnt leodis mckelvin from troy?

  31. By shannonrobinson on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m amazed at what some of our fans say about the team we’re supposed to enjoy supporting. Maybe if we don’t know a player’s history we ought to see him play in camp and then decide if we like him or not. Where were all the McFadden fans when he was being toasted daily as awfull?

  32. By Brian on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Chad –

    You draft when you do because those are the players you want, and an important component of the whole process is letting these kids know they are who you wanted. Things get a lot more complicated trying to get undrafted free agents to come to your team over another. I was not saying no one else knew about these players, they just might have been less known. Maybe a team was waiting until the 7th to take a flier on him, we don’t know. Fans always ask “Why did we take him then when all this other talent was on the board”. Two things; one, who is defining talent, and two, the team knows who is on the board and based on their assessments, not fan “genius”, they take who they want.

  33. By Don't Take Losses on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    You naysayers or jsut doubters need to step back. This is the same front office that found, drafted and coached up DRC, now Toler…next? Calvin. I read the bios on every CB left and the last 10 taken before Calvin. Most read “get lost in space, can’t find ball in air, slow to recover…” etc. That is EXACTLY what we traded away @ $5m per in B. Toast McFad. CB is a position that requires great physical skills and the conscience of an …(won’t say it). The point is it is different from every other position in the draft imho. Always a crap shoot. I trust our scouts and the Men in Red. I got to give them credit for guts in this draft class. I like it A LOT. Giddyup.

  34. By Flood on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Dave the Puzzled-
    What about Kerry Rhodes? I think that was an upgrade from Rolle (if from a safety standpoint and not an overall athlete one). Everyone can panic but let things play out and I think we will be just fine. My wife would be shocked to hear I am the voice of clam and reason!

  35. By Flood on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply


    Yes he did. They have been putting out good players the last 5 years or so. They are no punks. Thanks for helping me with my point!

  36. By Eric on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone should just calm down and get off the ledge. There is a plan in place, but do you really think they’re going to come out and tell us. Do you really think they’re just going to dump McFadden, who would have been the #3cb, without a backup plan?

    Take a chill pill, go outside, and enjoy the beautiful day. Everything will be fine and work out. They’re are still veteran cb’s left in free agency. We weren’t going to take one high in the draft that was going to make an immediate impact anyways. Just trying to be the voice of reason here…

  37. By Yoshi on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Guys….we’re fans. Not GM’s, not coaches, and certainly not scouts. We watch the games on tv and in the stands. If you like our GM, if you trust our coach, and you believe in them and their track record thusfar (great) then just accept there moves…because I mean really who are we to object??? The Arizona Cardinals went to the effin superbowl 2 years ago…then we notch ten wins last year…the Arizona effin Cardinals. These guys know what they’re doing. Their pros. We’re fans. How can you not be excited for next season when you watch Whiz/Graves do what they do so well??

  38. By Ctownbeatdown on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    alot of good players come out of troy.

  39. By DRC#1FAN on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    seriously another 5 11 guy? come on. we have those

  40. By Ben on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    The Cardinals took him because he is an outstanding athlete. Anyone from the sixth round is a gamble anyhow. You never know what you might get.

  41. By Landis on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    When it all comes down to it, you cant tell how good a player will be in their transition from NCAA to NFL. They could look the greatest in college and be a complete bust, or the complete opposite(rarely). So as opposed to doubting what has been working really well the past many years, I’m going to say good job front office. I’m very excited to see how it all pans out, since we seemed to really go out of our way for some of these picks. That has to say something about the talent that they saw in him. So now….we wait.

  42. By cardssunscats on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    how about devin ross from UofA. i say sign him and give him a chance to compete!

  43. By Arnold on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    If Calvin can turn his head around to look for the ball while defending a receiver, I’ll be happy…….In Wiz we trust!

  44. By kyle on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    ya but its a 5 11 guy with a huge upside in return ability. LSH did decent job at kick returning but i have a feeling this kid has a great kick return ability

  45. By TucsonTim on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Chad –

    You’re right and Brian is off base. Forget defining talent. Explain to me how you evaluate talent that “hangs out with the team and works out in the weight room.” And the excuse for being academically ineligible is BS. Wasted draft pick.

    Oh, another thing. You get an undrafted player to come by making a phone call and buying him a ticket. Even for football players that can’t make their way to class, that’s not too difficult to understand.

  46. By TucsonTim on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    DRC –

    Don’t worry. He’s actually 5-10, but I’ve seen other sites listing him at 5-9. And by the way he only played one year at Troy, prior to that he played two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., after spending a redshirt season at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. … Recorded five interceptions during his freshman season at ECCC, that should be more re-assuring.

    Did somebody stay out too late partying last night! It would be nice to hear someone from the organization explain to us season ticket holders the logic behind this choice.

  47. By steve on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    sounds whize to me! coach knows what he is doing and I look for a great team this year! GO CARDS!!!!

  48. By chuckgeezy on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    Im not a Cardinals fan but I even know the Cardinals got a good pick in Jorrick Calvin.

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