April 28, 2012
NEW YORK CITY -Former Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones was selected Saturday by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 166th pick overall. Jones was the fourth Golden Bear taken following the Friday selections of second-round picks offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall), and the third-round pick punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall).
Jones is the first Cal wide receiver selected since DeSean Jackson was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (No. 49 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
"Marvin Jones is a quality receiver who is a very hard worker," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "He is a smart and physical player who has very good speed and great hands. He is not only effective in the pass game, but he's a guy who's also effective blocking in the run game."
Jones played in 43 games during his four seasons at Cal (2008-11), starting all 38 of the team's contests over his final three campaigns and earning honorable mention all-conference honors in each of his last two. He finished his career among Cal's all-time leaders in receiving yards (2,260, 6th), 100-yard receiving games (6, T6th), receptions (156, T7th) and receiving touchdowns (13, T8th). Jones also has a spot on Cal's all-time single-game receptions list with the 12 he recorded as a junior at Nevada. He made at least one reception in each of his last 38 career games and posted career averages of 14.6 yards per catch and 52.8 receiving yards per game, as well as a long reception of 62 against Colorado in his junior season.
In addition to his second consecutive honorable mention all-conference selection as a senior, Jones was also a member of the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's all-underrated team when he established career highs in both receptions (62) and receiving yards (846), while adding three touchdown catches to rank tied for second on the team behind Keenan Allen. He averaged 13.6 yards per catch to rank second among the team's regular receivers and had 866 all-purpose yards (22 rush, 758 receiving, 86 punt return) to rank third on the club. His final per-game averages registered ninth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (65.08, 73rd NCAA) and 13th in receptions (4.77, T80th NCAA). Jones registered a season-high eight catches for 88 yards in his final game with the Bears in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas. He had seven receptions for a season-high 123 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian, including a season-long catch of 51 yards. The first of his two 100-yard receiving games came in the season opener vs. Fresno State when he made five grabs for 118 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns.
As a junior, Jones led Cal for the second consecutive season in both receptions (50) and receiving yards (765), with both totals at the time the highest single-season numbers by a Cal player since Lavelle Hawkins recorded 72 catches and 872 receiving yards in 2007. He also paced the club with a career-high 15.3 yards per catch average and ranked second to Allen with four touchdown catches. Jones was among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders with per-game averages of 63.75 receiving yards (6th Pac-10, 67th NCAA) and 4.17 receptions (11th Pac-10, T92nd NCAA). He had the biggest statistical game of his career at Nevada when he recorded career highs of 12 catches and 161 yards receiving to earn honorable mention Wide Receiver Performer of the Week recognition from the College Football Performance Awards. His 12 catches at Nevada tied for the seventh-highest total ever in a single game at Cal, were the most by a Golden Bear player since Geoff MacArthur hauled in a school-record 16 passes at Stanford in 2003, and tied for the most by a Pac-10 player in 2010. The 161 receiving yards were the most by a Cal player since Hawkins had 192 vs. Oregon State in 2007 and the eighth-most by a Pac-10 player in a 2010 contest. He had a total of three 100-yard receiving games, also going over the mark vs. Arizona State when he had four catches for 110 yards and the longest touchdown catch of his career on the receiving end of a 52-yard Kevin Riley scoring strike, as well as at Washington State when his four-catch, 101-yard receiving day included a 50-yard reception from Brock Mansion. His 62-yard reception against Colorado was the longest of his career and he scored the lone rushing touchdown of his career on a career-long 48-yard run on a reverse against UCLA.
Jones became a starter as a sophomore, starting all 13 games and finishing with totals of 43 catches, 651 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions, all leading the team and ranking among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in both receiving yards per game (50.08, 12th) and receptions per game (3.31, T14th). Jones recorded the first two-touchdown reception game of his career at UCLA, including a 43-yarder that was his longest catch of the season, among his four receptions for 89 yards to help Cal pick up its first win in Los Angeles under head coach Jeff Tedford. He made his first collegiate TD catch in the season opener vs. Maryland and posted season highs of six receptions and 107 receiving yards at Washington to end the regular season. Jones appeared in five games off bench as a true freshman in 2008 and had one catch for eight yards in the third game of the season at Maryland. He suffered a knee injury in practice during Cal's first bye week between the third and fourth games of the year and did not play again until the regular-season finale vs. Washington. Following his collegiate career he had a strong 2012 NFL Combine, including 22 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press to rank tied for first among all receivers. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash that was 12th among receivers, while also ranking among the top receivers in the 3 cone drill (4th, 6.81), 20-yard shuttle (6th, 4.11) and 60-yard shuttle (T10th, 11.47). In the 2012 Senior Bowl, he caught an eight-yard touchdown pass to help the North to a 23-13 victory over the South after producing strong workouts in practices leading up to the game that identified him by many as one of the top receivers at the event.
Visit the 2012 Cal NFL Draft Central page for extensive coverage of the selection of former Bears selected in the three-day 2012 NFL Draft that continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN and NFL Network are televising the event live.
CAL FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT NOTES (THRU SELECTIONS OF SCHWARTZ, KENDRICKS, ANGER AND JONES)
Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 218 selections overall since the NFL Draft began in 1936.
Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections and eight first-round picks in the 11 drafts that have taken place since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived prior to the 2002 NFL Draft.
Cal had four first-round picks in three seasons from 2009-11 with at least one in all three, but did not have a first-round pick in 2012.
Cal has had two players selected in the first or second round of each of the last three drafts and at least one player selected in the second round or higher in each of the past six seasons.
Cal has had three players selected in the first three rounds of each of the last two drafts.
The most Cal players selected in a single draft were the 10 chosen in 1952, while the Golden Bears have had six players chosen twice (1997, 2008) and five on six occasions (1950, '83, '91, `94, '96, 2005).
Steve Bartkowski (1975) is the only Cal player to ever be selected with the first pick overall in the NFL Draft.
Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall, 2010) and Cameron Jordan (Saints, 24th overall, 2011) made Cal only the second team in the Pac-10 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other).
Cal became the first Pac-10/12 team in 40 years to have two first-round selections in the same year that no other Pac-10/12 team had a single first-round selection when Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall) and Jahvid Best (Lions, 30th overall) were both first-round selections in 2010. USC's Al Cowlings (Bills, 5th overall) and Sid Smith (Chiefs, 26th overall) were both picked in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, while no other Pac-10 team had a first-round selection.