Cleveland Browns Take Alex Mack In First Round Of NFL Draft
April 25, 2009
NEW YORK, NY - Former Cal football player Alex Mack was selected Saturday by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft with the 21st overall pick. The first center taken in this year's draft is the 23rd player in Cal history to be selected in the first round and only the fourth offensive lineman. His selection at No. 21 overall is the highest a Cal offensive lineman has been drafted since Tarik Glenn was taken at No. 16 overall by Indianapolis in 1997.
Mack's long list of accomplishments is highlighted by first-team All-American selections in each of his final two collegiate seasons in 2007 and 2008. He was also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation's top center both years. Mack wrapped up his collegiate career last season by winning the Morris Trophy given to the Pac-10's top offensive lineman for the second straight year. In addition, he earned a first-team spot on the All-Pac-10 team for the third consecutive season, was named to ESPN's All-Bowl squad for the second time in his career, and added team Co-Offensive MVP honors after being named the squad's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as a junior and Most Improved Offensive Lineman in his sophomore campaign.
Over the last three seasons, Mack started all 39 of Cal's games and anchored an offensive line that opened holes for three of the top five individual single-season rushers in school history. Jahvid Best ran for Cal's second-highest rushing total last season when he gained 1580 yards on the ground, following Justin Forsett's 1546-yard campaign in 2007 and Marshawn Lynch's 1356-yard season in 2006 (No. 5).
Mack has excelled in the classroom as well, earning the prestigious Draddy Trophy awarded to college football's top scholar-athlete in 2008. He was also selected the 2008-09 Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while adding his second consecutive first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honor. In addition, he was a 2008 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for the first time and repeated for a second consecutive year as a Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist.
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