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The Patriots have been "closely inspecting tight ends" and draft insider Tony Pauline urges fans of the team to "keep an eye on" Cal's Richard Rodgers.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior is a finesse, pass-catching TE. Interestingly, prior to the 2012 season, then-Cal HC Jeff Tedford picked the brain of Patriots HC Bill Belichick about how to better utilize his tight ends corps fronted by Rodgers. Rodgers' blend of athleticism and receiving skills has him ranked in the second tier of TE prospects behind Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) and Jace Amaro (Texas Tech).
Apr 22 - 5:10 PM

Campus Insiders' Rich Cirminiello reports that Cal junior LB Khairi Fortt had a visit with the Seahawks on Thursday.

Fortt originally played ball at Penn State, and then transferred to Cal after Penn State was hit with unprecedented sanctions. Fortt started the first nine games for the Golden Bears last season, with 64 tackles in his only year of action with Cal. The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Fortt is a projected to be a sixth or seventh-round pick in this years draft.
Apr 18 - 2:50 PM

California coach Sonny Dykes will work sophomore quarterback Jared Goff (shoulder) back slowly.

"We’ve got to be careful not to put too much on him and blow his arm out early," Dykes said Sunday. "We’re going to bring him along slowly, probably split reps early and see how he handles it, see how he feels, give him the occasional day off." Goff suffered a right shoulder injury against Stanford last season and underwent surgery in November. He purports to be 100 percent healthy. "I went through a throwing program as soon as I felt good enough to throw, which started a few months ago," Goff said.
Mar 31 - 9:14 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell mentions Cal's Richard Rodgers as a potential tight end sleeper.

Cosell compares Rodgers to the Redskins' Jordan Reed when the latter came out of Florida. Rodgers is "bigger than Reed, but maybe not quite as athletic." Cosell believes he'd be used in a similar way in the pros as a finesse, pass-catching TE, a subset of NFL player that is increasing in value. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior ranked third on the Bears in receptions (39) and receiving yards (608). Rodgers' dad, Richard Rodgers Sr., was part of The Play in the 1982 Big Game.
Mar 19 - 7:07 PM

Cal DL DeAndre Coleman ran his pro day forty in the mid-4.9s, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Coleman also looked good in drills, per Pauline. The Cal Bear was lost in the shuffle at the Senior Bowl and will likely be a third day selection, but he offers a large five technique frame (6'5/300 lbs), which some might call "upside."
Mar 19 - 10:55 AM

The Patriots worked out California K VIncenzo D'Amato on Tuesday.

The Giants have also displayed interest, reports Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. D'Amato, a national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, converted 17 of 20 field goal attempts this past season and collected a career-high 20 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs. Whether he sneaks into the draft's third day or not, he'll be in a camp this summer.
Mar 6 - 6:47 PM

California Athletics Director Sandy Barbour ripped Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema for referencing the death of DE Ted Agu to make a point about slowing the tempo of offenses to protect player health.

When asked to provide evidence that fast-tempo offenses endanger players, Bielema said, "Death certificates," alluding to Agu's death earlier this month. "Bret Bielema's comments about our Ted Agu are misinformed, ill-advised and beyond insensitive," Barbour said, adding: "Using the tragic loss of one of our student athletes as a platform to further a personal agenda in a public setting is beyond inappropriate." Bielema has since apologized, saying: "My comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Agu family, Coach Sonny Dykes and to the University of California family."
Feb 22 - 6:19 PM

Cal senior-to-be DE Ted Agu passed away Friday after collapsing during a conditioning workout.

"Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed." Agu had worked his way up from walk-on status to earn a scholarship from Dykes last March.
Feb 7 - 4:15 PM

Cal junior RB Brendan Bigelow will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Apparently no one wants to stay at Cal. This is the fifth non-senior that has declared for the Bears, a team that went 1-11. Bigelow has a history of knee injuries, but he flashed long speed in specific situations.
Jan 16 - 9:20 AM

California junior DT Viliami Moala will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, reports Scout.com's Ryan Gorcey.

Moala is the third Bear defender to jump to the pros early this winter, joining linebacker Khairi Fortt and cornerback Kameron Jackson. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Moala is a former top recruit who didn't play up to his ability during his first two years on campus. He flashed potential in spurts this past season, collecting 37 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, but wasn't nearly consistent enough to be confident in his draft stock. He's a late-round pick at best.
Jan 10 - 8:41 PM

Cal junior LB Khairi Fortt will enter the NFL draft.

Fortt is a Penn State transfer and left the school at the same time as Silas Redd. "One NFL scout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, thinks the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Fortt has the makings of a solid NFL outside linebacker and could be ideal for a 3-4 defense," Kristian Dyer writes.
Source: Metro US
Jan 4 - 1:21 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline expects Khairi Fortt to declare for the NFL draft.

"Latest word is Fortt has people close to him vetting agents to prepare for the jump," Pauline writes. Fortt is a Penn State transfer and left the school at the same time as Silas Redd.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Cal junior TE Richard Rodgers has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Contra Costa Times reported that Rodgers signed with an agent, meaning his college eligibility is over. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior ranked third on the Bears in receptions (39) and receiving yards (608). Rodgers' blend of athleticism and receiving skills should get him slotted into the draft's second tier of tight ends behind Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) and Jace Amaro (Texas Tech). Cal teammate CB Kameron Jackson declared for the draft on Christmas Eve. Rodgers' dad, Richard Rodgers Sr., was part of The Play in the 1982 Big Game.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Cal junior CB Kameron Jackson stated he will enter the NFL draft.

We have not spotlighted Jackson, so it is difficult to comment on his situation. Expect many of Cal's players to declare for the draft following a poor season.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Cal senior DL DeAndre Coleman accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl.

The mammoth 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is a likely third-day selection. Coleman's versatility is as prized as his frame, as he has experience in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Coleman led the Golden Bears in tackles for loss with a career-high 9.0 in 2013. He briefly considered bolting for last year's NFL Draft, but made the right call in returning to school.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:30:00 PM


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