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Bear Republic Podcast: Bradley Northnagel talks about his combine experience, new head basketball coach Wyking Jones is discussed

BERKELEY -- Big 40 times were the news of the day at Cal's Pro Day in the pouring rain, as we break down a long and winding journey for longsnapper Bradley Northnagel.

We'll have more on Pro Day soon, but in the meantime, listen to our Bear Republic Podcast, as we talk with NFL Combine invitee Bradley Northnagel's baseball past, his Stanford and 49er roots, being yelled to get off the field on his first college snap and more. Northnagel has gone from nearly transferring because he was so miserable, to being a scholarship athlete and graduating, with a shot at the NFL. Also discusses is the hire of Wyking Jones as Cal's new head basketball coach.

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Unlike California's 2016 pro day, featuring eventual No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Jared Goff, the Bears' 2017 edition wasn't cloudy and brisk; it was pouring rain. As such, quarterback Davis Webb -- projected to go anywhere from the end of the first round, through the third round -- didn't quite have the day that he perhaps had hoped for. Webb started with the so-called 49er drill -- easy catches over the shoulder, with mainly throws inside 40 yards to Khalfani Muhammad, and Chad Hansen. The pace started out fairly quickly, but slowed as the rain came down harder.

Webb showed good arm strength, but the weather wreaked havoc with his accuracy at times. On a 30-yard streak to Hansen, he overthrew his road roommate. He then hit Patrick Worstell on the same route three passes later on the left.

Webb attempted just under 10 throws of over 35 yards over the first two thirds of his session, and then after a red zone set of throws, went back to the air, finding Hansen several times 40-plus yards down field. Webb's plan was in contrast to Goff's, given that Goff showed off much more of his downfield accuracy, whereas Webb worked on short throws, taking most of his snaps from a simulated under-center position.

We'll have more on Webb's day soon, as well as Cal's open practice at 3:30. As for top workout performers, in the morning, private measurables session, Muhammad helped out his stock the most.

The diminutive running back also paced all runners in the 40-yard dash, burning a 4.35-second time in the rain. That time would have ranked best out of all running backs at the NFL Combine. Hansen ran an unofficial 4.45.

Muhammad also paced all comers with a 10-foot-6 broad jump, and ran a 6.74 3-cone drill, which would have been good for second among running backs at the Combine. He also clocked a 4.27-second 20-yard shuttle, which would have been the fastest at the NFL Combine for running backs.

Worstell ran a 4.49 in the 40, opening some eyes. He also had a 6.67-second 3-cone drill, and a vertical leap of 35 inches.

Safety Khari Vanderbilt posted a 37-inch vertical, and safety Damariay Drew -- who had his senior season taken away from him due to an ACL tear -- leaped 35 inches. Drew also ran a 4.62 in the 40.


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