Could this be the year the Cal Bears finally take the next step and win the PAC Ten title? We think it is a possibility as the team will have one terrific defense with a number of quality NFL prospects.The cupboard has thinned out on offense for the Bears after a putting star talent into the draft over the past couple of years but there’s several quality prospects on defense.
Juniors top the list starting with Shane Vereen who has an opportunity after Jahvid Best took his game to the NFL. Vereen runs tough, shows a burst through the whole and plays with good amount of quickness. He runs low to the ground getting lost behind blockers, is a solid receiver out of the backfield that nicely adjusts to the errant throw and helps out as a return specialist.
Marvin Jones is a developing receiver we really like. Playing with a good degree of quickness he extends his hands to catch the ball and easily makes the over the shoulder reception downfield while running full speed. Jones also gives effort blocking downfield. ’10 could be a big season for the wide out.
Jeremy Ross is a strong receiver who uses his size as an advantage yet a one speed wide out that really shows no burst or ability to run to the deep throw.
Defensively, the name on everyone’s lips is Cameron Jordan.
Jordan blew us away in ’08 as the sophomore displayed himself as a force on the defensive line. He struggled to take it to the next level last season in large part due to being out of position in Cal’s 3-4 alignment. Jordan is a terrific athlete that plays with good pad level, knifes to the inside of blockers and is rarely off his feet. Jordan displays good hand movement working to protect himself, immediately alters his angle of attack and easily gets out to the flanks to make plays. He really does not possess the great closing burst, he lacks natural bulk to this point and will be handled by blockers. He’s a terrific prospect with a nice upside and like his former teammate Tyson Alualu, is first round material.
There are a variety of opinions on Michael Mohamed and ours is nothing but positive. Mohamed is a competitive football player that nicely diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments and does a terrific job taking on blocks. He’s forceful on the blitz, shows skill in zone coverage and a good head for the ball. The criticism on Mohamed is he’s slow, marginally athletic and only good in the box. And though we agree with that to an extent, Mohamed’s instincts and ability to think quickly on his feet give him an advantage.
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