Seventh round: Vikings take Mississippi safety

April 26th, 2009 – 5:31 PM by Judd Zulgad

The Vikings selected Mississippi free safety Jamarca Sanford with their seventh-round pick (No. 231) overall.

Sanford has certainly had his off-the-field issues. He was arrested in September 2003 after allegedly stealing a car stereo out of a car parked on campus and was arrested again in January 2008 on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to comply. Sanford refused to leave the parking lot of Night Town Billiards in Oxford, according to his bio in the Pro Football Weekly Draft guide.

Sanford, who is 5-9, 214 pounds, started all 13 games at strong safety last season and served as a team captain. He is a cousin of Rebels defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who was taken 24th by the Atlanta Falcons.

The PFW bio on Sanford graded him as a “priority free agent” calling him an, “aggressive, fireplug, box safety with limitations in coverage. Could have to make it on special teams.”


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