Lyman, Giordano, Riddle Selected in NFL Draft
April 24, 2005
BERKELEY - Three Golden Bears were selected on the second day of the NFL Draft Sunday - wide receiver Chase Lyman, safety Matt Giordano and defensive end Ryan Riddle - to bring the total number of Cal players selected to five.
On the first day of the draft Saturday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers went to Green Bay with the 24th pick of the first round, while tailback J.J. Arrington was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (44th overall).
On Sunday, the 6-3 Lyman was the first Bear to have his name called, as he went in the fourth round (118th overall pick) to the New Orleans Saints. Later in the fourth round, Giordano was chosen by Indianapolis (135th overall). Finally, Riddle will remain in the Bay Area, as Oakland selected him in the sixth round (212th overall).
Lyman, who sufficiently recovered from midseason knee surgery to participate in pre-draft workouts with several teams, had 14 catches for 414 yards (29.5 yards per catch) and five touchdowns in 2004 before injuring his knee in the year's fourth game at USC.
Giordano earned first team All-Pac-10 honors after registering 61 tackles during his senior campaign, while Riddle was chosen a second team Associated Press All-American after setting a Cal record with 14.5 sacks last fall.
Of the five Cal players drafted, four - Rodgers, Arrington, Giordano and Riddle - were junior college recruits brought in by head coach Jeff Tedford prior to the 2003 season.