The Full Book on Chris Conte

Bear Report brings you everything you need to know about S Chris Conte in this biography and performance breakdown from NFL Scouting, distributed to teams for their draft preparation.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL CONTE

Free Safety/Cornerback

University of California at Berkeley Golden Bears

6-2, 197

Los Angeles, California

Loyola High School

OVERVIEW
After spending his first three collegiate seasons as a reserve cornerback, Conte moved to safety in his final campaign and was a pleasant surprise for the Golden Bears defense. In just his first season playing the position, he earned All-Pacific 10 Conference first-team accolades while helping California produce the league's best unit.

The Golden Bears secondary made a remarkable turnaround after finishing ninth in the Pac-10 Conference and 111th in the country in pass defense a season ago (266.85 ypg). With Conte manning center field, California produced the league's top-ranked unit vs. the aerial attack while placing 21st in the nation, as they surrendered just 187.00 passing yards per game. Cal also led the conference and ranked 18th nationally in total defense, allowing 319.08 yards in total offense per game.

Conte brings cornerback skills to the safety position, displaying the range, speed and athletic ability necessary to succeed at the next level. He possesses ideal size and has proven himself a reliable open-field tackler. Despite his inexperience, Conte excelled in his only season as a starter, displaying enough upside to lead scouts to believe his best football is still ahead of him.

Conte was a standout wide receiver and safety at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California. As a junior, he contributed 38 tackles with two interceptions while helping his team claim the CIF Division I Championship title with a 10-4 overall record. In his senior season, Conte earned All-Far West honors by Super Prep after delivering 58 tackles with four interceptions. He added 614 yards and five touchdowns on 43 receptions while the Loyola Cubs managed a 4-6 overall record.

Conte was rated a four-star prospect by recruiting service Rivals.com, who listed him as the 21st safety in the nation and the 35th recruit in the state of California. Scout.com gave him a three-star rating, ranking him as the 65th safety in the country. He knew early-on in the recruiting process that his decision would come down to UCLA and California, but struggled to choose between the two.

Conte committed to the Golden Bears prior to his senior year, but switched to UCLA after the season. He changed his mind again on signing day and eventually decided to continue his football career in Berkley.


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Conte enrolled at the University of California in 2007 and enjoyed a productive campaign as a true freshman. The reserve cornerback played in the final 12 games of the year with three starting assignments and delivered the most tackles by a true freshman at Cal since Donnie McCleskey in 2002 (45). He posted 31 tackles (19 solos) with a three-yard stop for loss and a fumble recovery, earning Freshman All-American status by The Sporting News.

Conte played in 12 games as a sophomore in 2008, missing one contest due to a broken thumb. He started on one occasion when Cal opened in its nickel package, but remained a reserve at the cornerback spot. He contributed 28 tackles (15 solos) with a five-yard stop for loss, one interception and five pass deflections.

As a junior in 2009, Conte played in all 13 games as a back-up cornerback and started one contest, again when Cal opened in the nickel. He managed 25 tackles (19 solos) and deflected one pass attempt, adding 14 yards on one kickoff return.

Entering the 2010 season, California hired longtime NFL coach Clancy Pendergast to take over as its defensive coordinator. Pendergast brought a variety of changes to the Golden Bears defense, one of which included moving Conte from cornerback to safety. The switch proved to be a blessing for the fourth-year senior, as he enjoyed a breakout campaign in his new role.

Conte started all 12 games at safety in 2010 and earned first-team All-Pac 10 Conference honors. He ranked third among Golden Bears defenders with 72 tackles (46 solos), including two stops for combined losses of five yards. He added three pass deflections, an interception and a forced fumble. He also blocked a punt and returned it 17 yards for a score, adding 41 yards on two kickoff returns (20.50 avg).

CAREER NOTES
Conte started 17-of-49 games for California, including 12 at safety and five at cornerback, as he registered 156 tackles (99 solos) with four stops for combined losses of 13 yards… Caused one fumble and recovered another…Recorded two interceptions and deflected 11 other pass attempts…Blocked one punt and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown…Gained 55 yards on three kickoff returns (18.33 avg).

2010 SEASON
All-Pacific 10 Conference first-team selection…Started all 12 games at free safety and ranked third among Golden Bears defenders with 72 tackles (46 solos), including two stops for combined losses of five yards…Member of a secondary that led the Pac-10 and finished 21st in the nation in pass defense (187.00 ypg)…Registered one interception and deflected three pass attempts, including one on third-down and another on fourth-down…Made 30 stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 343 yards (11.43 ypc) and 13 first downs on those receptions, as he made five third-down stops…Made 42 stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 267 yards (6.36 ypc) and 16 first downs, as he made five third-down stops and two more on fourth-down…Delivered seven of his hits inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays…Gained 41 yards on two kickoff returns (20.50 avg).

