Cal Pro Day Analysis

Last year, the California Golden Bears lost DeSean Jackson to the NFL Draft. Jackson was a second round pick and had a big impact in the NFL as a rookie. Jackson finished his first NFL season with 62 receptions. In the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft, another Bear is expected to have an impact as a rookie, but at a different position...

Former Cal center Alex Mack is rated as one of the top three centers in this year's draft. A lot of NFL scouts watched Mack very closely as NFL assistant coach Mike Tice ran him through a number of drills. The Bears might also have a few more players that will be drafted between rounds 3-6.

Tight end Cameron Morrah finished last season with 27 catches and eight touchdowns. Morrah shocked many by declaring for this year's draft. Had Morrah stayed one more year he could have easily been one of the top five tight ends to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

He is one of the fastest players at his position in this year's draft. He caught the ball well during drills and made the adjustments that Mike Tice asked of him when running routes. Morrah might be selected after the fifth round, but has the ability to make a team feel like they are getting second or third round talent in the late rounds of the draft.

Linebacker Zack Follett might not run as fast as other linebackers in this year's draft, but what Follett has working in his favor is a lot of game film that displays his playmaking ability in a 3-4 defense. Right now there are a lot of NFL coaches wondering how certain players will make the transition from defensive end in college to an outside linebacker in the NFL.

Cal was one of the few teams in the NCAA that ran a 3-4 scheme. There are also a number of teams that run the 3-4 in the NFL that can select Follett and not worry about if he is capable enough to learn a new position.

Nate Longshore has had an up and down career as a Bear, but there will be some NFL team that will cling to his 24 TD and 13 interception performance from the 2006 season. There will be a number of teams that look at what Longshore had around him in 2006 and did not have around him in 2008. Nate was very accurate during drills, had good velocity on his throws and hit receivers in stride. Teams that have very strong running games and depend on a lot of play action could be interested in Longshore.

Fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou does not suffer from a lack of talent, but could go undrafted, because not that many teams use a fullback on a consistent basis. He proved that he has good speed out of the backfield and has very good hands. Ta'ufo'ou could be very effective in red zone situations. Any team would be wise to select him. The worst thing that should happen is he would be signed as a free agent immediately after the draft.


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