Saturday was rather stressful for Marvin Jones. The consensus third- or fourth-round pick did not get his name called until the fifth round, after 21 other receivers were chosen. No matter, Jones was delighted to be picked.
"Oh man, it was definitely crazy ... stressful," Jones said. "I went up and down with emotions. Initially, I was high on a lot of people's boards. That didn't work out for whatever reason. Regardless of what theories I have, it doesn't matter.
"I ended up in a great spot. I'm blessed for the opportunity. I just want to start my new life as a Cincinnati Bengal."
"The young talent says something about the direction they're going," Jones said. "They run a West Coast offense. Obviously, playing at Cal for four years, that's what I'm used to. I can come in and run every route and vie for a position."
Anger had an equally emotional phone call, but for the opposite reason! Expecting to be drafted sometime on day three, Bryan Anger was caught by surprise when he received the phone call on Friday.
On his reaction when he got the call
"I went kind of numb for a second. I got a call a couple picks before it and they asked me a couple questions and then said `congrats, we're going to take you with the next pick.' So my heart started racing a little bit. It finally came true. It's been a long process, and the process has been fun, but I was definitely ready to figure out where I was going. So it was nice."
After the jump we recap one of the most successful drafts in Cal history, as the Bears lead the Pac-12 with six picks.
- Cal enjoyed its second most productive draft in school history. The Bears led the Pac-12 with six players drafted.
- Mitchell Schwartz was the first Bear off the board. He is going to the Cleveland Browns to anchor the O-line with Alex Mack.
- Kendricks was also a second round choice and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly.com has insight on how the Iggles will make use of Kendricks.
- Not everyone in Jacksonville was pleased with how the Jags used their third-round pick.
- DJ Campbell and Trevor Guyton were the final Bears chosen. They're going to Carolina and Minnesota, respectively.
- Mel Kiper grades teams based on their draft choices. Kendricks helps the Eagles earn the highest grade in the league, Cleveland earns a B- as Kiper calls Schwartz a reliable, experience pick, but a "slight reach," and Jacksonville earns a C as Kiper disagrees with drafting Anger so soon. No other Cal players were mentioned.
- Of course, things were not over when the draft was done. Seven more Bears immediately signed on as free agents: Justin Cheadle to Kansas City, Ernest Owusu to Minnesota, Giorgio Tavecchio to San Francisco, Anthony Miller to Denver, Michael Calvin to Atlanta, DJ Holt to Washington, and Sean Cattouse to San Diego.
- Coach Blasquez takes BearTerritory.net on a tour through the SAHPC.
- The no. 1 Bears opened the series against UCLA with a 3-0 win.
- Cal shut out UCLA again in an 8-0 mercy victory.
- Members of the team talk about Bebe Wiggs, an adopted team member with pediatric cancer.
- Taylor Vincent talks about balancing her duties as catcher with her academic achievements as she works towards earning two degrees.
- In honor of the late Jill Costello, women's crew swept Stanford in the Big Row.
- The men's team also swept Stanford.
- The fifth-seeded Bears topped fourth-seed ASU in the MPSF semifinals. They came up short against top-seeded Stanford.
- CalBears.com has a q+a with junior center Dana Ochsner.
- CalBears.com interviews Tori Harrison.
- The Bears' late comeback against Oregon fell short. The Bears lost 14-11 in the MPSF semis.
- The men's team's regular season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to no. 5 UCLA. The Bears will learn their postseason fate on Tuesday.
- Several members of the women's team advanced in the Pac-12 Championships. Anett Schutting advanced to the singles championship while Tayler Davis and Laura Posylkin advanced to the doubles championship.