Football: Kam Jackson declaring for NFL draft

Junior cornerback Kameron Jackson announced via twitter today that he will declare himself eligible for the NFL draft.

“Did a lot of thinking over these past couple weeks. My mind is made up! I’ve decided to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft !” he tweeted.

A 5-foot-9 native of Long Beach, Jackson had his breakout game for Cal in 2011, intercepting three passes in a win over UCLA. He intercepted just one pass in 2012.

Coach Sonny Dykes confirmed last week that Jackson was among five juniors who requested draft evaluations from the NFL. The others were running back Brendan Bigelow, linebacker Khairi Fortt, receiver Richard Rodgers and safety Michael Lowe.


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  • Juancho

    If sonnny thought the cupboard was bare this year. Its getting more bare for next year.

    Maybe we fimd magic next year. Who knows. After this season though its hard to rationally think if how we close the gap next year. Other than with magic.

  • Joshiemac

    I have this bad feeling that next year is going to remind us all that with. Cal Football there is no rock bottom–it can always get worse.

  • Joey

    Sonny has less talent than Latoya Jackson and I’m not talking about his players.

  • Steve W

    Kam who? Maybe he can join Bigalow on the practice squad for the Oakland Raiders or the Jacksonville Jaguars. Who is advising these kids, anyway? Memo to Kam: you were part of one of the worst pass defenses in recent D-1 college football history. If they ask for some film, tell them it was destroyed in a fire.

  • Juancho

    Steve look at it from the kids family perspective.

    They could be from a very poor household that needs more than what an average out of college salary can pay.

    And. What hope do these kids have the team will be much better next year?

    Stanford has guys finishing degrees because they play for national titles.

    Kam jackson would come back for what ? 3 wins ? And the risk of blowing out his knee?

    People slammed keenan for leaving. Time has shown our guys have been right to leave early.

    If youre the type who really will use or need a degree then youll go back to school and finish.

    As for the raiders. Id take bigelow over mcfadden.

    Bigelow will be like keenan.

    All these defenders transferring or declaring early will reflect on the teams pulse for the future. And what they think about buh and co.

    Kam who? Kam jackson who had to endure a year of embarrasment. Who played for our school. Who hopefully will help his family and hopefully make an nfl roster. Thats kam who.

    The players arent the ones collecting fat checks for the shame this past year was.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Kam will be drafted. He’s good. He’s very capable of playing in dime packages.

    At worst, he’s a practice squad player with a good chance to gain a roster spot as injuries claim a team’s DBs. He can get paid to play, for a few years at least.

    And there is always the chance he gets a foot in the door as dime or nickle back and plays for several years.

    I don’t blame him a bit. Is his technique going to improve with another year under our current assistant coaches? Is he going to look better on tape with endless shots taken at him as the DL never gets heat on the QB? It’s kinda hard to rack up INTs without a pass rush.

    I look forward to seeing him suit up in the NFL. I can’t say I think many others have a realistic chance of playing.

    Rodgers is the only other possibility, but he needs work. He needs to come back, continue to gain some upper body strength, and work on perfecting his routes. He could end up a late round project pick NEXT YEAR, not now.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Juancho, Bigelow is not an NFL back. He doesn’t know how to pass protect (in part thanks to the system change) and he can’t hold onto the ball (which the league is finally realizing means more than yards per carry). There are faster, more electric players out there a team can gamble on if they want to take a chance.

  • covinared

    I dont get it. if he looked good, it was only because all the others were so bad. he had one big game where 2 of his picks dropped right in his hands. I doubt he’ll get drafted.

  • Juancho

    Bovine i think hell do well. He will have better coaches and progress faster as a pro. Even if hes undrafted and has to work hiw way ti a squad.

    Id rather go pro than risk another knee issue. Plus with the fact theyve mived him to wr and share carries so heavily theyre asking him to move on.

    Good for him and best of luck to all these kids. We saw how snakebit we were with injuries this year. Who would want to risk injury when you have a shot at a league minimum salary or more.

  • covinared

    agree with wisdom. Bigelow was moved back to rb the last few games and looked pretty good. still an nfl back can’t fumble and has to block. Russell White did not make it mostly because he could not block. Bigelow has potential, mostly in his speed, but is far from nfl caliber. he seems also to lack intelligence.

  • covinared

    Junacho: I don’t remember many questioning Allen’s decision to leave early. that was a no brainer.

  • Steve W


    Gotta disagree with you on this one. I hate it when guys come out early, but Keenan Allen had already pretty much proved he was ready for the NFL by breaking the Cal record book. Ditto also for guys like Shane Vereen and Desean Jackson. Kam Jackson is coming out as a guy with no great body of work in college, but who probably believes he can impress at the combines with his athleticism.

