By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 10:13 am in off-season stuff.
Just received word that junior center Alex Mack definitely is coming back to Cal next season. There had been some talk that Mack may enter the NFL draft this year, but I never really thought that was a serious possibility. Centers typically are never drafted that high, no matter how good they are. Mack definitely is one of the best centers in the country, but he still likely wouldn’t have been a very high pick this year.
Returning to Cal is both good for Mack and good for the Bears. Obviously, he is Cal’s most skilled offensive lineman and has a complete understanding of the offense. So complete, in fact, that he could probably play guard or tackle, too. That wouldn’t be completely out of the realm of possibility, either. The Bears are losing left tackle Mike Gibson. Could the Bears move Mack to left tackle and insert highly regarded prospect Chris Guarnero at center? It’s something to consider. It would keep the Bears’ line strong, and playing tackle would greatly improve Mack’s draft stock.
No word yet on DeSean Jackson’s decision. I’ve been convinced all year that he is leaving, but you do have to wonder what is taking him so long to announce his decision. Could the delay mean there’s more of a chance that he’s coming back than you might think? Several other top underclassmen around the country have already declared. Why hasn’t DeSean? My gut tells me he’s still leaving, but the delay might give Cal fans hope.