INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Cal football players LB Khairi Fortt and DL Deandre Coleman started their measurable testing with the bench press Sunday at the 2014 NFL Combine Presented by Under Armour. Fortt registered 30 repetitions of 225 pounds to tie for the most by a linebacker, while Coleman totaled 24 reps.
The remainder of the duo’s measurable drills (40-yard dash, 20 and 60-yard shuttles, 3 cone drill, broad jump and vertical jump), as well their on-field position work is scheduled for Monday.
Fortt, Coleman and Richard Rodgers are the three former Cal players in this year’s combine.
Rodgers wrapped up his combine Saturday when he was the sixth-best performer among tight ends in the 3 cone drill (7.23), while he was tied for sixth in his position group in the broad jump (9’8”), ninth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.47) and 12th in the 40-yard dash (4.87). Rodgers also registered 16 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press Friday to rank 13th among tight ends. He did not run the 60-yard shuttle or participate in the vertical jump.
Players attending the combine are put through four-day schedules that includes registration, orientation, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, measurements, medical examinations, media interviews, team interviews, an NFL Players Association meeting and psychological testing, in addition to measurable skills testing and on-field position work.
Personnel from all 32 NFL teams, including head coaches, general managers and scouts, are in attendance at the event and use the combine as a key tool in preparation for the 2014 NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
NFL Network and NFL.com are providing exclusive coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine that runs through next Tuesday with more than 60 hours of programming over the final four days beginning each day at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT. NFL Total Access will wrap up each day’s action at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Visit CalBears.com and @CalFootball on Twitter for coverage of former Cal players at the combine.
Cal’s 2014 NFL Combine Invitee Quick Bios
Deandre Coleman, DL, 6-5, 315, Seattle, WA (Garfield HS)
Coleman played in all 49 games with 25 starts during his collegiate career at Cal over the past four seasons (2010-13) after redshirting as a true freshman in 2009. He finished his career with 125 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 7.5 sacks (-39 yards), three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and four quarterback hurries. Coleman was a third-team All-Pac-12 selection of Phil Steele and an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice by the league’s coaches as one of three Cal players to start all 12 games in 2013. He led the Golden Bears in tackles for loss (career-high 9.0) and tackle for loss yardage (-27 yards), while ranking third in sacks (2.5, -4 yards) and first among defensive linemen in tackles (40). Coleman played in the 2014 Senior Bowl following his senior collegiate season and contributed two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss for the winning South.
Khairi Fortt, LB, 6-2, 240 (Stamford, CT/Penn State/Stamford HS)
Fortt was one of 12 national semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award® at the collegiate level for the award given annually to the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fortt played in and started the first nine games of the 2013 season at Cal in his first and only year of action for the Golden Bears after redshirting in 2012 following his transfer from Penn State. Fortt, who missed the final three games of the 2013 campaign due to injury, recorded 64 tackles to rank third on the team after leading the squad for most of the season. He was 18th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 stops per game. Fortt added 3.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-1 yard). In two seasons at Penn State from 2010-11, Fortt played in 22 contests and compiled totals of 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards). Fortt was an early entry for the 2014 NFL Draft who is foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility.
Richard Rodgers, TE, 6-4, 245 (Worcester, MA/St. John’s HS)
Rodgers played in 35 of 37 possible games while starting 11 contests during three seasons at Cal from 2011-13. He finished his career with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches. Rodgers had his best campaign as a junior in 2013 in his first and only campaign as a wide receiver when he totaled career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown reception from the previous season. He had 20 catches for 288 yards as a 2012 sophomore. Rodgers was an early entry for the 2014 NFL Draft who is foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility.