One year after trying the center position for the first time, Cal's Brian Schwenke will get the chance to compete for the starting job with the Tennessee Titans.

Schwenke was the 10th player chosen in the fourth round on Day 3 of the NFL draft Saturday.

"They believe I can be the starting center next year -- that's what they told me," Schwenke said on a media teleconference. "The position isn't going to be handed to me. I have to earn it. I look forward to the challenge."

Meanwhile, Serra High grad David Bahktiari, an offensive tackle from Colorado, went to the Green Bay Packers with the 109th selection, and Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo was taken by the Atlanta Falcons at No. 133, the final pick of the fourth round.

In the fifth round, running back Stepfan Taylor, the leading rusher in Stanford history, was taken 140th overall by the Arizona Cardinals, and Cal cornerback Steve Williams went 145th to the San Diego Chargers.

In the sixth round, offensive tackle David Quessenberry became San Jose State's first player drafted since 2009 when he was taken 176th by the Houston Texans.

Schwenke, a 6-foot-3, 314-pound native of San Diego was moved from guard to center before his senior season and almost instantly took to the position.

"I'd never snapped a football. Now I feel more comfortable at center than I ever did at guard," said Schwenke, who earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors last fall.

"Tennessee just got the nastiest, toughest offensive linemen that I watched on tape all year long," ESPN's Todd McShay said.

"I think he's absolutely correct," Schwenke said. "I take pride in the way I play. I enjoy playing nasty and I think it makes the game of football fun. I think that's how it's supposed to be played."

Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford is convinced Schwenke is ready for the next level.

"He came in undersized, but he could always run and is very athletic," Tedford said. "He's very smart and highly competitive. And he's played two positions, which always helps."

Schwenke is the first Cal center drafted since the Cleveland Browns took Alex Mack in the first round in 2009, and the second center taken this year.

  • Quessenberry, who began his SJSU career as a non-scholarship walk-on, is the program's first offensive lineman drafted in 10 years.

    The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last fall, helping the Spartans to an 11-2 record, their most successful season ever.

    Quessenberry, who gained 60 pounds since arriving at SJSU from La Costa Canyon High, is viewed by NFL scouts as a player who also could play guard.

  • Taylor fueled Stanford's power running game by gaining more than 1,000 yards three consecutive seasons, the school's first player to do so. The Cardinal went 35-5 over that span, playing in a BCS bowl game each season.

    Taylor rushed for 1,530 yards as a senior last fall -- second-highest total in school history.

    The 5-foot-9, 214-pound running back rushed for exactly 4,300 yards in his Stanford career, scoring 40 touchdowns. He was a workhorse for the Cardinal, carrying the ball a total of 843 times and compiling 19 games of at least 100 yards.

  • Cal's Williams was a mild surprise as a fifth-round pick by the Chargers, the same team that selected wideout Keenan Allen in the third round Friday.

    His 4.34-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine turned heads and Williams is projected as perhaps a nickel back for the Chargers. "I'm a playmaker, I can tackle on the edge, I can make plays on the deep ball, I can intercept the ball."

    He's also excited to stay on the West Coast, close to his year-old daughter Lia, who lives with her mother in Oakland.

    A 5-9, 181-pounder, Williams totaled 80 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass deflections, and one forced fumble last fall, earning honorable mention all-Pac-12 honors.

  • Toilolo will get the chance to work alongside the NFL's greatest tight ends next season when he joins former Cal great Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta.

    "I'm beyond excited right now," Toilolo said in comments to Stanford. "I'll be able to learn from Tony Gonzalez, a future Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the position in the game. I can't wait to get out there to Atlanta, get to work and be a part of this team."

    An imposing player at 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, Toilolo is the second Stanford tight end taken in the 2013 draft. He and former Cardinal teammate Zach Ertz, who went to the Philadelphia Eagles with the third pick of the second round, form the first tight duo to be drafted from the same school since 1970.

    Toilolo caught 50 passes for 763 yards and 10 touchdowns in his Stanford career, averaging 15.3 yards per reception.

    Toilolo comes from a family familiar with the NFL -- uncles Dan Saleaumua, Edwin Mulitalo and Joe Salave'a all played in the league.

  • Bakhtiari is headed to the NFL from modest beginnings as an honorable mention all-West Catholic Athletic League performance as a senior at Serra.

    The Burlingame native was a surprise early entry into the NFL draft after enduring a 1-11 campaign as a junior at Colorado. Bakhtiari, 21, decided he'd rather give the NFL draft a shot than play for his third coach in five seasons at Colorado.

    Bahktiari is a two-time second-team all-Pac-12 selection whose older brother, Eric, has been released by NFL teams 14 times over the past six years.