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Cal CB Camryn Bynum opts for 2021 NFL Draft

Bynum is headed for the NFL as opposed to the uncertainty behind a potential 2021 spring football season in the Pac-12

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The California Golden Bears football team will be without one of their top players whenever the 2021, née 2020, football season begins. Redshirt-senior cornerback Camryn Bynum has opted out of the 2020-21 season and is now preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft instead of preparing for a college football season that is followed by uncertainty.

Bynum thanked the Cal fans with a terrific video, short enough to leave us wanting more, but long enough to describe what the indescribable qualities are that made him such a lovable Cal defender. Bynum finishes his Cal career with 38 consecutive starts and 169 tackles. He recorded five interceptions, 27 pass breakups and 32 passes defended.

For three straight seasons, from 2017-2019, Bynum led the Cal defense in both pass breakups and passes defended. That speaks volumes to his ability from a defense that held current New York Jets rookie safety Ashtyn Davis.

He’ll now turn his attention to the NFL where he enters a pool of talented defensive backs in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In recent mock drafts at the end of August by Dalton Miller and Pro Football Network, Bynum was selected with the 94th and the 99th picks, respectively.

Bynum is projected to be one of the highest Cal draft picks this offseason, and would likely be joined by Kuony Deng, Jake Curhan, Michael Saffell and Cameron Goode. Former Cal interior defender Luc Bequette, who transferred to Boston College, is likely to hear his name called as well.

Congratulations on the decision, Camryn! We’ll be hoping for nothing but the best.

Go show the league what’s up!