Trio of Trojans selected in NFL Draft

TROY, AL - It all started with Cameron Sheffield in the fifth round and when the dust settled from the 2010 National Football League draft, three Troy Trojans were selected by NFL franchises.

Defensive back Jorrick Calvin was the next to go. The Baton Rouge, La.-native missed the 2009 season, but his one season with Troy was enough for Arizona Cardinals to select him in the sixth round (201st overall).

2009 Sun Belt Player of the Year Levi Brown was the final Trojan to be drafted. Brown was picked by the Buffalo Bills where he will be re-united with former Troy standout Leodis McKelvin who was drafted 11th overall in 2008. Brown was the 209th overall selection.

Despite waiting until the final round, Brown is happy with his ultimate destination.

"I'm very relieved," Brown said. "I expected to go a little bit earlier than I did. As the rounds kept going and I didn't hear my name called into fifth and into the sixth round, I started to get a little nervous. Then I finally got a call, so I feel good now."

The signal caller is also going into a situation where Buffalo used three different quarterbacks in 2009 and is not settled on a starter for 2010.

"That's the really, really, really good thing about me going to Buffalo," Brown said. "They don't have an established starter like most teams in the league do and they've got three guys and they've brought in a new coaching staff. We will all be learning the new system at the same time, so they won't be way ahead of me. I think it's a really good fit for me as a quarterback and you know I've got a legitimate shot."

The head coach in Buffalo is former Troy head man Chan Gailey who led the Trojans to a national championship in 1984.

"I met [Gailey] during the combine," Brown said. "I had a private meeting with the Bills there. I talked to him about the days when he was at Troy, so we got a little bit of a connection there."

With three players selected, Troy set a new record breaking the mark of two players that was set in 1985 and tied in 2003.

Brown's selection by Buffalo marked the first time Troy has had an offensive player selected since 2000 and the first time the program had an offensive skill position player taken since 1994.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native will head to Buffalo for his first team activity in two weeks.

Sheffield was selected earlier on Saturday, in the fifth round (142nd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs. He joins former Trojan Dion Gales on the Chiefs squad.

Sheffield became the first-ever Troy player drafted in the fifth round and gave the Trojans a player drafted into the NFL for the fourth straight year and fifth time in six seasons.

"I'm very excited," Sheffield said. "It's been a long wait all week. I should finally be able to get some real sleep tonight. Hopefully, all the anxiety will go away now. Overall, I'm very excited to be a Chief."

Sheffield will head to Kansas City for the first time in the coming week with a rookie mini-camp set for next weekend.

Bear Woods (Atlanta Falcons) and Brandon Lang (San Diego Chargers) were quickly snatched up as priority free agents within the first 30 minutes after the conclusion of the draft.

Several other Troy players are still sorting through offers to determine their new NFL homes. Stay tuned to for more information on those former Trojans as it becomes available.