Football: The long wait is over for Marvin Jones

After a 3 1/2-hour wait Saturday, Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones was selected in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 166th overll pick.

Jones’ stock seemed to rise during pre-draft events, including the Senior Bowl all-star game, where he caught a touchdown pass, and the scouting combine, where he ran the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds.

Then he watched 22 wide receivers picked in the draft before he was chosen. Still, Jones became the first receiver from Cal to be drafted since the Eagles took DeSean Jackson in the second round in 2008.

Jones caught 62 passes for 846 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2011, giving him career totals of 156 receptions for 2,270 yards with 14 TDs.

REID PRAISES KENDRICKS: Eagles coach Andy Reid just appeared on ESPN, where he had good words for second-round pick Mychal Kendricks.

“We have had so much success here with Cal players — intelligent, attitude, great athletic ability. We welcome Mychal here.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Those were cool comments. He was speaking to Cal alumn Herm Edwards too.

  • Will

    JF, any news on why he has slipped this far? Your article the other day suggested he was rocketing UP the board.

  • Juancho

    Hoping my raiders get him.

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  • 66Bear

    Godspeed to Marvin Jones as he begins his NFL career. He is a much better receiver than his stats at Cal showed, not to mention his ability to run with the ball after the reception I think that the Bengals have gotten a great receiver who will have a long and productive career. 🙂