2011 NFL Draft: Stanford Holds NFL Pro Day

Over the next three months leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we'll provide updates on all Bay Area college football players as they run through the poking and prodding process that is NFL Draft season. For more on the individual schools, check out California Golden Blogs and Rule of Tree.

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2011 NFL Draft: Owen Marecic Highlights Stanford NFL Pro Day, Andrew Luck In Attendance

The Stanford Cardinal hosted their annual NFL Pro Day, which featured the likes of Owen Marecic and Richard Sherman putting on a display for NFL scouts from across the country. As would be expected, the 49ers had a large contingent of folks on hand. Santa Clara is just down the road from Palo Alto and given the lockout the coaches have a little bit of non-practice time to spend scouting future players. According to Matt Barrows, DC Vic Fangio, OC Greg Roman, OL Coach Tim Drevno, and RB coach Tom Rathman were all in attendance today.

The players performing for Stanford today included Marecic, Sherman, Ryan Whalen and Thomas Keiser among others. Defensive tackle Sione Fua only did the broad jump and vertical jump. According to Barrows Fua has a private workout with the Jets coming up. Marecic did some drills with Tom Rathman and spoke with the 49ers running backs coach for a half hour. There have been some questions raised about his desire to play football long term or follow a similar path of Robert Smith who left the NFL early to pursue further education. That will be important for NFL teams to figure out between now and the NFL Draft.

On a separate note, Barrows indicated that Andrew Luck was in attendance for the Pro Day. He did not take part, but rather was there to support his fellow Cardinal. He indicated no reluctance about his decision to return for one more year. The upside for SB Nation Bay Area is a full year of Andrew Luck-mania down on The Farm. As a likely Heisman favorite in 2011, the spotlight will be squarely on Luck.


2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cameron Jordan To The Houston Texans With The 11th Pick?

California Golden Bears football star Cameron Jordan will be hearing his name circulated a lot for the next month--unlike the stalwarts of Nick Fairley, Da'Quan Bowers and Marcell Dareus, Jordan's position is fluid, and there are plenty of places he could end up come draft day.

One such place that could be an ideal fit for Jordan is revamping to a style that would suit him quite well. Brian Galliford, SB Nation's NFL editor, has more on where Jordan could end up in his latest mock draft.

11. Houston Texans: Cameron Jordan, DE, California. Over and over, you'll see mock drafters slot the best available front seven defender to Houston as Wade Phillips moves them to the 3-4. Here, that's Jordan, whose quickness and pass rushing ability should help him in Phillips' one-gap scheme.

CBS Sports writers Rob Rang and Chad Reuter echo that projection.

The Houston Texans are transitioning to a 3-4 defense, and Wade Phillips generally loves to have athletic rushers to get at the quarterback. Jordan definitely fits the bill, and his familiarity with the 3-4 from his last three years at Cal could be more than enough preparation. The one-gap scheme should also favor Jordan, as he spent most of last year attacking one gap under Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's system rather than two-gap and occupying blockers. This could be a very favorable spot for Jordan and his impact could be immediate.


2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cameron Jordan Fits With Patriots, Chargers

In most drafts, California Golden Bears defensive end Cameron Jordan would be a lock to go high because of his versatility to play multiple schemes and multiple positions on the defensive line. Unfortunately, this draft is stacked with quality defensive linemen. Da'Quan Bowers of the Clemson Tigers, Robert Quinn of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Marcell Dareus of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Nick Fairley of the Auburn Tigers all are blue-chip defensive lineman prospects who all have the potential to be franchise changers for whichever team selects them.

However, while this might not be the ideal draft for Jordan to get the best pick and the best contract, it might be a good thing for him long-term because he'll end up on a better team. While Jordan is a spectacular athlete, he's not a game-changer unless he's on a defense full of players that complement his talents. Currently, two teams seem to fit the bill in the mid-first round range that might have their eyes on the jovial Jordan.

New England Patriots, 17th or 28th pick. The Patriots inability to generate pass rush doomed an outstanding 14-2 campaign in the playoffs, as Mark Sanchez made enough good throws for the Jets to pull off the upset in Foxboro. Jordan could give the Pats some much needed edge rush capability, plus his familiarity with the 3-4 scheme (this ESPN article has it wrong, Jordan played primarily as a 3-4/3-3-5 defensive end at Cal) will allow him to fit right into the system.

