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Cameron Jordan
DL6-4283Team: New Orleans Saints                   Round: 1 (24)

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What he brings: Jordan has great measurables (6-4, 290) and has long arms and massive hands. He shows good strength at the point of attack to set the edge against the run, and can pressure the passer with active hands and a quick swim move. He needs to develop a wider array of pass-rush moves but he plays with great effort on every down.

How he fits: The Saints' No. 1 need on the defense is defensive end and Jordan should fill it well. He is a high-effort guy with great measurables and a strong football background. His dad, Steve, was an outstanding TE for the Minnesota Vikings. Veteran DEs Alex Brown and Will Smith are just not producing a lot of big plays and pressure, although the coaches are hoping Smith still has something left in the tank at RDE. With this 4-3 defense, they would like to blitz left and if Jordan can put pressure off the edge at LDE, it can take some pressure off the backend and he will likely replace Brown.
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He has surged up draft boards after emerging as a dominant force at the Senior Bowl. He was nearly impossible to contain in individual and team drills when working from the defensive tackle or end position, and his film from his final season at Cal reflects that same ability. He is a fluid athlete with good size, speed and quickness. He shows good first-step quickness and has the ability to play with power or finesse at the point. He cleverly works angles to his advantage and combines his agility with violent hands. He effectively uses an assortment of moves to quickly win battles at the line. Against the run, he can stack against single or double teams, and his ability to create penetration is impressive. Throw in a non-stop motor that results in numerous negative plays, and it's easy to envision Jordan becoming a difference maker as a pro."
- Gil Brandt,

"Love him. He's a five technique defensive end, and he had a great Senior Bowl."
- Mike Mayock,

NFL scouts have a relatively small pool of college 3-4 teams producing ready-made prospects from which to choose and frequently have to project players who haven't played in that scheme who might fit their needs. With Jordan, however, there is no projection. He's a four-year starter with the size, strength and consistency to start in the NFL immediately.

After signing as a top prep prospect out of Arizona, Jordan played in all 13 games as a freshman and registered 18 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble, which he returned for a touchdown. His first of three all-conference seasons came in 2008, when he had 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. A year later, playing opposite Jaguars 2010 first-round pick Tyson Alualu, Jordan had 48 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.

With Alualu moving on, opponents keyed on Jordan in 2010, but he continued to produce. His strength and ability to locate the ball made him one of the more feared defensive linemen in the Pac-10, despite the fact that as a defensive end in the 3-4 alignment, his primary job was to occupy blockers and free up linebackers, not make plays on his own.

Jordan posted career highs in 2010 in tackles (62) and tackles for loss (12.5) and finishing with 5.5 sacks, earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades.

Fans expect to see gaudy sack production from college defensive ends drafted in the first round. Sacks aren't the only way to judge the ability of defensive line prospects. Jordan has scheme versatility and the ability to plug holes in the running game, which should make him one of the first defensive ends selected in 2011. As was the case with Alualu, the 10th pick of the '10 draft, it might come earlier than many project.
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Shane Vereen
RB5-10204Team: New England Patriots               Round: 2 (56)

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What he brings: Vereen's best quality is his versatility. He can contribute as a runner and receiver and is instinctive and patient in the running game. He doesn't have blazing top-end speed but does a good job setting up blocks and fits well in New England's scheme.

How he fits: This looks like a little bit of a luxury pick because he doesn't fill a need as a workhorse back and while he has some similarities to aging Kevin Faulk, the Patriots are getting that production from Danny Woodhead. Vereen can catch the ball out of the backfield and be effective on screens and draws but he is not a 20-carry back between the tackles, which still appears to be somewhat of a need.
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Vereen emerged from Jahvid Best's shadow to have breakout season in 2010 and he could be an effective weapon on third down at the next level. Vereen lacks the size and speed to be an every down back, but he is terrific pass catcher out of the back field that will keep the chains moving. He has very good vision and could be very effective in a zone blocking scheme. He also has the hands and enough lateral agility to contribute as a returner. Vereen has a limited ceiling but he is a quality back that could sneak into the third round.
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Cal coach Jeff Tedford has long been lauded for his development of quarterbacks, but the Bears are also consistently churning out NFL-caliber running backs. Vereen is the latest in a string of Berkeley backs (Adimchinobe Echemandu, J.J. Arrington, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Jahvid Best) to make the jump to the NFL.

