I haven’t been able to reach Cameron Jordan tonight, but he did do a conference call with the New Orleans media. You can read that here. There is also an extensive interview with the Saints’ director of college scouting with some pretty good stuff on Jordan.
Cameron Jordan has been selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 24th pick. More to come…
Most observers expected Cameron Jordan to be picked in the top-20. The 20th pick just went to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and they selected Adrian Clayborn of Iowa. That makes five defensive ends now selected before Jordan.
Many thought the Patriots were very interested in Cameron Jordan, with even rumors earlier today that they may trade up to get him. But New England instead selected OT Nate Solder of Colorado with the 17th pick.
Four defensive ends have gone off the board among the first 16 picks and Cameron Jordan is still sitting here. Many think he may go next to New England.
There have been 13 picks in tonight’s NFL draft and Cameron Jordan is still on the board. More coverage to come.
I talked with former Cal star DeNesha Stallworth today and she said she met with new coach Lindsay Gottlieb this morning but isn’t seriously considering returning to the Bears.
Since announcing she was leaving Cal at the beginning of the month, Stallworth has taken visits to Kentucky and Florida. Stallworth was on her way to LSU today for another visit.
Stallworth said she will make her decision next week.
Stallworth said her meeting with Gottlieb this morning was more of a personal nature, not necessarily as a coach-to-player/recruit. Stallworth built a strong relationship with Gottlieb when she was being recruited by Cal and said she was disappointed when she left to take the head coaching job at UCSB.
When asked if she was considering coming back to Cal, Stallworth said: “No, not really. But it’s not totally out of my head.”
Stallworth said one of the reasons she is considering SEC schools is she’d “like to get away.”
Stallworth said she planned on meeting with Gottlieb again next week before making her decision, but she said that was to “talk as friends and ask her for advice.”
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.
Obviously, nobody is real surprised by Beau Sweeney’s decision to leave Berkeley. Like any competitor, he wants to play. And with four quarterbacks apparently ahead of him in the pecking order right now, the chances of him seeing the field with Cal at any point during his final two years are very remote.