2010 GAME ANALYSIS
Cal-Davis…Conte helped bring down Josh Reese after a three-yard rush in the second quarter…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the ground game, limiting the runner to three yards…Part of a defense that allowed 67 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on 9-of-26 passing, and 81 yards in total offense on 45 plays (1.8 avg).


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Colorado…The senior tackled two receivers after first-down catches in the second and third quarters…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted two stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 18 yards and two first downs on those receptions…Part of a defense that allowed 166 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions on 18-of-34 passing, and 241 yards in total offense on 76 plays (3.2 avg).

Nevada…Conte contributed seven tackles (two solos), including a stop for no gain on Vai Taua in the fourth quarter…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receiver to 33 yards and one first down on that reception…Made six stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 58 yards and five first downs, as he took down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 181 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 10-of-15 passing, and 497 yards in total offense on 64 plays (7.8 avg).

Arizona…Conte intercepted a pass attempt by Nick Foles inside the red zone with just seconds remaining in the first half and added eight solo tackles…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted five stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 28 yards on those receptions…Made three stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 35 yards and two first downs…Part of a defense that allowed 212 yards, a touchdown and one interception on 25-of-39 passing, and 311 yards in total offense on 65 plays (4.8 avg).

UCLA…The safety held the opposition to three-and-out during a first quarter drive by stopping Johnathan Franklin short of a conversion on a third-&-20 carry…Conte hit Franklin again a series later and caused the tailback to fumble, as Josh Hill recovered the loose ball for Cal, who converted the turnover into a touchdown on the ensuing series…He finished with five tackles (four solos)…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receiver to 19 yards and one first down on that reception…Made four stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 23 yards, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 118 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 15-of-37 passing, and 144 yards in total offense on 63 plays (2.3 avg).

Southern California…Conte racked up a career-high 16 tackles (12 solos)…He stopped Ronald Johnson for a three-yard loss on a first quarter reception…During a second quarter series, Johnson attempt to rush with the ball before Conte and Mychal Kendricks hit him for a one-yard loss…The safety caused a turnover on downs in the final frame, as he brought down C.J. Gable at the line of scrimmage for no gain on fourth-&-4…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted seven stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 75 yards and three first downs on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop… Made nine stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 73 yards and three first downs, as he made one third-down stop and another on fourth-down while taking down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 391 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions on 30-of-44 passing, and 602 yards in total offense on 80 plays (7.5 avg).

Arizona State…Conte forced the opposition to settle for a field goal during the game's opening drive, as he deflected a third-&-6 pass intended for T.J. Simpson inside the red zone…In the third frame, the safety blocked a punt, scooped up the loose ball and returned it 17 yards to the end zone for a touchdown...He finished with three tackles (two solos)…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted three stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 60 yards and two first downs on those receptions, as he deflected one third-down pass attempt…Part of a defense that allowed 177 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions on 16-of-33 passing, and 234 yards in total offense on 60 plays (3.9 avg).

Oregon State…Conte deflected a first quarter pass intended for Jordan Bishop and held the opposition to three-and-out during a third quarter drive, as he stopped Jacquizz Rodgers short of a conversion on a third-&-6 rushing attempt…He finished with eight tackles (three solos)…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted five stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 44 yards and two first downs on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop and deflected one pass attempt…Made three stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to eight yards and one first down, as he made one third-down stop and another on fourth-down…Part of a defense that allowed 195 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 21-of-30 passing, and 392 yards in total offense on 69 plays (5.7 avg).


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Washington State…Conte registered one solo tackle and added 41 yards on two kickoff returns…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receiver to eight yards on that reception…Part of a defense that allowed 92 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on 9-of-25 passing, and 194 yards in total offense on 59 plays (3.3 avg).

Oregon…Conte delivered seven tackles (three solos), including a three-yard stop for loss on LaMichael James in the third quarter…He caused a turnover on downs in the final frame, as he deflected a fourth-&-7 pass attempt by Darron Thomas…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receivers to 10 yards that reception, as he made one third-down stop and deflected one pass attempt on fourth-down…Made six stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 14 yards and two first downs, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 155 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on 15-of-29 passing, and 317 yards in total offense on 84 plays (3.8 avg).

Stanford…The safety contributed seven tackles (six solos)…Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receiver to nine yards on that reception…Made six stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 36 yards and two first downs…Part of a defense that allowed 235 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 16-of-21 passing, and 467 yards in total offense on 69 plays (6.8 avg).