Vereen, who combines shiftiness, pure speed and surprising power, isn't quite as big as scouts might prefer, but has never missed a game due to injury. In fact, he played in all 38 games at Cal, starting 19 times.

A standout runner, receiver and returner for the Golden Bears, Vereen leaves after his junior season already fifth in school history with 4,069 all-purpose yards. His ability to fill multiple roles could see him drafted as high as the second round. Anything later than the mid-third and Vereen could wind up as one of the true steals of the 2011 draft.
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Chris Conte
S6-3212Team: Chicago Bears                            Round: 3 (93)

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What he brings: Conte is an overachiever who had his best year as a senior and has the range and instincts to cover the deep half. He is also an excellent tackler who can help in run support and on special teams.

How he fits: Starting safety Danieal Manning could likely be gone in free agency and there is not much depth in this unit. Conte was probably a reach because of his production and in the Cover 2 he may get by with his lack and athletic ability and range because of his instincts. But he doesn't look like a special guy this early.
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Conte has enough size and speed coupled with the mentality you like to see. Probably never becomes a starter, but could be an effective reserve safety and special teams cover guy. Only started for one season in college so potentially has more development left in him than most other draft prospects. Is currently a liability in coverage. Doesn't have the experience or instincts in zone coverage to be counted on to erase a deep half or the lateral quickness and acceleration to hold up in man coverage. Shows the ability to develop into a productive run supporter. Conte could be a seventh-rounder or priority free agent.
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Having spent the first three seasons of his career at California as a reserve cornerback, Conte's emergence as a first-team All-Pac-10 free safety surprised many scouts. So too, did his physical and reliable play, despite relative inexperience.

Conte has prototypical size and good athleticism overall for the position and proved to be a very reliable open-field tackler. Pessimists will argue that he's only been successful one season. Optimists will point out that it was his first season as a safety and that his blend of size and athleticism should translate into a more productive NFL career than the one he had in college. In a weak year for safeties, Conte's upside could ultimately earn him a top-100 grade.
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Mike Mohamed
LB6-3245Team: Denver Broncos                         Round: 6 (189)

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Mohamed is a hard-worker who will maximize his natural tools on the field. Will come into your franchise, understand your defensive system, provide some instant linebacker depth, and contribute on special teams. However, he lacks the power to be a true force in the box against the run and the speed and range to make plays on the outside or mirror explosive space players in man coverage. Probably just not enough physical tools to work with to become an NFL starter, but still a late-round prospect who will bring some impressive instincts and great character to a locker room.
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Mohamed played his best football in Cal's biggest game of the year against Oregon with 16 tackles and a sack. He finished 2010 with 95 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

Scheme and position fit will be important for his NFL prospects. Mohamed projects well in a scheme that requires him to run a lot, rather than engaging offensive linemen. While it's conceivable Mohamed could fit anywhere from inside/middle linebacker to strong safety in the NFL, he projects best as a one-gap type in a 4-3 that expects the outside linebackers to run and cover.
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April 29 - Vereen and Conte Taken on Second Day of NFL Draft
April 27 - 2011 Cal NFL Draft Central
April 21 - Vereen Impresses Harbaugh at 49ers Local Pro Day
April 19 - Ten Former Bears at 49ers Pro Day Wednesday
March 9 - Cal Holds Annual Pro Day
March 1 - Conte Concludes Cal Players Participation at NFL Combine
February 28 - Mohamed and Jordan Take Their Turns at NFL Combine
February 28 - Vereen's Bench Press Highlights His Day at NFL Combine

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