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James Looney drafted by the Packers in the seventh round, 232nd overall

Congrats to the talented D-Lineman and thanks for a great Cal career!

NCAA Football: California at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

James Looney has been drafted by Green Bay Packers in the seventh round, 232nd overall. Huge congrats to him and best of luck at the next level where he'll team with Aaron Rodgers!

Looney didn’t originally commit to the California Golden Bears, but rather transferred from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons after his freshman year; he transferred to be closer to his brother, Joe Looney, who was a guard for the 49ers at the time. Unfortunately for James, Joe bounced around a bit after that—but Cal was lucky enough to snag a talented, hard-working D-Lineman who would become one of the defensive leaders of the team.

After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Looney became an instant starter and ended up starting 35 games for the Bears over three years.

Though undersized, Looney was productive and disruptive throughout his time at Cal. He finishes his Cal career with 20 TFL and 128 tackles—and perhaps even more than that, he should feel exceedingly proud at the progress the defense made with him as a leader, culminating in a final strong season under new coach Justin Wilcox.

Looney performed well at the Combine, particularly in the agility drills (such as the 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump)—and he was notably the only lineman to finish in the top 10 in all drills. Looney’s best chance to succeed in the NFL is to use his quickness, release, and instincts to continue to be disruptive. His lack of bulk may make him vulnerable to the run game, but should serve him well as an interior pass rusher, perhaps on obvious passing downs.

Looney will likely be best remembered for his thunderous fourth-down stand against Utah, which delivered an upset win for Cal.