Results tagged “NFL” from California

JORDAN STILL WAITING

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Former Cal defensive end is still waiting to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. So where will he land?

There has been a lot of talk about the New England Patriots liking Jordan, to the point where some speculated they would trade up into the top ten to pick the former Golden Bear. With a rush of quarterbacks being taken in the top half of the first round, Jordan may still be there for the Patriots' original pick at 17th overall.

If Jordan lasts beyond New England, many more think he will end up in San Diego, which is certainly in the market for a defensive end.

Regardless, we should be getting closer to the point when Roger Goodell will call the former Cal standout's name from the podium.


WHERE WILL CAM GO?

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With the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft officially under way, there is plenty of speculation regarding where former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan will end up.

Earlier today, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the New England Patriots are looking to trade up to the Cowboys' ninth overall pick in order to select Jordan.

A few hours later, however, Michael Smith (also of ESPN) reported that the Patriots will not trade up to select Jordan after all. Knowing how New England operates on draft day, however, says that it could still certainly happen.

One thing is for sure: Cam Jordan is a consensus first round pick and is one of 25 prospects to be on hand at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for today's festivities. He should hear his name called sometime soon.


"CANDID CAM" COMING YOUR WAY

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Former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has made quite the name for himself heading into this week's NFL Draft.

The soon-to-be Berkeley alum is expected to go in the first round on Thursday night, extending a streak of first-rounders from Cal that includes Tyson Alualu (2010), Jahvid Best (2010), Alex Mack (2009), and Marshawn Lynch (2007).

(We should note that All-Pro wide receiver and return man Desean Jackson somehow slipped out of the first round in 2008, being picked up by the Eagles in the second round. Plenty of teams are certainly regretting that move now.)

Calbears.com will be hosting Cal NFL Draft Central for Thursday's first round and the Bear Blog will be functioning as an NFL Draft blog for the weekend.

We also will host Candid Cam, where Cameron Jordan will offer Bear Blog readers an inside look at the life of a first round prospect waiting for his name to be called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Needless to say, for all of your NFL draft coverage regarding former Golden Bears, this is the place to be. At least Cam Jordan will be here.

DESMOND BISHOP HONORED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

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It's been a good couple of months for former Cal football player and current Green Bay Packer Desmond Bishop.

Bishop was a key contributor to the Packers' 2010-2011 Super Bowl winning season, culminating with a crucial fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of the biggest game his career (fast forward to the 5:45 mark of this video to see the highlight).

Today, the former Golden Bear was honored in a different way - on the floor of the California State Assembly by Mariko Yamada, the representative of California' 8th Assembly District, which includes Bishop's hometown of Fairfield. You can read the entire story here.


PRO DAY VIDEO FEATURE

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Here's the full video feature from yesterday's Pro Day held at Witter Rugby Field here in Berkeley. For more coverage, check out the Bear Blog's home page.




PRO DAY REWIND: CAMERON JORDAN

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Projected first-round pick Cameron Jordan did not participate in any measurable drills at Cal's Pro Day this morning, however he did take part in position drills and then joined us to talk about his day. Here's what he had to say.






Note: This footage will be edited into a full video feature to be posted later this week on the Bear Blog.


PRO DAY REWIND: SHANE VEREEN

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Former Cal running back Shane Vereen followed up a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, which included 31 reps of the bench press at 225 pounds (the second highest total among running backs), by participating in position drills at today's Pro Day.

Vereen joined us after the day was over to talk about his performance and the NFL Draft process. Here's what he had to say.





Note: This footage will be edited into a full video feature to be posted later this week on the Bear Blog.


PRO DAY REWIND: MORE RESULTS

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Here's a compilation of some of the top results from today's Pro Day where 17 Cal football alumni worked out in front of scouts from more than 25 NFL teams.

  1. Jeremy Ross was clocked as low as 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, 4.15 in the 20-yard shuttle and posted a 39 inch vertical leap.
  2. Bryant Nnabuife had a 40 inch vertical leap, a broad jump of 10 feet 2 inches and a 4.06 second 20-yard shuttle.
  3. Richard Fisher posted some big numbers, including 27 reps of the bench press at 225 pounds and a 32 1/2 vertical leap.
  4. Keith Browner had the longest vertical arm span at 35 1/4 inches.
  5. Chris Guarnero weighed in at a solid 290 pounds.

Note: Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen and Mike Mohamed did not participate in the weight room or in any measurable drills after their participation in the NFL Scouting Combine.

PRO DAY REWIND: MEDIA FRENZY

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As 17 former Cal football players showcased their talents on the field and in the weight room in an effort to prove their ability to play at the next level, many of these players also got a taste of NFL-caliber media attention.

A large group of reporters questioned many of the former Golden Bears, including projected first-round pick and defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, quarterback Kevin Riley, running back Shane Vereen and linebacker Mike Mohamed. Check out a few photos from earlier this afternoon.



Cameron Jordan answers questions from the media following his Pro Day performance.


Kevin Riley laughs at the questions from the congregated media members.


Shane Vereen speaks with numerous local media members.


Mike Mohamed, one of the first players to conclude drills, speaks to reporters on Witter Rugby Field.

PRO DAY REWIND: ROSS HAS BIG DAY

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For the former Cal players like wide receiver and return man Jeremy Ross who did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine, today's Pro Day was the biggest opportunity to audition in front of NFL scouts. Ross made the most of his opportunity.

One scout told us that Ross "really helped himself today." He was clocked at as low as 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and added an impressive 39 inch vertical leap and a 4.15 run in the 20-yard shuttle.