    There is every reason to believe that Cal’s secondary will be markedly improved next season with McClure, Sebastian and some of the young guys who were tossed into the fire coming back. Jackson could make that secondary better while improving his draft chances. I think that kind of thinking worked out well for someone named Deltha O’Neal, who stayed for his senior year on a very lousy Cal team and became a first round draft choice. And at least give Dykes credit for plumbing the JC ranks to improve Cal’s desperately lousy pass rush.

  • Juancho

    You guys are probably right.

    Merry christmas to all the brothers.

  • Gobears49

    Merry Christmas to all of those who are participating in this great blog.

    Anyone know what McCain’s plans are after getting kicked off the football team? Would like to follow his collegiate career, as I think he’s an excellent player. Thanks.

  • Rollonubears

    KA was injured and drafted anyway. It was a huge gamble for sd but it paid off.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Rollon, hardly. Ask yourself: He was picked by what team? In what round? And who was Allen’s position coach?

    It was a steal, not a gamble. A gamble would have been SD waiting until the 4th round with their inside information.

    Had Allen played on the East Coast and been seen with more regularity, especially if people saw how he caught stray passes on nearly every target, his tape would have been more heavily scrutinized to gauge his speed and movement when healthy and there is no way he drops past the bottom of the 2nd round.

    GMs will be kicking themselves for years over not trading up for him in the late 2nd when it would not have cost much. Hello Niners?!?!?! Huge fail given all those picks they had to spare.

  • 707 Bear

    Ahhh Christmas….family, presents, too much food….can we now talk about something important?

    Keenan Allen (66 receptions) and Marvin Jones (46 receptions) in the big boy league. How do these two not get drafted higher than the 3rd and 5th rounds? Slow 40?

  • 707 Bear

    Speaking of 40 times.

    Why do they run with track spikes and spandex? Why not run in—oh I don’t know—pads and a helmet? Seems bigger receivers like Jones and Allen might be able to have a better comparable time against smaller guys.

    Forgive the strange question, this is what happens after spending too much time with family.

  • al

    You guys talk as though Kam is some stud. He was average at best. Wouldn’t a really talented player stand out – especially on a team that stinks? Whoever his coach is doesn’t matter because if he has skills it’ll show despite the coaching. He did not. He was average in coverage but a decent tackler. The NFL is loaded with taller, faster, bigger & stronger WRs & TEs – he wasn’t a shutdown CB in tue P12. There’s not much of a market for a 5’9″ 185lb corner. I like Kam but he would seriously benefit by playing another season. He won’t get drafted. What will he do then? It’d be unexpected if he makes a 53-man or practice squad. How many early entrants fail trying to make the NFL then go back to school to get their degree? It would cost them $ because that scholie is long gone. It would suck if he’s leaving due to grades. Give me a break about Allen. After seeing what he did his sophomore season with maynard at QB it wasn’t hard to determine if he had the skills for the NFL. Bigelow, Rodgers, Kam, & Fortt won’t get drafted. Get that degree, guys! As far as the transfers go I say let them. In order for Cal to turn it around on the field & in the classroom they need kids who WANT to be at Cal! I agree that the previous regime was successful in sending guys to the NFL but it also led to Cal’s embarrassingly low grad rates, etc. Give Dykes some credit – he’s not just talk when it comes to education. Sure, the team had a forgettable but there were so many other factors besides Dykes & his staff. NO ONE could have succeded this season at Cal with the inexperience & (mostly) the injuries! He has 2 more years to improve the team on the field & off of it.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Hmmmm….it says his intended major is Sociology.

    Well giving the league a try is still a whole lot better than having a Sociology degree.

  • Wehofx

    Steve Williams 5’10 185 cb drafted in 5 rd by chargers. I thought he shoulda stayed too. But Made team. IMO kj is better cb.

    clancy Pendergast not expect back at USC, @AdamSchefter reports. Presumably means buyout issues w/ Justin Wilcox resolved, will
    follow Sark.
    per Twitter cp getting a lotta attention from NFL.
    guess that means my 2 candidates for dc to replace buh are off the market.

  • Wehofx

    No surprise. IMO no big loss.


    I can also confirm Richard Rodgers/TE/Cal has also signed with an agent and is in the 2014 NFL Draft…

  • Juancho

    Wow. Rodgers? I hope him the best. Just seems to reflect the team has little faith in us being a winning team next year.

    And good golly miss molly what happens if next year Treggs and Harper leave?

    Dykes and co. need to do some recruiting magic.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Agreed, WOW on Rodgers. A mistake, I think.

    Al, how exactly do you think a CB stands out on a bad team? INTs even though the QB never gets pressured while trying to cover WRs that will likely go pro (as most Pac 12 WR1s do)?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Though, I guess it’s possible Rodgers is just getting the hell out, not wanting to go through a repeat of last season. I don’t recall many TEs (especially those considered to have potential) that were switched to WR and then RB. Couldn’t have been too much fun.

    He probably wanted out before he spent time at DE.

  • BlueNGold

    The notion of moron criticizing anyone else’s choice of educational pursuits is truly laughable.