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Football: Kiper on Cal guys

Took part in a conference call with ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. this morning and asked him to size up Cal’s draft prospects. Not surprisingly, he showered defensive end Cameron Jordan with superlatives.

“He’s at No. 17 right now (on his big board),” Kiper said. “He gives you a lot of scheme versatility. He had a great year, a great senior bowl and a great combine. If Cameron Jordan went in the top-10, nobody would rip that pick based on the way he played and how he performed at the two key venues.”

Kiper projects tailback Shane Vereen to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round, although other projections have him going a bit higher. “Maybe the third round, but running backs usually drop a little bit further than where they are projected,” Kiper said.

Kiper said linebacker Mohamed should go in the fifth or sixth round, which seems to be the consensus among other draft prognosticators.

Many reports said that defensive back Chris Conte really helped his cause at the combine and is entrenched as a middle-round pick. But Kiper doesn’t see it that way. “He’s going to have to battle his way into the late rounds or be an undrafted free agent,” he said.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Calfansincebirth

    conte should be 3rd rounder to 5th rounder

  • Veronica

    Who cares what Kiper thinks, the guy is always wrong. If he was so smart, he would be a GM, not some guy with a terrible haircut on ESPN who nobody believes.