April 28, 2012
NEW YORK CITY - Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round on Friday, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round.
Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was Cal's first player selected Saturday when he was taken in the fifth round. D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in Saturday's seventh round.
No Cal players were taken in the first round Thursday on the draft's opening day.
"It's really nice to see the dreams of our players recognized," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "It's a great opportunity for them after all their hard work to have the opportunity to play at the next level. It's always a dream of many people to realize that. Now, a new journey begins for them as they look to establish themselves in the NFL."
Schwartz started all 51 games possible during his Cal career from 2008-11 to fall one start short of Syd'Quan Thompson's school record of 52, making all of his starts at either left tackle (35) or right tackle (16). He earned first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic in his senior season, and was also named second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior after an honorable mention selection in his sophomore campaign. In addition, he was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic (2008-10) and earned the Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (2009-11) for three seasons each.
Schwartz started all 13 games at left tackle as a senior and anchored an offensive line that blocked for first-year starting tailback Isi Sofele, who posted the sixth-highest rushing total in school history with 1,322 yards on the ground. He added first-team All-Pac-12 selections from the ESPN Pac-12 Blog and Phil Steele, and was a second-team all-conference pick of College Sports Madness and Yahoo! Sports.
Schwartz was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice as a junior, starting all 12 games at left tackle to anchor an offensive line that blocked for 1,167-yard rusher Shane Vereen. He earned a second-team spot on Phil Steele's postseason All-Pac-10 team as well after a first-team position on his midseason All-Pac-10 squad. In addition, he was a member of the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 College Football All-America Team.
He started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selections.
In his freshman season, he began the year as the starter at right tackle for three contests before making a switch to the left side in game four vs. Colorado State and starting the remaining 10 games at that position. He was named a second-team Freshman All-American by College Football News and honored with the Bob Tessier Award as Cal's Most Improved Offensive Lineman. He also picked up honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
Following his collegiate career, Schwartz started at tackle in the 2012 Senior Bowl. He also participated at the 2012 NFL Combine, posting a personal best with 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.
Schwartz was the first Cal offensive lineman selected since Alex Mack was also taken by Cleveland in the first round (No. 21 overall) of the 2009 draft.
"I was watching ESPN and at the bottom, it said their pick was in and then I got the call," Schwartz said. "I had a hopeful feeling when I picked up the call and it came into fruition. I'm just excited about it."
"Cleveland is getting a quality pick with Mitchell Schwartz," Tedford said. "He's a very smart and reliable player that can play guard or tackle. They were very impressed with him when they came here to work him out. They're getting a guy who is very passionate about the game and will be a very solid player for them."
Kendricks played in all 51 games possible and started 29 contests during his four campaigns at Cal from 2008-11, with all of the starts coming in his final three seasons (2009-11). He earned several All-American honors as a senior, including second-team selections by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness, and was a third-team choice of Yahoo! Sports and an honorable mention pick of SI.com. In addition, Kendricks was named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in his final season at Cal and a first-team all-conference selection after earning second-team all-league honors during his junior campaign. He finished his career with 259 tackles to rank ninth on Cal's all-time list, while adding 36.5 tackles for loss (-144 yards) to miss finishing among the school's all-time leaders by one-half of a tackle for loss. Kendricks also posted 13.5 sacks (-98 yards), seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions that he returned for 130 yards and a touchdown, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was credited with a punt return and 26 punt returns yards after he blocked a punt before teammate Bryant Nnabuife picked the ball up and ran 30 yards for a score vs. Colorado State in 2008.
Kendricks, who played outside linebacker for most of his career before moving inside as a senior, joined six previous Cal players to earn Pac-10/12 Player of the Year honors in 2011 and was the first since 2006 when Daymeion Hughes (Defensive) and Marshawn Lynch (Offensive) both earned the honor. He also picked up a pair of team honors, winning the Bear Backers Co-MVP Award on the defensive side of the ball along with fellow linebacker D.J. Holt and the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award as the Outstanding Player in the Big Game on the defensive side of the ball. Kendricks played in all 13 games with 11 starts, leading the team in tackles with a career-high 107, while ranking fifth in the Pac-12 and tied for 70th nationally with his average of 8.15 stops per game. He also led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss (-59 yards) for an average of 1.12 per game that was third in the Pac-12 and tied for 55th in the nation, while co-leading the squad with a pair of interceptions (0.15 per game, No. 24 Pac-12) that he returned for a team-high 62 yards and a pair of fumbles that he returned for a team-high 33 yards. In addition, he posted 3.0 sacks (-30 yards) and two pass breakups. Kendricks had double-digit tackles five times, including a career-high-tying and team season-high 15 stops at Washington. He had 13 tackles at Stanford, including a 14-yard sack of 2012 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick and Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck.
