2012 NFL Draft: How Does Day 1 Affect Cal Prospects?

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2012 NFL Draft: How Does Day 1 Affect Cal Prospects?
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Jeff Tedford is ushering an impressive group of prospects to the NFL

Now that the first round of the NFL draft has been completed, where do the Cal players stand? While there were a flurry of trades, none of the Cal prospects were taken on Day 1. Fear not, Bears fan, there could still be as many as four former Bears drafted between Rounds 2 and 3.

ILB Mychal Kendricks is still projected to be the next middle linebacker to be drafted after Luke Kuechly and Dont'a Hightower were drafted in their respective positions. There should be plenty of teams interested in Kendricks' services as 3-4 defensive teams such as the Colts, Ravens, Bills and Chiefs all pick within the next 15 picks and have a need at inside linebacker.

OT Mitchel Schwartz's stock hasn't really been affected by Day 1. However, multiple higher ranked tackles remain available. Prospects including Georgia's Cordy Glenn, Stanford's Jonathon Martin, Ohio State's Mike Adams, Mississippi's Bobbie Massie and Illinois' Jeff Allen remain available, which hurts Schwartz' chances of going in Round 2.

However, all of those previously mentioned prospects have major flaws and could easily slide past Schwartz. At this point, I see Schwartz going at the tail end of the second round to the early third to a team that has a OT need like the Giants, Redskins, Bills or Texans.

WR Marvin Jones has a similar challenge facing him as there weren't a ton of receivers taken in Round 1. There are still a large number of superior prospects in front of Jones, including LSU's Reuben Randle, Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina and Chris Givens from Wake Forest.

I still believe whatever team that drafts Jones will be ecstatic to have him and will immediately see results of the selection. At this point, I see Jones being taken in the middle of the third or potentially as late as the early fourth.

There are still huge questions regarding DE/DT Trevor Guyton's draft position as there weren't a ton of 3-4 defensive ends taken on Day 1. The good news, however, is that there aren't that many true defensive ends that fit that scheme and have the experience that Guyton has. I think Guyton will probably go somewhere in the middle of the third, potentially to teams including the Chargers, Steelers, Packers or Ravens.

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