San Diego Chargers, 18th pick. The Chargers are looking to draft a defensive end or outside linebacker, considering they have similar issues as the Patriots (lack of pass rush, familiarity with the 3-4), plus the Chargers could experiment with Jordan splitting time at both the outside linebacker and the defensive end slots.

I'm sure many more teams will pop up as a potential suitor as the time begins closing toward the NFL Draft.


2011 NFL Combine: Shane Vereen Runs 4.5 40 Yard Dash, Benches 225 Pounds 31 Times

Shane Vereen is coming into the NFL Draft under-the-radar with a lot to prove. Having lived in the shadow of the more spectacular Jahvid Best, Vereen hasn't got many chances to showcase his talent to the world. In Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, he's wanted to prove that he can be a reliable, durable every-down back he believes he is instead of the secondary option in a two-back system that many pundits and experts believes he is.

And he seemed to have himself a solid weekend performance.

40 yard dash: 4.5 seconds (8th place among Combine running backs)
Bench press: 225 pounds, 31 reps (2nd place, trailing only Connecticut fullback Anthony Sherman)
Three cone drill: 6.95 seconds (11th place)
60 yard shuttle: 11.58 seconds (9th place)

Nothing extraordinary (like Best's 4.35 speed last season), but there's a lot to like from a running back who can show strength and ability in all facets of the game. There's no doubt Vereen should have elevated himself in the eyes of scouts as someone who can be a grinder in the trenches.


2011 NFL Combine: Cameron Jordan Showcases Measurements, Personality, Vocabulary

Ultimately, of all the Bay Area college talents involved in the process, no name has been bandied about more than Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan. Thanks to his physical talent, his versatility to fit in multiple schemes and positions along a defensive front, and his run-stopping powers and pass rush ability have made him a popular target for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, perhaps as high as the top ten.

Here were his measurements at the NFL Combine:

  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 287 lbs.
  • Arm Length: 35 in.
  • Hand Size: 11 1/8 in.

Pretty impressive. What stands out to you is the arm length and hand size, which are just big-time for football defensive linemen. The man is an athletic specimen, and Jordan should be able to find a good place to fit and contribute early on for an NFL team.

They often say that when you tell a girl she has a great personality, it's your way of insinuating she's ugly. That's far from the case with Jordan, who is just as engaging off the field as he is on it.

  • According to NESN, he said the New England Patriots (long looking for pass rush and might be interested in taking him) are a phenomenal team and considers them one of the "good teams in the NFL". A little bit of an understatement considering they're coming off of a 14-2 season, but Jordan has been known to be wry with his humor.
  • He said "plethora" twice during his conference. The man did go to Cal after all.
  • According to the above link from SI, he thought he would be a basketball player, but was too tall to be AI and too short to be KG. Football fit him perfectly.
  • He referenced Alualu of the Jaguars as his mentor at Cal, and he hopes to follow in his footsteps as a top ten pick.

There's no doubt he has the colorful personality to fit in with the general locker room soundbytes that permeate media waves throughout fall season in the NFL.


2011 NFL Combine: Stanford DT Sione Fua Speaks About His Size, Role In Vic Fangio Defense

Defensive linemen spoke with the media today and Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua was one such player. He weighed in today at 308 pounds, which teams consider a bit undersized for a 3-4 nose tackle. The nose tackle is meant to take up blockers and is often upwards of 320 or 330. Fua addressed concerns about his size in a couple of contexts:


Fua weighed in at 308 pounds and said he’s been told by many teams he’ll need to add more weight. Fua said his focus pre-draft is to show teams how athletic he is for his size. “I’m focused on looking fluid in the drills, like an athlete,” he said. “Really, a lot of my training was focusing on the agility tests.”

Matt Barrows

After weighing in at 307 pounds last month, Fua was 308 today and acknowledged that NFL teams seemed to want him a little bigger. His size, however, was perfect for Fangio’s Stanford defense in which he sometimes played nose tackle in a 3-4, sometimes played defensive tackle in a 4-3, was asked to penetrate on some and held back on others. Fua said he was shooting for 33 or 34 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press.

It will be interesting to see if the 49ers are a team that looks at Fua in the middle rounds of the draft. The team has some question marks at nose tackle, particularly given the uncertainty surrounding free agency. Much could depend on the kind of defense Fangio envisions at the NFL level. A smaller defensive tackle would likely have more success in college than in the NFL, which would make a guy like Fua not all that undersized at the collegiate level. We’ll see if Fangio thinks he can duplicate that system at the NFL level.


