The NFL draft finally arrives tonight, and we finally get to see how accurate all the mock drafts have been over the past few months.
One thing seems pretty clear. Defensive end Cameron Jordan is destined to go between 10 and 20 in the first round. No. 12 to Minnesota has become a popular projection for Jordan, although you still see No. 17 to New England, No. 18 to San Diego and other possibilities. And ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. moved Jordan up to No. 9 (to Dallas) in his final mock draft.
Cal’s other three legitimate NFL draft hopefuls seem to be a little bit more all over the board. Projections on running back Shane Vereen range from second round to fifth round. Vereen was told second round when he applied for feedback from NFL personnel evaluators, but most mocks don’t have him going in the second. It seems the most popular prediction is the third round, which would have him coming off the board tomorrow night.
None of Cal’s draft candidates seems to be more unpredictable than safety Chris Conte. Some like him in the third round; others say he won’t get drafted at all. Kiper said Conte will have to fight just to get into the seventh and final round. If you take all the projections into consideration, it appears Conte is a mid-round pick.
Linebacker Mike Mohamed appears to be the most steady. He has always been projected as a 5th-6th round pick and it still seems like that is where he his slotted. There are some that say he may go later or not get drafted at all. After what happened to Zack Follett a couple years ago, nothing would surprise me.
The final four rounds are Saturday, so look for Conte and Mohamed to get drafted then. Wide receiver Jeremy Ross could slip into the seventh round after some good postseason showings in workouts.