2012 NFL Draft: How Does Day 2 Affect Cal Prospects
Now that Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft is history, with three rounds in the books, it's time to catch up on how all the former Cal Bears fared. It was an important day in the lives of five former Cal athletes. Three prospects were drafted while two remain waiting for their call.
Let's recap all the action for these former Bears.
OT Mitchell Schwartz: Cleveland Browns, 2nd-Round Pick 5 (37th Overall)
This former Bear was the first offensive lineman to come off the board in the second round. He was taken by Cleveland, which plans to play him at right tackle.
While higher-ranked prospects such as Georgia's Cordy Glenn, Ohio State's Mike Adams and Stanford's onathon Martin remained on the board, the Browns chose Schwartz because of his durability, intelligence and his fit in their scheme.
While I him projected as the second Cal prospect to be drafted, I was elated to see him join former Cal great Alex Mack on the Browns.
Schwartz is a great fit for the West Coast offense that coach Pat Shurmur has installed and should be a key part of the Browns' new youth movement, along with newly drafted running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
LB Mychal Kendricks: Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd-Round Pick 14 (46th Overall)
Less than 10 picks later, inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks found himself a new home as Philadelphia looks to rebuild its struggling defense.
Kendricks was the first middle linebacker taken in the second round and only the second linebacker taken on the day. Just after him, former USC coach Pete Carroll took Utah State's Bobby Wagner.
Kendricks had experience playing outside and inside linebacker in the Bear's 3-4 scheme. But the Eagles are expected to try him at strongside linebacker, the position more responsible for run defense.
While I'm excited that Kendricks was drafted by a phenomenal organization known for developing young players, I question his role. Kendricks is a more natural fit at middle linebacker or even on the weakside.
Regardless, I look forward to watching him make an immediate impact. He's part of a needed infusion of defensive talent that includes tackle Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State and end Vinny Curry from Marshall.
P Bryan Anger: Jacksonville Jaguars, 3rd-Round Pick 7 (70th Overall)
As I watching the draft, I expected either defensive end Trevor Guyton or wide receiver Marvin Jones to be the next Cal prospect selected. But like most of the draft audience, I was surprised when Jacksonville made its pick early in the third round. While the Jaguars' pick may have shocked fans and analysts (especially the NFL Network's Rich Eisen), to me the selection made sense.
Anger was by far the best punter prospect in the draft. And while it may not be most important position, teams like the Raiders and the Giants have recently shown how important a punter can be.
Anger has a unique ability to adjust his punting style while maintaining his accuracy and distance. However, he may be best known for his long hang-time.
Some have argued that the Jaguars selected him too early and that he may have been available in the fourth, fifth or sixth rounds. My counter argument would be that it only takes one team to fall in love with a prospect and he would not have been available.
I stand by the selection and wish Anger the best of luck punting to dangerous return men such as Jacoby Jones in the AFC South.
DE-DT Trevor Guyton
While Trevor Guyton has yet to be drafted, he shouldn't have to wait long. There were three similar prospects taken in the second round, with Derek Wolfe going to Denver, Jerel Worthy to Green Bay and Devon Still to Cincinnati.
I expected Guyton to be taken in the third round, but high-production players such as Boise State's Tyrone Crawford (Dallas), Arkansas' Jake Bequette (New England) and Clemson's Brandon Thompson (Cincinnati), and lesser known prospects like University of Cincinnati's John Hughes (Cleveland) and Akiem Hicks, who played in Regina, Canada, and was drafted by New Orleans, came off the board before Guyton.
Fear not, Bears fans, Guyton offers a unique skill-set and projects as either a defensive end in a 3-4 or a pass-rushing defensive tackle in a 4-3. He has experience in both schemes
Teams that haven't addressed the position who could select him early in the fourth round include San Francisco, Baltimore, Houston, Washington or Kansas City. Also, never rule out a trade by another team.
WR Marvin Jones
As I've said on many occasions, whichever team drafts Marvin Jones will be getting a steal of a player. This mature senior not only ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, but showed great hands and leadership throughout his four seasons as a Golden Bear.
Unfortunately for Jones, multiple receivers jumped ahead of him in the third round. While Jones is a well-rounded prospect who's been favorably compared to Chad Ochocinco and Steve Johnson, receivers often drafted in the third round usually bring a single skill to a team, such as being strong returners, having a huge height advantage, being effective in the red zone, or being a good slot receiver.
Friday, receivers Ohio State's DeVier Posey (Houston), N.C. State's T.J. Graham (Buffalo), Rutgers' Mohammed Sanu (Cincinnati) and Florida International's Ty Hilton (Indianapolis) were selected ahead of Jones in the third round.
While many top receiver prospects remain, Jones certainly is near the top of the list and should expect to be drafted soon in the fourth round, perhaps to a team like the Redskins, Seahawks, Vikings or Cowboys.
While Mitchell Schwartz (37th to the Browns), Mychal Kendricks (46th to the Eagles) and Bryan Anger (70th to the Jaguars) have found their NFL homes, former Bears Trevor Guyton and Marvin Jones should expect to hear their names called early today.
Other Bears who could get a phone call today include safety Sean Cattouse, inside linebacker D.J. Holt and defensive end Ernest Owusu.
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