2011 NFL Draft: Cal, Stanford Pro Days Set For March

The NFL Combine will take place over the course of the next week and is the last major event before the 2011 NFL Draft in which a huge contingent of players is in the same place being compared. The NFL Draft season starts with All Star Games like the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and the NFLPA’s Texas vs. The Nation Game. After those games wrap up in January, the NFL Combine is the next event on the calendar in late February. That is then followed up by Pro Days at college campuses around the country.

Cal and Stanford will be conducting their annual Pro Days on March 9 and March 17 respectively. UC Davis will be conducting a Pro Day on March 9. San Jose State and Fresno State are not listed in the link above, but they should be having Pro Days like everybody else.

Cal’s Pro Day will primarily feature defensive end Cameron Jordan, running back Shane Vereen, and linebacker Mike Mohamed. Stanford’s Pro Day will primarily feature fullback Owen Marecic and defensive tackle Sione Fua. Both schools will have other players working out, but for the most part they will end up in the background compared to the more high profile players. Of course, over the years an unknown player has stood out during a Pro Day and worked his way onto an NFL roster.


2011 NFL Combine: Cal, Stanford Players Receive Invite To Annual Pre-NFL Draft Event

The road to the 2011 NFL Draft continues next week with the 2011 National Invitational Camp, better known as the NFL Combine. The Combine kicks off next Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Indianapolis and will last through March 1. The event will feature draft-eligible college football players being poked, prodded and tested in numerous ways to determine if they’re worthy of a particular draft slot. They’ll run 40 yard dashes and shuttle runs, they’ll do some bench presses and take the Wonderlic, all in a bid to determine if they’re worth drafting.

The Bay Area will be represented by eight players from Cal and Stanford. Cal will send safety Chris Conte, defensive end Cameron Jordan, linebacker Mike Mohamed and running back Shane Vereen. Stanford will send nose tackle Sione Fua, fullback Owen Marecic, cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Ryan Whalen.

Over the course of a week, these athletes will take part in the following activities and drills:

- 40-yard dash
- Bench Press
- Vertical Jump
- Broad Jump
- 3 Cone Drill
- Shuttle Run
- Wonderlic and psychological tests
- Measurements
- X-Rays
- One-on-one interviews


2011 Senior Bowl: Owen Marecic, Top NFL Draft Fullback Prospect?

 (via stanfordathletics)

Former Stanford Cardinal head coach & current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh once called fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic "the perfect football player". Winner of the inaugural Paul Hornung Award for most versatile college player, Marecic was the bruiser to Stanford's powerful rush attack that nearly unleashed Toby Gerhart to a Heisman Trophy in 2009. He then played both ways in 2010 and helped lock things down for the Cardinal on both sides of the ball, making life easier for Andrew Luck to dominate opposing defenses.

In terms of run blocking, it's hard to get much better than Marecic. Current head coach David Shaw mentioned how he is perhaps the fastest player he's ever coached in anticipating the snap, making him an explosive back who's one step ahead of the rest of his players. What might require some work is his pass catching--fullbacks in the NFL can't just be stuffing it up the middle, they need to show some versatility to give the defense more to think about. Senior Bowl updates have been promising in that regard, as he caught most passes thrown to him today.

Marecic is being targeted by the Philadelphia Eagles according to Bleeding Green Nation, which has to be a nightmare for NFC teams--Philadelphia has had the best rushing attack in the NFL the past two years behind LeSean McCoy, and the last thing they want to deal with is an Andy Reid team that runs as much as it passes. The Minnesota Vikings have also taken a look, potentially to unleash Adrian Peterson, but also reunite him with Gerhart. And don't think Harbaugh and the Niners won't give him some thought either to help out a not so great run attack. There will be options for him if he chooses to turn pro.

Why do we say "chooses"? More on that in a little bit.


2011 Senior Bowl Practice, Day One: Cameron Jordan Cleans Up, Owen Marecic Performs Well

The 2011 Senior Bowl got underway with day one of the practices and Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan had a fairly big day. After measuring in with the biggest hands of all the seniors at 11¼ inches, Jordan by all accounts proceeded to put together a strong effort in the practice session. Scouts Inc’s Steve Muench listed him as his top performer for the day:

No one was able to move Jordan today … Jordan did an excellent job of staying low coming out of his stance and jacked up Solder, effectively taking away his power base and gaining control in the battle … gets good hand placement … He slid in to play DT, where he looked a little quicker, and he is certainly big and strong enough to play that position at the next level. We’d like to see him battle some of the top offensive linemen some more this week, but he’s off to a strong start and is the top five-technique guy here and probably the best one in this class.