Washington…Conte closed out the season with a seven tackle (four solos) performance… Conte Defensive Impact-The defender posted three stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 39 yards and two first down on those receptions, as he made two third-down stops…Made four stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 17 yards and one first down, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 237 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 17-of-27 passing, and 349 yards in total offense on 63 plays (5.5 avg).

2009 SEASON
Played in all 13 games as a cornerback and started one contest when California opened in its nickel package…Registered 25 tackles (19 solos) and deflected one pass attempt…Also gained 14 yards on one kickoff return.

2009 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Opened the season with two solo stops vs. Maryland…Assisted on two tackles vs. Eastern Washington…Had a solo tackle vs. Minnesota…Deflected a pass intended for Nelson Rosario and finished with four solo tackles vs. UCLA…Tackled Jared Karstetter short of a conversion on a third-down reception, leading to a turnover on downs, and finished with five tackles (four solos) vs. Washington State…Posted three tackles (one solo) vs. Arizona State…Notched two solo stops in kickoff coverage duty vs. Arizona…Also had two tackles (one solo) on the kickoff coverage unit vs. Stanford…Delivered one solo tackles vs. Washington…Stopped Jereme Brooks short of a conversion on a third-down reception, leading to a turnover on downs, and finished with three solo tackles vs. Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl, as he added 14 yards on a kickoff return.

2008 SEASON
Played in 12 games, missing one contest due to injury…Started one contest when California opened in its nickel package…Registered 28 tackles (15 solos), including a five-yard stop for loss…Recorded one interception and deflected seven other pass attempts.

2008 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Posted two solo tackles in the season-opener vs. Michigan State…Deflected two pass attempts, including one on fourth-down, and added with eight tackles (four solos) vs. Colorado State…Intercepted a third-down pass by Rudy Carpenter, leading to a touch-down on the ensuing possession, and finished with two tackles (one solo) vs. Arizona State…Tackled Courtney Viney short of a conversion on a fourth-down fake punt and deflected a third-down pass by Kevin Craft vs. UCLA…Deflected a pass by Jeremiah Masoli and assisted on one tackle vs. Oregon…Deflected a pass by QB Mark Sanchez intended for Damian Williams and added one solo stop vs. Southern California…Notched three tackles (two solos) vs. Oregon State, including a five-yard stop for loss on Jacquizz Rodgers…Caused a turnover on downs by stopping Toby Gerhart at the line of scrimmage for no gain on fourth-&-1 and finished with five tackles (one solo) vs. Stanford…Deflected passes intended for Graig Cooper and Aldarius Johnson and finished with five tackles (three solos) vs. Miami (FL) in the Emerald Bowl.


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2007 SEASON
Freshman All-American by The Sporting News…Played in 12 games with exception to the season opener and started three contests at cornerback…Registered 31 tackles (19 solos), including a three-yard stop for loss…Also recovered one fumble…Recorded the most tackles by a true freshman at California since Donnie McCleskey in 2002 (45).

2007 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Made his collegiate debut vs. Colorado State and contributed three tackles (two solos)… Recovered a fumbled punt return by DeSean Jackson and added four tackles (one solo) vs. Louisiana Tech, including a one-yard stop for loss on Dennis Morris…Had two stops (one solo) vs. Arizona and Oregon…Delivered two solo tackles vs. Oregon State and UCLA…Notched a season-high nine tackles (five solos) vs. Washington State, including two third-down stops short of conversions…Recovered a fumble on the goal-line by Chauncey Washington and added five tackles (three solos) vs. Southern California…Had two solo tackles vs. Washington.

INJURY REPORT
2008 Season…Suffered a broken thumb vs. Stanford (11/22) and missed the regular season finale vs. Washington (12/06).

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.59 40-yard dash (electronic)…1.65 10-yard dash…2.71 20-yard dash…4.19 20-yard shuttle…7.01 three-cone drill…35 1/2-inch vertical jump…10'7" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times…30 1/2-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands…72 5/8-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA), playing football for head coach Jeff Kearin…All-Far West selection by SuperPrep…Registered 58 tackles with four interceptions as a senior while leading the Loyola Cubs to a 4-6 overall record…Also caught 43 passes for 614 yards (14.28 ypc) and five touchdowns on offense…Helped Loyola to a 10-4 overall record and the CIF Division I Championship title as a junior, as he posted 38 tackles with two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown…Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the 21st-best safety in the nation and the 35th recruit in the state of California…Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, who ranked him as the 65th safety recruit in the country…Chose to attend California over a scholarship offer from UCLA.

PERSONAL
American Studies major…Parents are Mark and Anne Conte…Played soccer for eleven years…Born 2/23/89…Resides in Los Angeles, California.


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