During his second-team All-Pac-10 junior season he earned a reputation as one of the league's top big-play players with career highs of 8.5 sacks (-57 yards) and 15.0 tackles for loss (-69 yards), ranking among the conference and national leaders with per-game averages of 0.71 sacks (No. 2 Pac-10, No. 26-T NCAA) and 15.0 tackles for loss (1.25 per game, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 28-T NCAA). He also had three fumble recoveries and tied for first in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.25 per game, while his 66 tackles was fourth on the team and his average of 5.5 stops per game ranked No. 31 in the Pac-10. He posted a season-high 12 tackles, along with 2.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.5 sacks (-10 yards) and a fumble recovery vs. Colorado. He also had a huge game in the season finale vs. Washington, recording eight tackles, a career-high-tying and season-high 3.0 tackles for loss for a season-high-tying -16 yards, and a season-high and career-high-tying 2.0 sacks for a career-high-tying 14 yards. He came up with his lone interception of the season vs. Arizona State.
Kendricks first moved into Cal's starting lineup as a sophomore when he started six of the 13 games he played in and finished the season second on the team in tackles with 71 stops to rank tied for 33rd in the Pac-10 with an average of 5.5 per game, while sharing the club lead in fumble recoveries with two. He added 6.0 tackles for loss (-6 yards), 1.0 sack (-1 yard), one interception that he returned a career-long 68 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal a victory at UCLA, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including one that he returned 45 yards vs. Eastern Washington before he was tackled five yards shy of pay dirt. His biggest game came against Eastern Washington when he recorded a career-high-tying and Pac-10 season-high-tying 15 tackles. He combined for 27 tackles in his first two games, picking up a game-high 12 and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) in the season opener against Maryland. In the Poinsettia Bowl against Utah, he had a career-high-tying and season-high 3.0 tackles for loss (-3 yards).
He began his collegiate career with a promising true freshman campaign, playing in all 13 games off the bench on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. He recorded 15 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-10 yards), 1.0 sack (-10 yards) and a blocked kick backing up a talented group of linebackers that included three seniors.
Kendricks' selection marked the fourth-highest a Golden Bear linebacker has ever been chosen following the first round picks of Les Richter (1952 - No. 2 overall, New York Yanks) and Ken Harvey (1988 - No. 12 overall, Phoenix Cardinals), and the second-round choice of Ron Rivera (1984 - No. 44 overall, Chicago Bears).
"Mychal Kendricks brings a great deal of passion to the game," T Tedford said. "Not only is he gifted physically, but he has had tremendous production being the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. The passion and the energy that he plays with, along with his versatile skills being able to play inside or outside, will give him a lot of flexibility with the Eagles."
"I can play anywhere I need to play," Kendricks said. "I feel like I'm versatile and I'm going to do what I need to do. It doesn't matter where I play, I'm up for the job."
Anger is only the second player in Cal history to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive seasons (2009-11), joining Alex Mack (2006-08) as the only other Cal player with the same distinction. He also won the J. Scott Duncan Award as Cal's Most Valuable Special Teams Player for each of the same three seasons and was awarded with the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 campaigns.
Anger played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter from 2008-11 to equal the most by any active Golden Bear player during the period, posting an average of 43.5 yards per punt that ranks second all-time at the school behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). He holds Cal's single-season record for punt average with the 45.6 yards per punt he posted as a junior in 2010 and boasts three of the top six seasons ever by a punter at Cal, adding a 44.2 average in 2011 that is fifth and a 43.1 average in 2008 that is sixth. Anger totaled 11,094 yards on 255 punts, including 72 boots of 50 or more yards. He pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 90 occasions and forced opponents to make fair catches 75 times. Anger has four of the 12 longest punts in school history, including a career-long punt of 76 yards at Stanford in 2008 that ranks fourth all-time and a 75-yarder in the same contest that is tied for fifth. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter twice in 2008 and '10 as well as on the watch list in each of his four collegiate campaigns.
