NFL draft

It will be interesting to see where Daymeion Hughes goes in the draft this weekend. Obviously, his body of work on the field speaks for itself. But scouts are concerned that he isn’t fast enough to be a lock-down corner in the NFL.

It always amazes me how much pro teams — in football and basketball — are obsessed with the “measurables.” If a guy has the correct height, weight, speed, strength, etc., he becomes a top prospect, seemingly in spite of his skill level as a player. I think a lot of pro teams are confident they can turn a guy into a great player as long as he has the raw athletic ability. As we have seen so often, that is not always the case.

It’s true that college success doesn’t always translate into success in the NFL. But that still seems to be a better barometer than running the 40 in a certain time or squatting a certain weight a number of times. Here’s a crazy idea: How about evaluating how good a player a guy is.

It looks like Marshawn Lynch, Hughes, Brandon Mebane and Desmond Bishop are all locks to be drafted. Don’t be totally shocked if Tim Mixon’s name is called, too. He’s reportedly looked good in workouts and his ability as a kick returner makes him a more attractive prospect.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • paul

    I agree, especially with a cornerback in the Pac 10. Since he covered some of the top receivers in the country (who are also speedy by the clock), can’t you just judge by the film?

  • oski

    any news on the new rbs? how are slocum and best going to factor into the rotation?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Oski, the situation is somewhat up in the air because Slocum was hurt for most of the spring. James Montgomery probably is the No. 2 tailback behind Justin Forsett right now, but of course that could change. I think Best has a chance to make an immediate impact, but you never know with true freshmen. Of course, a lot of this depends on Forsett’s ability to be an every-down back. Jeff Tedford is confident Forsett is durable enough to do so.

  • Steve


    Glad to have you on board as the new fball beat writer. Also, really appreciate that you’ve jumped in and are posting frequently