Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Contra Costa Times: Cal football players gear up for pro day

Scouts from around the NFL will descend on Memorial Stadium this morning for Cal's annual pro timing day, in which pro prospects work out for the league's personnel evaluators in an attempt to improve their draft stock.  Almost all of the Bears' graduating seniors, and early entry candidate Jahvid Best, will be on hand to audition in the weight room and on the field. Scouts will measure the players' strength and athleticism as they put them through a series of drills. Some players also could be asked to go through "Chalk Talk" sessions, in which they break down film and demonstrate their football acumen.  It will be another important evaluation for Best, Cal's former star running back who decided to leave school after his junior season. Best demonstrated he is fully recovered from season-ending back and head injuries by putting up the fastest time among running backs in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine (4.35). He also led all running backs in the 3-cone drill (6.75).

While players such as Best, defensive end Tyson Alualu and cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson appear to be locks to be drafted, pro day can help others open some eyes to at least get a look in training camp. Players such as wide receivers Nyan Boateng and Verran Tucker and linebackers Eddie Young and Devin Bishop are some of the players who will be attempting to do that.

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