Anger ranked No. 13 nationally and third in the Pac-12 with a 44.25 yard per punt average as a senior after breaking a 23-year-old single-season Cal record during his junior season with the 45.6 yard punting average that ranked second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally. He was an honorable mention All-American choice according to College Football Insiders and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore after finishing the season with a 41.5 yards per punt average to rank fourth in the Pac-10. He established himself as one of the top punters in the country as a rookie when he was named a first-team Freshman All-American by College Football News, Rivals and Sporting News Today. He was also a second-team All-Pac-10 choice and the only freshman in the country, as well as the only Pac-10 player, to be named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He added the Bob Simmons Award given to Cal's Most Valuable Freshman. Anger ranked third in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally with a 43.1 yards per punt average in his rookie season. He set a school single-game record when he averaged a Pac-10 season-high 60.2 yards per punt on four tries vs. Stanford, including two of the longest punts in school history - a 76-yarder on his first boot (No. 4) that was a new Big Game record and a 75-yarder on his second (No. T5) that along with the 72-yarder vs. Arizona State were the three longest in the Pac-10 in 2008.
Following his collegiate career, he had a strong performance in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game by averaging 60.0 yards per punt on three attempts for a West team that won 24-17. He was not involved in measurable drills at the 2012 NFL Combine but did attend and take part in a punting session. He was also present at Cal's 2012 Pro Day but did not participate.
Anger's selection is the highest for a punter since Todd Sauerbrun of West Virginia was drafted in the second round (56th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 1995. He is only the second Cal punter to ever be drafted following the fourth-round selection (No. 120 overall) of Nick Harris by the Denver Broncos in 2001.
"I've just briefly spoken with the coaches," Anger said. "I think in any situation I'll have to compete. I'm working out hard now and looking forward to going in and taking over the spot."
"Bryan Anger will be a weapon for the Jacksonville Jaguars," Tedford said. "He's a guy that can change the game with field position. He's athletic and has a big leg, but he also has touch to be able to place the football anywhere he wants to on the field. He should have a long career in the NFL."
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 list for all-time single-game receptions 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. 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. Jones 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 his lone rushing touchdown at Cal with 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 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.
"The Bengals are obviously a great team and a team on the rise with all the great guys they have - the young talent like Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and their coaching staff with Marvin Lewis. It is also a similar system to what I come from at Cal. They run a West Coast offense, they go deep a lot. It's just a great situation that I'm going into."
"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."
Campbell played in 46 games at Cal, including 38 of 39 during his last three seasons. He made 13 of his 14 career starts as a senior after spending most of his career primarily as a special teams player and reserve safety. Campbell finished his career with 110 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards), two interceptions that he returned 29 yards, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and 29 all-purpose yards.
In his lone season as a starter, Campbell earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior and ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles. He also added a team-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for 29 yards and two fumble recoveries, 2.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), five pass breakups and a forced fumble. All of his season totals as a senior were career highs, with the pair of fumble recoveries equaling his 2009 number. His 0.15 interceptions per game ranked tied for 24th in the Pac-12. Campbell posted a career-high 11 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-4 yards) and a fumble recovery at UCLA , while he had eight tackles in the final game of his career in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas. He had a memorable interception just before halftime at Oregon that he returned 29 yards.
Campbell played in all 12 games as a junior, including his first career start at Washington State, and posted 21 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-17 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards) and two pass breakups.
He played in 12 of the team's 13 games all as a reserve as a sophomore, recording 14 tackles and recovering two fumbles to rank tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.17 fumbles recovered per game.
Campbell's first action came as a redshirt freshman when he played in 11 games off the bench and recorded four tackles.
Campbell was not invited to the 2012 NFL Combine but did post a solid all-around performance at Cal's 2012 Pro Day. Campbell had 22 bench press reps of 225 pounds that would have tied for first among safeties at the combine, ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and had 38-inch vertical leap that would have checked in second at his position, and a 10' 7" broad jump that would have tied for second.