The folks at Scouts Inc rank Jordan as the 15th best prospect overall and 5th among defensive ends. The top five defensive ends are bunched up fairly tightly, so a strong week and a solid Combine/private workout could get him up a notch or two in the positional rankings. SB Nation’s current mock draft has him going 17th overall and fifth among defensive ends. The four defensive ends ahead of him are (by draft spot):

3. Robert Quinn
6. Dq’Quan Bowers
14. Aldon Smith
16. Ryan Kerrigan

In other Bay Area related news, Stanford fullback Owen Marecic appears to have had a fairly solid day. After measuring in at 6’0⅜ and 246 pounds, DraftInders.net had this to say about Marecic:

Showed a lot of athleticism and intensity on the field. Caught the ball well. Gave effort blocking yet not a dominant lead blocker.

Marecic is generally considered the top fullback prospect in the draft.


2011 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Cal DE Cameron Jordan Is A Big Boy

The 2011 Senior Bowl kicked off in style with a weigh-in for all the participants. This includes a check on weight, height, and arm and hand size. It’s not quite as in-depth as the NFL Combine weigh-in, but it’s representative of the meat-market quality of these events.

The Bay Area has three college representatives at this event in the form of Cal DE Cameron Jordan, Stanford FB Owen Marecic and Stanford DT Sione Fua. Jordan and Marecic are considered near the top of their respective positions, while Fua appears set to be a solid mid- to late-round pick All three checked in today with the following results courtesy of Draft Countdown:

Cameron Jordan, Defensive End, California
Height: 6’4⅛
Weight: 287
Arm: 34½
Hand: 11¼

Owen Marecic, Fullback, Stanford
Height: 6’0⅜
Weight: 246
Arm: 32¼
Hand: 9⅜

Sione Fua, Defensive Tackle, Stanford
Height: 6’1¾
Weight: 307
Arm: 33¼
Hand: 10¾

Rob Rang of CBS Sports had a few comments about Cameron Jordan following the weigh-in:

I’ve been pretty outspoken about my feeling on Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan, but today’s weigh-in only added to the reason why I believe he’ll ultimately rank as one of the more impressive players in Mobile this week. Jordan measured in at 6041 and 287 pounds. More impressively, he had 11 1/4" hands and 34.5" inch arms, one of the reasons why I believe he can be successful playing inside or out in either front.

Wes Bunting of National Football Post had additional comments on Jordan and there seems to be a pattern developing: Cameron Jordan is a large individual and could really boost his draft stock in the next two months.

California DE Cameron Jordan and Mississippi State’s Pernell McPhee also were really impressive looking athletes. They exhibited well-put together frames, great length (McPhee 34 3/8, Jordan 34 4/8) and certainly looked the part. They’re both bigger defensive end prospects that have the ability to consistently stack and shed in the run game. They also have shown the ability to play clean off the edge and rush the passer.


2011 Senior Bowl: Cameron Jordan, Owen Marecic, Sione Fua Represent Bay Area

The road to the 2011 NFL Draft continues this week with the 2011 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. After a week of the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl gets its moment in the spotlight. Although the annual Texas vs. the Nation game will have some solid talent, the Senior Bowl is the last high-profile game before the annual late February NFL Combine. This week of practice and Sunday’s game will give players a chance to leave a lasting impression with scouts, coaches, and executives in what will then be a long month before the Combine.

Cal and Stanford have three players representing them in this year’s Senior Bowl. They are Cal DE Cameron Jordan, Stanford FB Owen Marecic, and Stanford DT Sione Fua. Scouts Inc. ranks Jordan fifth among defensive ends and 15th overall among all NFL draft prospects. They rank Marecic as the No. 1 fullback and Fua as the 16th defensive tackle. Jordan and Marecic are guaranteed to be drafted, while Fua would appear likely to go around the fifth round if last year’s results end up similar to this year.

