By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 9:36 pm in off-season stuff.
Today was not a good day for Cal’s football program. The Bears were hoping for as many as five players to get drafted, and only two did — barely.
You all know by now that linebacker Zack Follett (Lions) and tight end Cameron Morrah (Seahawks) were selected in the seventh round. That means linebackers Worrell Williams and Anthony Felder as well as defensive end Rulon Davis were shut out.
Williams, Felder, Davis, quarterback Nate Longshore and long snapper Nick Sundberg should all sign free agent contracts with team soon, and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou is also a possibility.
“I was a little disappointed how Cal guys don’t get much respect,” Follett said. “We have a lot of good players here. I don’t know what it is.”
In the case of Follett, it appears his recurring neck issues may have contributed to his fall in the draft. Most projections had him going in the fourth round. Follett’s agent, Kenny Chapman, said some teams told him his client failed their physicals.
Follett has been dealing with neck pain ever since he arrived at Cal and it got worse when he suffered a neck stinger in 2007. Follett has been in and out of the training room ever since.
Follett held a conference call with the local media Sunday night. I’ll have more thorough coverage on Follett on Monday.
Morrah was a little tougher to get a gauge on because some mock drafts had him going as high as the fourth round while others had him being totally undrafted. Morrah said he was still happy he left after his junior year because it will allow his ailing grandmother a chance to watch him play professional football.
Morrah also will be re-united with former Cal teammates Brandon Mebane and Justin Forsett in Seattle.
I spoke with Morrah one-on-one and he also held a conference call Sunday. More on him as well Monday.
I also spoke with Williams on Sunday night and he was understandably disappointed. His agent, Tony Fleming, said there are a couple of teams interested in signing Williams and his client should have a home Monday. Again, more on him to come.
In the meantime, here’s a transcription from Detroit coach Jim Schwartz’s press conference today. Scroll down to read some questions about Follett.