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Standing out

By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 2:34 pm in off-season stuff.

Reports are that Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett have really been standing out at Senior Bowl practice this week. But those of us who have watched Hawkins play all year can’t be surprised. The guy runs every route and catches everything (the Stanford game, notwithstanding). Hawkins probably won’t go in the first round, but the second round wouldn’t be a surprise. I think Forsett was originally considered a mid-to-late round pick but perhaps his showing this week could put him firmly in the middle of the draft. I’m sure some teams just won’t be able to get over his size, but his body of work speaks for itself (i.e., the USC game).

As far as Thomas DeCoud goes, haven’t heard as much about him. Don’t know if that means he hasn’t stood out or not, but I think his draft stock is a bit of a wild card. Mel Kiper has him ranked fairly high before the season but his stock doesn’t seem to be that high now. But with his body and athleticism, he’s sure to make an impression at the combine and Pro Day.

For those interested, the Senior Bowl is at 1 p.m. on Saturday on the NFL Network.

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  • Jan K. Oski

    Hey J.O.,

    It’s great to see these guys shine in national practices. ESPN had an interview with Lavelle, and he seemed to be his typical upbeat self, even though he denied Jerry Rice as his favorite 49er receiver and chose T. “someone get me some meds” Owens.

    On another subject, I’ve read elsewhere that Boatang is, then isn’t registered at Cal, so it would be nice if someone, who has Tedford’s ear, could set the facts straight. I’d also like to know how Tedford’s discussion with him went and how he might fit into next year’s plans with respect to returning kickoffs and punts. More precisely how does his speed compare with the other competitors for these roles like Best, Ross, Slocum, Vereen and new-comer Juco WR Tucker who has been said to be the biggest prize of this year’s class? Is there also a chance of Boateng playing bball next year? GO YOU BEARS!

  • gobears

    Well, I’m not sure if he’ll be participating in any sports, but Nyan Boateng is registered at Berkeley according to people finder.

    go bears! :]

  • http://www.scottholtcpa.com socalbear

    Hey Jonathon,

    I feel wonderful and sad at the same time hearing great reports that our 2007 Cal Bear seniors are performing well post the downward spiral. We all knew the players were fantastic on a national level if given the chance…and at times they were. But, the “what-if’s” for the 2007 season (If Great Bear QB = Rose Bowl baby!) still punch me in the face. I just know that all of the Bear Seniors and Juniors could be in a better “I remember when” place if there were just a few changes (well mostly one). Still looking forward to 2008 with Passion for my bears!

    GO BERKELEY BEARS!