Multiple Bears Shine On A Sunny Pro Day
BERKELEY – Both the sun and Cal's NFL prospects were shining at the annual Cal Football Pro Day on Wednesday at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Outside linebacker Cameron Goode's star arguably shone the brightest at the team's first Pro Day without rain since 2016 when Jared Goff showed his skills before ultimately becoming the No. 1 selection of the Los Angeles Rams in that year's NFL Draft. Goode's biggest highlight arguably was when he reached 39 inches on his vertical jump that would have been the seventh-best mark by a linebacker at the 2022 NFL Combine.
"I'll say that 39 inch vert kind of shocked some people," Goode answered with a smile when asked about the best part of his performance during his post-event interview session.
The jump certainly got the attention the personnel of the nearly all 32 NFL teams in attention and the remainder of the weight room where it occurred but it wasn't Goode's only strong mark. He also ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, checked in at 6.91 in the 3-cone drill that would have tied for the best mark by a linebacker at the combine, added a 4.29 20-yard shuttle that would have been fourth and a 10' 5" broad jump. He also put up 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
But Goode's strong showing wasn't the only one by the 13 former Golden Bears at the event.
Other highlights included a 33-inch vertical jump from defensive lineman Luc Bequette that would have been tied for first at the combine among defensive tackles and tied for 15th among defensive ends, a 35 ½ inch vertical by Jake Tonges that would have been tied for second among tight ends, and 32 inch vertical and 9' 4" broad jumps by Chase Garbers that would have been sixth and tied for sixth among quarterbacks. Bequette also put up 25 bench press that would have been second among defensive tackles and tied for second among defense ends, while Lone Toailoa posted 22 that would have placed him third among defensive tackles and sixth among defensive ends. Tonges also had impressive marks of 4.76 in the 40-yard dash that would have ranked tied for seventh and 17 bench press reps that would have been tied for eighth. Wide receiver Kekoa Crawford ran a 4.49 40-yard dash that was the day's best while also posting 12 bench press reps that would have been third among receivers at the combine.
Outside linebacker Marqez Bimage, wide receiver Trevon Clark, outside linebacker Kuony Deng, offensive lineman Valentino Daltoso, running back Marcel Dancy and defensive back Josh Drayden also participated in the event. Safety Elijah Hicks, who was injured during a practice for the East West Shrine Game, did not participate in any of the event's testing but was in attendance and went through measurements while also assisting with the operations of the event, meeting with NFL teams and conducting media interviews following the event when he stated that he expects to be cleared to return to training within the next couple of weeks.
After the completion of the measurable testing the NFL scouts took the players through on-field position work including a 61-throw session by Garbers that wrapped up the day's activities.
The 2022 NFL Draft is slated to be held April 28-30 in Las Vegas.