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Sojourn Shelton II (born December 25, 1994) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Wisconsin, and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Sojourn Shelton
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Shelton with the Arizona Cardinals
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-25) December 25, 1994 (age 24)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school:Plantation (Plantation, Florida)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First Team All-Big Ten (2016)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Shelton attended Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. He was a defensive back for their football team. As a senior, he was rated as a four-star recruit and the 27th best cornerback in the nation.[1] After receiving offers from several big colleges such as Florida State, Ole Miss, and West Virginia, Shelton committed to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to play college football.[2]

College careerEdit

In his first year with the Badgers in 2013, Shelton played all 13 games in the season which included 12 starts at cornerback, in which we recorded thirty-six tackles, four interceptions (tying for third in the Big Ten), and seven pass breakups. He became the first true freshman to start in a season opener since Travis Frederick in 2009. In 2014, he had a season that only included 33 tackles and 6 pass breakups.[3]

In 2015, Shelton seemed to have an increasingly mediocre season, statistically. He recorded 27 tackles, one interception, and seven pass breakups. His sole interception came in the fourth quarter of their Holiday Bowl game against the University of Southern California Trojans to help seal their 23-21 victory. In his final season with Wisconsin in 2016, he had a career high season in interceptions and pass breakups with 4 interceptions and 12 pass-breakups. On November 26, 2016, he logged a 2 interception game against Minnesota.[4]

Professional careerEdit

After what most analysts called an "above average" career at Wisconsin, he was projected to go undrafted by He was invited to the 2016 NFL Combine, where he performed in every workout besides the splits. He achieved a 4.02 second 20-yard shuttle, which ranked third best in his position. He attended the Wisconsin Badgers Pro day, where he chose to only do the 40 yard dash, broad jump, and three cone drill.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
177 lb
(80 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
8 38 in
(0.21 m)
4.51 s 4.02 s 6.92 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
10 reps 14[6]
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Shelton was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2017.[8] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[9]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On September 4, 2017, Shelton was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad.[10] He was released on October 27, 2017.[11] On November 14, 2017, Shelton was signed back to the Bengals practice squad.[12] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bengals on January 1, 2018.[13]

On August 23, 2018, Shelton was waived by the Bengals.[14]


  1. ^ "Sojourn Shelton - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "College Football Recruiting Classes - ESPN". Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Sojourn Shelton - 2016". Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sojourn Shelton - 2016". Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Riese, Owen (April 26, 2017). "NFL Draft scouting report: Sojourn Shelton". Bucky's 5th Quarter. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  6. ^ McGinn, Bob (April 15, 2017). "NFL draft: Projecting state prospects". Archived from the original on April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Combine Report". March 2, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Urban, Darren (May 2, 2017). "Cardinals Collect 17 Undrafted Rookies". Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Urban, Darren (September 2, 2017). "Cardinals Make Moves To Reach 53-Man Roster". Archived from the original on September 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bengals Player Moves: Driskel to IR, Toner and Shelton to practice squad". September 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Marcum, Jason (October 27, 2017). "Bengals sign Tony McRae to practice squad; Sojourn Shelton cut to make room".
  12. ^ Hobson, Geoff (November 14, 2017). "Roster moves: Rookie Hill replaces vet Hill at running back; Nickerson waived".
  13. ^ "Bengals Player Moves 1/1". January 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Bengals waive CB Sojourn Shelton". August 23, 2018.

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