Football: Kiper on Cal prospects

I was on a conference call with ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. on Wednesday and asked his opinion about a few of Cal’s top draft prospects. Here’s what he had to say:

  • On how important the medical aspect of next week’s combine will be for running back Jahvid Best:

“The medical part is important because he had injuries during his career, and the concussion. Had he finished out the year, I think he would have been a first-round draft choice. I think it’s second round now for Best.”

  • On defensive end Tyson Alualu:

“Tyson Alualu, I like as a 3-4 end. I like the fact that he gives you great versatility. I was high on him all year. I think second round is a distinct possibility for this kid.”

  • On cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson:

“Syd’Quan Thompson, the speed question is important – to be able to cover receivers down the field from the cornerback position. With his size, to me he’s a fifth to seventh round type of pick.”

Jonathan Okanes

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  • Steve W

    After watching Best before he got hurt last season, I have my doubts he will be an impact player in the NFL. He is certainly not durable, and he was stopped at the line of scrimmage way too often by good college defenses last season. He is definitely in the Reggie Bush, Ted Ginn type of mold. He will need to find the right team that can afford to use him mostly in the slot and on kickoff returns.