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2018 NFL Draft: Which Bears will join the NFL?

Best of luck to our outgoing Bears.

2008 NFL Draft
Sources reporting that it is not currently 2008.
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The NFL Draft is taking place April 26–28. The California Golden Bears do not have any stellar prospects who are guaranteed to get their name called this year, so it wouldn’t be jaw-droppingly stunning if no Cal players get drafted, which would be the second time since 1986.

Here’s our list of our draft-eligible players:

  • Darius Allensworth, CB, #2
  • Jacob Anderson, S, #32
  • Matt Anderson, K, #9
  • Hamilton Anoa’i, LB, #11
  • Rusty Becker, DL, #90
  • Raymond Davison III, LB, #31
  • Devante Downs, LB, #1
  • Vic Enwere, RB, #23
  • Marloshawn Franklin Jr, CB, #18
  • Garrett Frum, LS, #46
  • De’Zhon Grace, S, #34
  • Fabiano Hale, RB, #34
  • J.D. Hinnant, OL, #77
  • James Looney, DL, #9
  • Tony Mekari, DL, #97
  • Chas Peterson, WR, #31
  • Luke Rubenzer, S, #8
  • Jordan Veasy, WR, #15

Looney was the only Bear who was invited to the NFL Combine, where he was the only defensive lineman to rank in the top ten in all workouts. Prior to that performance, he was graded as a seventh-round prospect or undrafted free agent, so we’ll see if his breakout workout changed any minds.

While Looney’s stock has risen, the opposite may have happened to one of this former teammates—Devante Downs was in the middle of a performance worthy of Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year when he had a season-ending injury. Did his stock drop when he wasn’t physically able to continue those eye-catching performances? Still, Downs did have a good performance at the Cal Pro Day (bench press in particular), as did Davison, Enwere, Franklin, and Veasy.

Good luck to these Bears and congrats to those moving onto the next level!