TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ The Arizona Cardinals picked a projected
role player in the fifth round of the NFL draft, selecting
Connecticut fullback Anthony Sherman.

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Anthony Sherman (File: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport)

Sherman, the 136th pick overall, had only 17 carries in his
college career but is considered a strong blocker and could fill in
well on special teams.
The Cardinals are one of the few teams in the NFL that still
employ a fullback, and they do it only on a sporadic basis. They
carried one fullback on their roster last season.
Sherman had 48 career receptions at Connecticut, 11 last season.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Chargers have selected
Connecticut running back Jordan Todman on Saturday in the sixth
round of the NFL draft.

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(File: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

Todman was taken No. 183 overall after a 2010 season during
which he earned the Big East offensive player of the year award and
second-team All-American honors.
He had 334 carries for 1,695 yards and 14 touchdowns during his
junior season, after which he declared for the NFL draft.
Todman is known as a slasher who can also return kickoffs, and
can fill a role similar to that of Darren Sproles, who starred for
the Chargers but is now an unrestricted free agent.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

By MIKE CRANSTON,  AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The Carolina Panthers have added more
depth on defense by taking Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson
of Connecticut with the first of two sixth-round choices.

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(File: Garry Jones/AP Photo)

Wilson on Saturday became the fourth defensive player taken by
Carolina and first-year coach Ron Rivera in the draft.
The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Wilson led the Big East in tackles the
past two seasons, collecting 123 last year while playing outside
linebacker. He helps fill a need with uncertainty surrounding
Thomas Davis’ return from two major knee injuries and James
Anderson’s impending free agency.
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native became the first player from that
state to sign with UConn.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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