Former Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed had a decision to make Wednesday. He had a chance to improve some of his times from the NFL combine. But the condition of the new turf at Witter Rugby Field wasn’t ideal.
In the end, Mohamed decided he couldn’t have gained too much by participating. So he skipped the timed tests and just did position work instead.
“There are some things I wanted to improve on, but the field isn’t exactly in the best shape,” Mohamed said. “It’s like being on the moon out here. There are craters everywhere. But there was nothing bad. I really didn’t have too much to gain by doing a little bit better.”
Mohamed is projected as a late-round pick. He too had a good showing at the NFL combine.
“One thing that the Combine allowed me to do was to show teams that I’m a lot more athletic than I’ve been given credit for,” Mohamed said. “A lot of teams had good things to say about seeing me actually move in person.”
Mohamed said some NFL teams have expressed interest in him as an inside linebacker and some on the outside. Either way, Mohamed appears a lock to be drafted, which is a long way from the high school senior from Brawley who only received Division I scholarship offers from Cal and San Diego State.
“It’s been a wild ride,” Mohamed said. “Coming from a small town, not too many people have heard of Brawley. To have the opportunity to play in the NFL, I consider myself very lucky.”
One question Mohamed received at the Combine was for him to describe his weirdest experience at Cal. His response? “I usually tell them if they ever make it to Cal, they can take a walk down Telegraph. You’ll see enough weird out there.”