Todd McShay provided a rundown of this week’s top storylines (Insider-protected) and he included Cameron Jordan as one such storyline among defensive ends:

Cal’s Cameron Jordan is an underrated five-technique prospect who needs to prove he’s in the same class as some of the other first-round prospects in Mobile this week. Jordan is more active and productive than most 3-4 defensive ends, but he needs to show he can control the point of attack versus some of the top offensive tackles playing in this game.

This week would appear to represent a significant opportunity for Jordan to boost his draft stock before the combine and any private workout he conducts. We’ll make sure and provide updates on how Jordan, Marecia and Fua handle this coming week of practice.


Ryan Whalen, Stanford Cardinal Wide Receiver: 2011 East-West Shrine Game NFL Draft Prospect

Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Ryan Whalen is considered a decent mid-level NFL Draft prospect. Whalen had a strong 2009 season being the primary target of sterling college quarterback Andrew Luck, but his production fell off after getting injured early in the 2010 season, falling from 57 catches and 16.3 yards per catch last season to 41 catches and 10.71 yards per catch this season. It's no strike against Whalen--Luck seemed to become more comfortable in between seasons at distributing the ball to all his primary targets and going through more progressions to find open receivers.

Whalen himself is a very solid receiver. You can tell by the huge YPC that he's very capable of picking up first downs, and generally was a great possession guy with good hands. While he probably doesn't have the physical ability to be a number one receiver, he seems prototypical as a slot man or a guy who can be the third or fourth option in a spread pass attack. And more importantly, he doesn't drop the ball.

Whalen had a good week of practice according to Sports Illustrated. For those who checked into watch NFL Draft Prospects in the East West Shrine Game, you saw the East beat the West 25-8 in a game dominated by defense. Neither team had any real breakout players, but Whalen himself made the best of his legitimate opportunities. Whalen couldn't reel in a low throw from Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson, but did complete a thirteen yard pass and finished with three catches for 24 yards. Not a bad weekend in all.


2011 East West Shrine Game NFL Draft Prospect: Cal Linebacker Mike Mohamed

Mike Mohamed has been the heart and soul of Cal's defense the last two years. He was originally a 4-3 outside linebacker who converted into a 3-4 outside linebacker after defensive coordinator Bob Gregory switched up schemes in 2008. He eventually moved to the inside of the 3-4 with the departure of Worrell Williams and Anthony Felder in 2009.  There's no denying his production: In four years he racked up 340 tackles and often was the player that brought down opposing running backs and receivers in the middle area of the field. His decision-making was missed when Cal played Nevada last year and he could not play, as the rest of the defense made poor mistakes. Mohamed also played fairly well in pass defense and managed to make plays, racking up seven interceptions during his three years as a starter (none more important than his Big Game pick of Andrew Luck to seal the upset in Palo Alto in 2009).

The big question is whether Mohamed has the physical ability to last on the next level. The middle linebacker is one of the most crucial players in the 3-4, but he has to be have a great deal of physicality to deal to get through interior offensive linemen. Unfortunately, Mohamed's slender form did not adapt well against bruising power schemes, as he struggled shedding tacklers.

Unfortunately, despite Mohamed's intelligence and his ability to call out defensive signals, he had times lacked the physical strength of a Williams or Felder to get off the blocks of offensive linemen and stuff the run. He's probably a better fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker in many NFL defensive schemes. Most NFL Draft boards project him to be either a 7th round pick or an undrafted free agent. It'll be interesting to see what Mohamed can do at Saturday's East West Shrine Game.


East-West Shrine Game 2011: Cal LB Michael Mohamed, Stanford WR Ryan Whalen Look To Boost NFL Draft Stock

The 2011 East-West Shrine Game takes place this Sunday in Orlando, Florida, but the week leading up to the game is particularly important NFL scouts and executives. The game itself is hard to judge because players are working with individuals they’ve never played with before and are trying to implement modified playbooks. During the week of practice, players have a chance to show off their individual technique and also conduct one-on-one interviews with NFL scouts, coaches, and executives. This information will all be compiled in order to better assess each player as the 2011 NFL Draft approaches.

The Bay Area has a pair of representatives in the Shrine Game in the form of Cal LB Michael Mohamed and Stanford WR Ryan Whalen. The two players are on the West roster and have had a chance to show their stuff this week. DraftInsider.net has individuals on the ground at practice and had some comments on both players:

Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
Tues: Made a number of acrobatic receptions all afternoon, diving around the field and catching the ball. Worked hard but no speed.