Campbell is the second Cal safety to be drafted in as many years following the third-round pick of Chris Conte (Chicago Bears - No. 93 overall) in the 2011 draft. Campbell is the first Cal player to ever be drafted by Carolina. Former Cal player Ron Rivera will be in his second season as the Panthers' head coach in 2012.
"I'm honored to be picked by the Panthers," Campbell said. "They're a fairly young franchise, but they're up-and-coming and on the rise. They've had success in the past going to the Super Bowl, and they have plenty of good players on their team. I'm just really excited about getting a chance to go and play there."
"It's great to see D.J. get drafted due to his growth and development over the years," Tedford said. "It's really nice to see how his hard work paid off. He really grew into his own this last season, and it's nice to see that his work has been recognized with an opportunity to play at the next level."
Guyton played in 42 games and made 17 starts at Cal from 2008-11, starting all 13 games as a senior after finishing his junior campaign with four consecutive starts. He recorded career totals of 92 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss (-104 yards), 11.0 sacks (-75 yards), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one he returned 19 yards for a touchdown in the 2011 season opener vs. Fresno State.
He was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection and the only Cal player to garner three team awards as a senior, earning the Joe Roth Award given to the player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship, in addition to the Brick Muller Award as the top lineman on defense, and a Cort Majors Captains Award on the defensive side of the ball. He led the team with 5.5 sacks (-32 yards) and ranked second with 12.0 tackles for loss (-49 yards), while also among the Pac-12's per-game leaders in tackles for loss (0.96, 6th) and sacks (0.42, 10th). He was also tied for 94th nationally in tackles for loss. In addition, Guyton co-led the team with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while adding 46 tackles that were the most among Cal's defensive linemen and sixth on the team overall. He recorded a career-high eight tackles and added a fumble recovery against USC.
Guyton played in 11 games and made the first four starts of his career in each of his last four contests as a junior, making his collegiate starting debut at nose guard in a game at Washington State, and then starting at defensive end in three consecutive home games vs. Oregon, Stanford and Washington that concluded the season. He was the recipient of the team's Bob Tessier Award as the Most Improved Defensive Lineman, finishing with 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 4.5 sacks (-35 yards) and a team co-leading two quarterback hurries. Guyton ranked third on the club in both tackles for loss and sacks behind Mychal Kendricks and Cameron Jordan, as well as second behind Jordan for tackles by a defensive lineman. His 0.41 sacks per game ranked 14th in the Pac-10, while his 0.77 tackles for loss were tied for 19th. He had his biggest statistical game of the season in his first collegiate start to lead Cal to a 20-13 win at Washington State, recording a season-high seven tackles, as well as career bests of 3.0 tackles for loss (-20 yards) and 2.0 sacks (-19 yards) to earn honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for its Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors.
Guyton played in 11 games all off the bench as a sophomore primarily as a backup defensive lineman, delivering 13 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), 1.0 sack (-8 yards) and one fumble recovery.
As a true freshman, he played in the final seven games and contributed three tackles. Following his collegiate career, Guyton participated at the 2012 NFL Combine and recorded a 5.07 40-yard dash, a 31.0" vertical jump, an 8' 9" broad jump, a time of 7.45 in the 3 cone drill and a mark of 4.53 in the 20-yard shuttle.
Guyton is the third Cal defensive lineman to be selected in the last three drafts following the first-round picks in 2010 and `11 of Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 10 overall) and Jordan (New Orleans Saints - No. 24 overall).
"It's a dream come true," Guyton said. "I've spoken with the Vikings a lot and they run a 3-4 defense, so it's a place that I can go, be pretty comfortable in and learn from some great veterans like Jared Allen. I'm just so excited to have the opportunity to go out there and play football."
"Trevor Guyton is a player that has a great deal of energy and passion for the game, and is really excited for his opportunity at the next level," Tedford said. "He plays with a motor and is also a very good technician. He uses his hands well and plays with good pad level."
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 concludes with rounds four through seven 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 2012 NFL DRAFT SELECTIONS)
Cal's six players selected in the 2012 draft equaled the second-most in school history (also 1977 and 2008). The most Cal players selected in a single draft were the 10 chosen in 1952.
Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 220 selections overall since the NFL Draft began in 1936.
Cal has had 42 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.
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.