Golden Bears Look for Unprecedented Numbers in NFL Draft
April 21, 2008
BERKELEY - Cal's All-Time NFL Draft Selections
California football fans could have more reason than ever to follow the NFL Draft this weekend. It is expected that as many as seven former Golden Bear standouts could be selected in the two-day event which begins at noon (Pacific) on Saturday, April 26th on ESPN. Additional coverage throughout the weekend will be available on the NFL Network.
Various mock drafts have listed safety Thomas DeCoud, running back Justin Forsett, offensive lineman Mike Gibson, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, wide receiver Robert Jordan and tight end Craig Stevens as potential draftees. Since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994, Cal has had a high of five players selected three times (1994, 1996 and 2005).
In 1952's 30-round draft, the Golden Bears had nine selections, while in 1977's draft (12 rounds), six Cal players were tabbed by NFL teams. Cal also had five players picked in 1950 and 1983.
Overall, Cal has had 22 first-round picks, 14 second-round selections and 11 third-rounders. Under head coach Jeff Tedford, who took over the reins of the program in 2002, there have been 20 Golden Bears picked in the NFL Draft, including first-rounders Marshawn Lynch (2007, Buffalo, No. 12), Aaron Rodgers (2005, Green Bay, No. 24), Kyle Boller (2003, Baltimore, No. 19) and Nnamdi Asomugha (2003, Oakland, No. 31).
The highest overall pick for Cal was quarterback Steve Bartkowski, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons and went on to earn NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Linebacker Les Richter was selected No. 2 overall by the New York Yanks in 1952.
Overall, Cal has had one wide receiver tabbed in the opening round of the draft - consensus All-American Sean Dawkins in 1993 (Indianapolis, No. 16). The highest selection for a Cal tight end was future NFL Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez, a 1997 first-round pick (Kansas City, No. 13). Current Cincinnati Bengals' standout Deltha O'Neal was drafted No. 15 overall by Denver in 2000, the highest-drafted defensive back out of Cal. At offensive line, Ted Albrecht was taken No. 15 overall by Chicago in 1977, the highest Cal selection at that position. The highest-drafted running back for Cal was Chuck Muncie, who went No. 3 overall to New Orleans in 1976.
Season tickets for the 2008 Cal Football schedule are currently available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. The Bears open the 2008 season on Aug. 30, hosting Michigan State. Other games on the Cal home slate include the 111th edition of the Big Game vs. Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and Colorado State.