Wed: Made some sensational catches all day. Fought hard for the ball and showed great concentration. Also made the catch of the day after a deep pass which was a sure interception for Korey Lindsey bounced off the Southern Illinois corners hands. Whalen stayed with the action and made the catch. Edit- with apologies to Korey Lindsey, we had dinner with Whalen this evening and Ryan corrected us- it was not Lindsey who dropped the sure interception it was Cortez Allen of The Citadel.

Michael Mohamed LB California
Tues: Used at outside linebacker and did not look comfortable.
Wed: Had a tough day at outside linebacker and constantly trailed all the tight ends in coverage drills, giving up a lot of receptions.

CBS Sports also had some comments on Mohamed:

Mohamed hustled to the ball, but lacks the strength to hold the edge as a strong-side ’backer.


2011 NFL Draft: Cameron Jordan, Rush Defensive End Sleeper?

With Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck bypassing the NFL Draft to return for his junior season, California Golden Bears defensive end Cameron Jordan has stepped up to the forefront as the top Bay Area college prospect. Jordan is the only likely first round pick for either Cal or Stanford, perhaps even the only Bay Area player to go in the first two rounds.

Lining up at strongside defensive end, Jordan wreaked havoc with Tyson Alualu in 2009. With Alualu's departure, Jordan switched over to the weakside. Jordan was just as efficient in 2010, although average to mediocre linebacker play allowed stronger offensive lines to double team Jordan and take him out of games entirely.  Tosh Lupoi has been touted as the main reason for Cal's recruiting revival, but his ability to develop top defensive linemen is looking better year after year; Alualu was a top ten pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Jordan should join him to provide Lupoi with two stud defensive linemen drafted in the first round.

Jordan's main strength is the array of pass rush moves he's accumulated, particularly the power and spin moves. One-on-one, he was very hard to guard, particularly against the Arizona Wildcats when he dominated Philip Garcia and managed to get multiple hits on Nick Foles (including a sack and a forced fumble); Jordan had a similar performance against Arizona last year. He is solid in run defense and was it virtually impossible for tailbacks to shed him once he got his paws on them, even for talents like LaMichael James, Chris Polk, and Jacquizz Rodgers.

The only knock is that he wasn't able to replicate those performances against the USC Trojans, Oregon St. Beavers and Stanford Cardinal teams that run pro-style offenses, although one could argue that the talent on the offensive side of the ball was far superior from two through eight as opposed to the remaining defenders in the front seven behind Jordan.

The only thing that could keep Jordan from being a first round pick is the fact that there are so many defensive ends/pass rushers that could go ahead of him--Da'Quan Bowers of the Clemson Tigers is a top five pick, and Marcell Dareus of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Robert Quinn of the North Carolina Tar Heels, and Adrian Clayborn of the Iowa Hawkeyes are all superb talents. Jordan does have the advantage of working in the 3-4 for the past three years, which is a staple NFL defensive scheme. He could also be considered for the 4-3 defensive end spot as well (the scheme he was originally recruited for at Cal).

Jordan was invited to the Senior Bowl, so you should be able to see him in action at least once before the NFL Draft.

More on Cameron Jordan can be found on Dan at Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's current mock draft (created by Brian Galliford) currently has Jordan going 13th to the Detroit Lions.


2011 NFL Draft: Mocking The Draft's Top 200

SB Nation’s NFL draft website, Mocking The Draft, is a full-service draft site following college football and its relationship with the NFL 365 days a year. They provide Top 100 and Top 200 prospects all year long to get folks ready for the April NFL Draft.

However, this week is when things really start to pick up for the site. The East-West Shrine Game takes place this weekend, which means the weeklong workouts leading up to the game are the first post-bowl opportunity to evaluate players. There will be numerous other opportunities but they do say the first time is the most memorable time. NFL scouts, coaches and front office personnel will be on hand in Orlando, Florida to assess everything about these players from the way they run routes to the way they tie their shoes.

There are only two Bay Area players participating in the Shrine Game (Cal MLB MIchael Mohamed and Stanford WR Ryan Whalen), but MtD’s Top 200 (updated yesterday) features seven Bay Area football players. These include (overall ranking listed):

14. DE Cameron Jordan, Cal
80. DT Sione Fua, Stanford
88. RB Shane Vereen, Cal
105. MLB Mike Mohamed, Cal
133. C Chase Beeler, Stanford
162. OT Derek Hall, Stanford
167. DE/OLB Tom Keiser, Stanford

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