Former Lumberjack receiver Daiveun Curry-Chapman officially joined the Arizona Cardinals when the team announced he signed a rookie free agent deal on Wednesday, along with 20 others.
Curry-Chapman (6 feet, 2 inches, 195 pounds) is one of four rookie wide receivers expected to battle for a roster spot once camp opens today. He'll compete with seventh-round pick Demarco Sampson (6-2, 204, San Diego State) along with other rookie signees Sean Jeffcoat (6-2, 200, Elon University) and Aaron Nichols (6-0, 185, Oregon State).
Curry-Chapman appeared in 41 games (19 starts) in four seasons with the Jacks and collected 107 receptions for 1,066 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. His best season came as a senior when he earned All-Big Sky second-team honors after starting all 11 games and led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (738) and receiving touchdowns.
The Cardinals also signed two siblings of current team members. Former Miami safety Jared Campbell (6-0, 200) will hope to team up his brother, defensive end Calais Campbell, while tight end Stephen Skelton (6-5, 250) may be catching passes again from quarterback John Skelton. The two were previously teammates at Fordham University in 2009 when Stephen set career highs with 63 receptions for 634 yards (10.1 yard avg.) and six touchdowns. The 63 receptions were the most all-time in school history for a tight end and the fifth-best single-season total in school history. For his career, Skelton had 127 receptions for 1,313 yards (10.3 yard avg.) and 10 touchdowns in 40 games played.
The other signees include four defensive backs: cornerback Desia Dunn (5-9, 195, Florida State), safety Tommy Irvin (6-0, 212, Wofford); cornerback Da'mon Merkerson (6-1, 184, Syracuse and safety Andrew Rich (6-3, 217, BYU); seven offensive lineman: tackle Eric Mensik (6-6, 288, Oklahoma); guard Greg Niland (6-5, 305, Massachusetts); center and Tucson native Kris O'Dowd (6-4, 304, USC); tackle Jason Speredon (6-5, 308, BYU); tackle Brad Thorson (6-5, 310, Kansas ); guard Jake Vermiglio (6-5, 325, N.C. State); and tackle D.J. Young (6-5, 298, Michigan State); two linebackers Duke Lemmens (6-3, 250, Florida) and Kendall Smith (6-0, 235, Florida State); one running back William Powell (5-9, 207, Kansas State); one punter: Derek Epperson (6-3, 240, Baylor); and one defensive tackle: Ricky Lumpkin (6-4, 306, Kentucky).