The scout spoke very highly of Ross' athletic ability and was impressed with his performance both in the weight room and on the field. He was optimistic that Ross' considerable physical abilities would translate well to the next level.

Here are some photos of Ross from throughout the morning.



Ross takes off for the broad jump.


Ross is captured midair during the broad jump.


Ross sticks the landing of his broad jump this morning.


Ross runs through the finish of his 40-yard dash, which was clocked as low as 4.39 seconds.



PRO DAY REWIND: NNABUIFE WITH BIG UPS

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Former Cal cornerback Bryant Nnabuife may have opened the eyes of NFL talent evaluators today with an impressive 40 inch vertical leap, as well as posting 10 foot 2 inch broad jump and a 20-yard shuttle timed as low as 4.06 seconds.

Said one scout immediately following Nnabuife's vertical, "Now I have to go watch some tape." If he managed to capture the attention of NFL scouts, Nnabuife, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, certainly had a successful day.

Here are some photos from the leap.














PRO DAY REWIND: CHECK IN AND WEIGH IN

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The Pro Day held at Witter Rugby Field and at the adjacent weight lifting facility offered 17 Cal football alumni an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a large group of congregated NFL scouts from more than 25 NFL teams.

With the NFL Draft rapidly approaching in late April, today's events played a role in the evaluation of each former Golden Bear. And while four players - Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen, Mike Mohamed and Chris Conte - already worked out for scouts at the NFL combine just weeks ago, many more athletes had an opportunity to audition for the next level.

The day began with each player filling out necessary paperwork before having their hands, arms, and wingspan measured as well as their height and weight recorded. Here are some photos from this portion of the morning, with many more to come.



Offensive lineman Richard Fisher fills out his paper work prior to today's Pro Day.


Shane Vereen (seated) sits on the floor of the weight room while filling out paperwork.


Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan gets his arm measured by NFL scouts.


Cameron Jordan's arm span is analyzed by scouts as well.


Wide receiver and return man Jeremy Ross has his hand measured.


Running back Shane Vereen is measured while a host of scouts looks on.


PRO DAY: MEASURABLE DRILLS

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The former Cal football players performing in front of NFL scouts at today's Pro Day have finished the measurable drills portion of the morning on Witter Rugby Field.

After working out in front of talent evaluators earlier in the weight room, this year's NFL prospects moved outside to run the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and 3 cone drill.

As we promised earlier, we'll be back later with full coverage of the morning including results, photos, and on-camera videos with some of the athletes. Until then, keep up with the Bear Blog on Twitter for updates.




PRO DAY: WEIGHT ROOM SESSION

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The group of former Cal football players, including prospects Cameron Jordan and Shane Vereen, have concluded the weight room portion of the 2011 Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts.

The former Golden Bears will now move out to Witter Rugby field to run a 40-yard dash and complete other measurable drills to be evaluated prior to April's NFL Draft.

Each player had his hand size, arm length and wing span measured, as well as his height and weight taken to start of the day. They then had the option of performing in the vertical leap, broad jump and bench press at 225 pounds.

Check back with the Bear Blog throughout the day for more in-depth coverage, including exclusive photos and results from the morning. Until then, follow us on Twitter for further information from Pro Day.


FORMER GOLDEN BEARS TO WORK OUT FOR NFL SCOUTS

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Today a group of former Cal players, including notable 2010 performers Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen and Mike Mohamed, will work out for a group of NFL scouts at this years Pro Day at Witter Rugby Field and the temporary weight room above Memorial Stadium.

The morning session will begin with weight lifting before the former Bears will run, jump and complete ball drills on the field to prove their worth heading into the 2011 NFL Draft to be held in April.

While Jordan, Vereen and Mohamed, along with safety Chris Conte, worked out in front of scouts at the NFL combine two weeks ago in Indianapolis, today's event offers many more former Cal players an opportunity to showcase their talents in quest of continuing their football careers at the next level.

Needless to say, the Bear Blog will be offering you exclusive coverage of the event from inside the weight room and on the field. Keep it here all morning for results, photos and video updates.

If you don't already, follow the Bear Blog on Twitter for real-time results throughout the morning workouts.




BOWLING WITH LORENZO ALEXANDER

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Former Cal standout Lorenzo Alexander is going bowling, and he wants you to join him.

The Washington Redskins linebacker and Oakland native is hosting a benefit for his foundation on Saturday, March 26 at Albany Bowl on San Pablo Avenue.

Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi is set to appear at the event, as are other current NFL players along with Alexander. Here's the flier for the event with all the information you need to attend.



NFL Draft Pick Signings: Alualu and Best Ink Deals

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As of today, both of Cal's first-round picks from the 2010 NFL Draft -- No. 10 overall pick Tyson Alualu to the Jacksonville Jaguars and No. 30 overall pick Jahvid Best to the Detroit Lions -- have signed their first pro contracts.

Jags coach Jack Del Rio talks about the Alualu signing a couple of minutes into this video on the official Jacksonville website

Best's deal was announced by DetroitLions.com

Their signings follow that of Syd'Quan Thompson, a seventh-round selection of the Denver Broncos who inked his deal in May.

Former Cal football players signed free agent contracts or arranged workouts with NFL teams on Saturday. Safety Brett Johnson signed with Buffalo, while offensive linemen Chet Teofilo and Mike Tepper both signed with Dallas. Safety Marcus Ezeff has not signed a contract but has a workout scheduled next week with the New York Jets.

Check out the full story.

We expect more news in the upcoming days.

Make sure to check the 2010 NFL Draft Blog for coverage on former Cal football players being selected in the upcoming NFL Draft. For more coverage, go to the NFL.com draft page.

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