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The NFL lockout has complicated things for players who would ordinarily be signed immediately following the draft. Jeremy Ross and Derrick Hill were hoping to be two of those players.
"At first, it was tough," [Jeremy Ross] said. "Not being drafted hurt a lot. But I see the upside too."
He obviously would eventually like to find a team that needs receiving depth. In the meantime he'll stay in Berkeley and train. He'll get his degree this month.
The status of some hopefuls is complicated. Cal quarterback Kevin Riley came back from a knee injury that ended his season in November to take part in Cal's pro day. The market for quarterbacks, though, is especially grim because they need months of studying a playbook to get ready for training camp.
"It's definitely a little frustrating," Riley said. "You don't know what to do besides work out."
He said the Canadian Football League's BC Lions have contacted him, and he's receptive. "The CFL looks like a fun game," he said. "It looks like a quarterback's game with a wider and longer field and 12 guys." CFL rookie camps open in the first week of June.
The important thing is to think positively," Cal nose tackle Derrick Hill said.
The Oakland native has graduated and might start working with inner-city youth, something he's done for years. But he heard that pro teams were interested in him. And his NFL dream is still alive.
After the jump ESPN wraps up coverage of spring practice and Faraudo looks ahead to an altered 2011-2012 Pac-12 basketball landscape.
- Ted Miller wraps up coverage of Cal's spring ball. The Bears answered questions at RB and on defense, but the QB competition and Tedford-led offense might still be a work in progress when fall camp rolls around.
- Cal is 10th in Ted Miller's post-spring Pac-12 power rankings. It's tough to learn much about a team with closed practices says Uncle Ted.
- Isi Sofele earns "Best run" in Ted Miller's extensive list of Pac-12 spring superlatives.
- Tedford was in Fresno over the weekend talking to alumni and the local media.
- The Boston Herald learns more about Shane Vereen after a discussion with Ron Gould.
- Meanwhile New Orleans profiles Cameron Jordan to learn more about their first pick of the draft.
- JO reviews the performances of quarterbacks during spring ball.
- Faraudo looks ahead to the 2011-2012 Pac-12 landscape that is now without Klay Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Williams, and several other draft-hopefuls. Cal has three of the league's top six returning scorers, with Jorge Gutierrez leading the way. Faraudo projects that Cal, Arizona, UCLA, and UW (in no particular order) will be at the top of the conference next season.
- Faraudo breaks down a surprisingly newsworthy weekend of Pac-12 basketball.
- The Bears earned their 5th-consecutive postseason berth. They open the post-season May 19th as a 4-seed at the Arizona Regional.