Packers Bring In Corner/Returner

This promising prospect had to sit out the 2009 season because of academic issues. What is his upside? Find out more in our latest Packer Report draft exclusive.

The Green Bay Packers' quest to upgrade their secondary and return game isn't ending with first-round prospects Kyle Wilson and Devin McCourty.

In fact, it isn't even ending with prospects who played last season.

The Packers brought in former Troy cornerback Jorrick Calvin, a source told Packer Report.

Calvin sat out last season after being ruled academically ineligible about two weeks before the start of the season. In 2008, his only season for Troy, he picked off two passes and led the Trojans with nine passes broken up and three fumble recoveries.

The 5-foot-10 Calvin was a difference-maker on special teams, and that's an area that the Packers need to upgrade after cornerback Will Blackmon suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. Calvin averaged 25.7 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown and 9.9 yards on punt returns. He also blocked one kick and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Calvin, who replaced Buffalo's 2008 first-round pick, Leodis McKelvin, in the Trojans' lineup as a junior college transfer, almost certainly would be available as an undrafted free agent. This time of year, a lot of pre-draft visits serve as recruiting meet-and-greets in hopes of getting a player to sign after the draft. The Packers attended Calvin's pro day, when he ran 40-yard dashes in 4.46 and 4.64 seconds, with a 33-inch vertical leap. His 20-yard shuttle and three-cone times were well off the best of the Combine, but some of that is to be expected considering he didn't play in 2009.

Calvin picked off 26 passes in high school, including 13 as a senior.

"He's not a bad player," draft analyst Chris Steuber said. "He has some versatility to his game and can be an option on special teams as a return specialist. But obviously he's not a highly rated guy and will likely be an undrafted free agent. I think the Packers are searching for depth at cornerback and Calvin is an intriguing developmental cornerback."

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