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It took a while for the Conte train to leave the station at Cal, but once it did, the SoCal product floored it. Conte earned a starting spot at strong safety as a senior in 2010 and finished the season as one of only three Golden Bears selected First Team, All Pac-10.

Today in Indy, Conte continued to roll, benching 225 lbs. 18 times, which tied him for the 13th best bench press showing among defensive backs. Conte also ranked as a top performer in the broad jump, leaping 10’7″, a distance good for 4th place among DBs.

CBS Sports’ Draft Scout currently has the former Bear projected as a 4th or 5th round draft pick.

If you’re a combine newbie, click here for info and video describing the workouts. My apologies for the guy that starts yakking as soon as the page opens. Turn him down if you must, but he actually says some helpful things after you get over the initial shock of his voice.

And represent they did, especially former Stanford wideout Ryan Whalen, who finished in the top 15 in every workout category except the 40 yard dash. Whalen’s numbers, in no particular order:

40 yard dash – 4.59 seconds
Vertical jump – 38.5″ (7th)
Broad jump – 10’3″ (tied for 14th)
3-Cone Drill – 6.67 seconds (10th)
20 yard shuttle – 4.09 seconds (6th)
60 yard shuttle – 11.21 seconds (9th)
Bench Press – 18 (tied for 11th, finishing one spot better than Alabama’s combine phenom, Julio Jones)

* (Ranking is in comparison to other WRs at the combine)

Not bad numbers for a guy that was a recruited walk-on at Stanford back in 2007.

Former Cardinal defensive back Richard Sherman wasn’t as impressive as Whalen, but he definitely held his own. Sherman’s highlights, also in no particular order:

Vertical jump – 38″ (5th)
Broad jump – 10’5″ (9th)
3-Cone Drill – 6.82 seconds (tied for 14th)

* (Ranking is in comparison to other DBs at the combine)

If you’re a combine newbie, click here for info and video describing the workouts. My apologies for the guy that starts yakking as soon as the page opens. Turn him down if you must, but he actually says some helpful things after you get over the initial shock of his voice.

Monday was the big day for linebackers and defensive linemen in Indianapolis and former Cal stars, Mike Mohamed and Cameron Jordan, proved they’re two of the best athletes in the nation.

Mohamed equaled Texas A&M’s Von Miller for the top time among linebackers in both the 3 cone drill (7.07) and 20-yard shuttle (4.00). Mohamed and Connecticut’s Scott Lutrus tied for second behind Miller at their position in the 60-yard shuttle (11.25) and Mohamed also finished 12th among linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.70) and broad jump (9’7”).

Jordan, meanwhile, tied for 7th among defensive lineman in the broad jump (9’9”) and 3 cone drill (7.07), while his 4.70 40-yard dash was good for 10th and his 4.37 20-yard shuttle tied for 10th.

The Cal website has the full story.

So well in fact, that most NFL scouts have Jordan following in Tyson Alualu’s footsteps, by getting picked up in the middle of the first round. Jordan and former Bear, Mike Mohammed, are doing the physical stuff today – bench press, vertical leap, etc. – so I’ll post results from their workouts as they come in.

Coming into the Combine, Vereen was a projected 4th round pick, but after running his two 40-yard sprints in the high 4.4s while putting up great numbers at the bench press and vertical leap, don’t be surprised to see him taken late in the 2nd or early in the 3rd round in next month’s NFL draft.

Former Cal defensive back, Chris Conte, works out on Tuesday.

For the full story on Jordan, Vereen, and the next potential Niners’ QB, click here.

With the 2011 NFL Combine getting underway on Thursday, it was time to catch up with former Stanford and Cal standouts, Owen Marecic and Shane Vereen.

Say it with me now, Muh-ree-sick, made headlines during the fall for starting at both fullback and linebacker for the Cardinal, not to mention sporting a mass of hair that made even Clay Matthews jealous. Sadly – or thankfully, depending on how you see it – the long blond ponytail is gone, donated to Locks of Love. And Marecic has also given up playing both ways, choosing instead to focus on the fullback position.


Vereen flew under the radar in 2010, due to Cal’s less than stellar season, but is expected to have little trouble following in the footsteps of former Cal runners Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch, and J.J. Arrington in making a name for himself at the next level.

Kate and Nick are stoked! The Giants opened Cactus League play today and the A’s follow suit on Sunday. Needless to say, the duo is talking baseball. After that, it’s a quick breakdown of the NFL labor negotiations, a Sharks and Warriors update, a WCC and PAC-10 basketball check-in, and a NASCAR wrap. And hey … did you hear? Cal Tech won a game! For the first time in 26 years! Yeah, and you thought the Cavs were bad. That’s all ahead on today’s That’s What She Said.

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