Now that the 2010 college football season is complete, the 2011 NFL Draft season is upon us. It starts with the East-West Shrine Game this week, continues on to the Senior Bowl, and peaks with the annual NFL Combine. Mixed in throughout all this are campus visits and private workouts. This all culminates in late April with the now three-day NFL Draft. Although labor issues could affect the start of free agency, the NFL Draft will still take place in late April even if a collective bargaining agreement is not in place.
Cal, Stanford and San Jose State will have numerous players vying to be selected by NFL teams. Whether we're talking about Shane Vereen, Cameron Jordan, Owen Marecic, or Duke Ihenacho, we can expect a decent-sized contingent of Bay Area prospects to be selected during one of the three days of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The next three months these prospects will be poked, prodded, and examined in every possible legal manner. We'll find out how they do on the Wonderlic, how fast they run the 40-yard dash, and what character issues lie in the deep, dark recesses of their soul. Some of the information will appear useless but NFL scouts and executives will find some way to prove that all the information is particularly pertinent.
As the next three months progress, we'll provide updates on the performances of any and all Bay Area college football players. Over this time frame the rankings will see plenty of shake-ups. At least one player, if not more, among Scouts Inc's top players will take a tumble for some reason. He might have a poor 40-time, or he might fail a drug test. Either way it will be a crazy three months.
For now, Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan currently ranks as the high man among Bay Area schools. Scouts Inc (Insider-protected) ranks Jordan 15th overall:
Projects best as a 3-4 DE in the NFL but can also play power-end in 4-3. Has adequate-to-good quickness for his size. Would fit well with a team that likes to use multiple defensive fronts ...
Diagnoses plays quickly for a 5-technique. Shows very good awareness while remaining disciplined within the scheme. Does not appear to tire as quickly as most 3-4 DEs. Plays hard for four quarters and is clearly a competitor.
Check back frequently over the next three months for updates.