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Arizona goes for ILB Sturdivant from Tar Heels

Associated Press Modified: April 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm •  Published: April 30, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have used their sixth-round pick to select Quan Sturdivant, an inside linebacker from North Carolina who many had projected to go much earlier in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound player missed five games with a hamstring injury last season. He led the Tar Heels in tackles as a sophomore and junior and, despite missing so much action with an injury, was third on the team with 61 last season.

In his final collegiate play, he made an interception in the second overtime to clinch North Carolina's victory over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.

Sturdivant was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana in July 2010. He was cleared of the charge after agreeing to a diversion program. He says that is why he dropped so far in the draft.