Cal coach Sonny Dykes met with beat reporters Wednesday to talk about the program’s impressive APR scores and took the time to provide analyses on Bears with an opportunity to be taken in the April 28-30 NFL draft.
Dykes is looking forward to attending his first draft, joining Jared Goff in Chicago where the quarterback seems likely to be selected first or second overall.
Here’s what Dykes had to say (with the mock draft projection of CBS Sports in parenthesis):
On QB Jared Goff (1st overall to the L.A. Rams): “Obviously, Jared’s been talked about and pulled apart and examined in a million different ways. I’ve always believed that at the end of the day the most important thing on your resume is your work experience. How you performed with your previous employer . . . not necessarily a lot of the other stuff that seems to come up in the NFL draft.
“The good thing about Jared is he’s been steady through the whole (pre-draft process). That’s why if I was a general manager in the NFL he would appeal to me because he’s done that for three years. His resume is impressive and I’m not talking about the numbers. I’m talking about his approach and his work ethic. You know exactly what you’re getting with him.
“There haven’t been any issues – there’s hasn’t been one thing that’s ever come up in his career that would ever give anybody any reason to think he’s going to be (anything) but mature and a person you can build an organization around.”
On WR Kenny Lawler (4th round to the New Orleans Saints): “A guy like Kenny redshirted (as a freshman) and just became much more consistent in his work ethic and his approach and his life. I’m so proud of Kenny. His work ethic and investment in the team was so much better. He really grew up and I think he’s going to continue to grow up in the NFL. He’s got tremendous ability, a really unique skillset, so I’m really excited to see how he does. He’s got a chance to be a really good player.”
On RB Daniel Lasco (4th round to the Carolina Panthers): “Probably in 25 years of coaching, Lasco probably handled having a disappointing season better than anybody else, probably better than anybody could have. He’s just one of those guys who puts the work in, he expects good things to happen and if something good doesn’t happen he just puts his head down and grinds through it. I know he was disappointed this year with that injury and bouncing back and getting re-injured. All the ups and downs he went through, the kid never wavered.
“Who else in college football runs for a 60-yard touchdown and runs down on the next kickoff? That’s the kind of guy he is. Whoever drafts him is getting a steal. He catches the ball well. He’s tough. Again, you’re not going to find a better guy in the world.”
On WR/KOR Trevor Davis (5th round to the Denver Broncos): “Trevor ran well at the combine. He gets in and out of his breaks probably as well as anybody. At the individual and private workouts he’s had with NFL teams, he’s really improved his stock. It seems whenever he works out for somebody, they always like what they see. He got an ankle (injury last fall) and was never the same. But he kept hanging in there and making plays for us.”
On TE/TE Stephen Anderson (5th round to the Tennessee Titans): “Stephen Anderson’s just a guy who kept getting better and better and better. The NFL people love him just because of his frame. He’s a unique talent because he does have kind of wide receiver skillset, but he is big enough and tough enough to put his hand down and be able to hold his own as maybe a tight end or flexed out. He can give a team a different look. He did that for us.”
On WR Bryce Treggs: “Bryce worked hard and had success early in his career. He has been very steady. He can run. He’s going to be intriguing to people because he does have that speed and he has good ball skills.”
On WR Darius Powe: “I think Darius Powe got himself in the conversation the way he ran the 40. He’s a pretty unique guy, too. He’s got that good size they’re looking for. Got some toughness, got some ball skills and can be a good special teams player.”
On DB Stephen McClure: “Someone like Steph McClure is going to have an opportunity. The one thing I’ve learned about Steph is, boy, you better never count him out. He’s going to get on somebody’s team and somebody’s going to spend some time around him and say, `I want this guy in the organization.’ Just because he’s such a great kid and has such a great work ethic.”