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Golden Bears in the NFL: Checking in with the 2020 NFL Draft class

Three Cal Bears were drafted, and we take a minute to check in with the former Berkeley greats

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 30 Redbox Bowl - Cal v Illinois Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2020 NFL Draft has had its dust settle. A record-breaking draft that saw three California Golden Bears drafted within its first six rounds.

Ashtyn Davis was selected by the New York Jets, Jaylinn Hawkins headed to the Atlanta Falcons and Evan Weaver is going to the Arizona Cardinals.

Reminder that Cardinals is OK, Cardinal is not.

With the 68th pick overall, the Jets took home the services of one of the most athletic, hard-working athletes in the entire draft class.

It’s safe to say this is a moment etched in the Davis Family memory book forever.

The praise was almost nonstop for Davis on all of the broadcasts including Louis Riddick above but also from Mel Kiper Jr. and the rest of the ESPN/NFL Network joint broadcast.

It’s easy to see why:

The praise didn’t stop there, though, as it seems the Jets staff was just as enamored with Davis. Here’s a candid behind-the-scenes moment with the Jets staff as they ‘add that dog’ to their defense.

Hawkins headed to the Falcons two rounds later, being nabbed with the 134th pick overall, Round 4’s 28th pick.

Kiper also had some terrific praise during the broadcast but perhaps the nicest thing said was the Falcons Twitter account just simply expressing the truth: Hawkins IS a Ball-Hawk.

If you can’t tell we were excited, or that the Falcons were excited for Hawkins, take it from his former teammates. Their level of excitement is palpable.

Hawkins new boss also had some incredible things to say about him as Atlanta’s GM Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons were fortunate enough to grab your Cal safety.

HYPE just about says it all:

So how about Weaver?

He had to wait just a bit longer than the rest of his teammates did to hear his name called, but he certainly had some strong feelings towards those who passed him by.

Well, the Cardinals made that franchise decision, selecting Weaver with the 202nd pick overall and in the sixth round.

He has a history of proving people wrong, and his new team certainly thinks he can continue that in the NFL.

We’re here for it all — congratulations once again to you three! Go make Berkeley proud!