Quan Sturdivant may or may not turn out to be a solid football player for the Arizona Cardinals. The inside linebacker drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft is the 171st player taken which automatically makes him a bit of a gamble like most other players taken in the late rounds. Certainly there's examples of guys doing really well who were drafted late but there's far more busts coming out of the sixth round.
One thing about this pick, we aren't likely to forget his name. Quan Sturdivant has a nice ring to it. It's bound to stick in the craw for a few years regardless of what the young man out of North Carolina does in a Cardinals uniform.
Quan has a few clouds hanging over him. He missed five games during the 2010 season due to a hamstring injury and only participated in some of the drills at the NFL Combine. He was also cited for possession of marijuana in 2010. Sturdivant should compete for a job right away as the Cardinals have plenty of holes to fill on the linebacker corp. They are expected not to bring back Gerald Hayes.
2011 NFL Draft Results: Arizona Cardinals Fill A Need By Taking Quan Sturdivant - Revenge of the Birds
It looks like the Cardinals have found their guy to compete with Paris Lenon and possibly line up next to Daryl Washington. Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina is the choice and he is a guy that Arizona Cardinals fans should see as pick that fills a need.
Sturdivant was projected to go in the third or fourth round by Mel Kiper Jr. from ESPN, so for the Cardinals to pick him up in the sixth round means that they got tremendous value with their pick.