NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BAY AREA
More than a dozen Bay Area products could be selected in the NFL draft this week. The list of potential draftees includes local college players and prospects who grew up in the area but attended college elsewhere. Note: Undrafted players cannot sign free agent contracts until there is a new collective bargaining agreement.
Player Position Projected Round
Cameron Jordan DE 1 Wowed scouts at Senior Bowl with effort, maturity and talent. Could be a top-10 pick.
Chris Conte S 3-4 Excelled at safety after spending years at cornerback. Versatility increases his value.
Shane Vereen RB 3-4 Good combination of breakaway speed, elusiveness and power. Plus, he's durable.
Mike Mohamed LB 5-6 All-conference performer but not an elite athlete. Plays a low-value position.
Jeremy Ross WR 7/Free agent Not a consistent producer, but impressive draft workouts make him an intriguing prospect.
Others: LB Keith Browner, OG Donovan Edwards, C Chris Guarnero, CB Darian Hagan, S Bryant Nnabuife and QB Kevin Riley.
Player Position Projected Round
Sione Fua DT 2-4 The 310-pound run stopper is one of top interior line prospects available.
Richard Sherman CB 4-5 Moved from receiver in '09. Skills must be sharpened, but good size (6-foot-3).
Owen Marecic FB 5-7 Average athleticism and off-the-chart intangibles. Fullback isn't high-priority position.
Ryan Whalen WR 5-7 Lacks elite speed but productive (140 receptions) and catches the ball in traffic.
Derek Hall OT 6-7 Converted defensive lineman started at tackle in '10. Could have a long NFL career.
Tom Keiser LB 6-7/Free agent Surprised many by passing up senior season. Best fit probably as an OLB in 3-4.
Others: LB Chike Amajoyi, WR Doug Baldwin, C Chase Beeler, LS Zach Nolan, G Andrew Phillips, TE Konrad Reuland, S Taylor Skaufel and K Nate Whitaker.
SAN JOSE STATE
No SJSU players are projected to be drafted.
Others: OG Ailao Eliapo, QB Jordan La Secla and OG Isaac Leatiota.
Player Hometown College Pos. Round
Stephen Paea Los Altos Oregon State DT 1-2 Immovable run stopper attended HS in Utah but considers Los Altos his hometown.
Mason Foster Seaside Washington LB 2-3 Tackling machine (12.6 per game, 2nd in nation) with instincts and athleticism.
Taiwan Jones Antioch Eastern Washington RB 3-4 Foot injury has healed: 40-yard dash time was sub-4.4 seconds.
Roy Helu Danville Nebraska RB 4-5 Rushed for 1,245 yards last year. Must improve decisiveness and pass blocking.
Winston Venable San Rafael Boise State S 7/FA All-conference pick lost 10 pounds to get faster. May not be enough.
Others: TE Chris Blohm (Yale/San Francisco), RB Chizzy Dimude (Hawaii/Hayward), OG Sifa Etu (Arkansas State/Hayward), S DeJon Gomes (Nebraska/Hayward), WR Jamel Hamler (Fresno State/San Leandro), QB Kyle Havens (Massachusetts/Concord), WR Adrian Hilburn (Kansas State/San Francisco), DE Ernest Lawson (San Diego State/Vallejo), CB Brian Logan (BYU/Fremont), QB Jeremiah Masoli (Mississippi/San Francisco), LB Caleb McKenzie (Adams State/Oakland), CB Sterling Moore (SMU/Oakland), TE Aaron Simmons (Arizona/Oakland), RB Seth Smith (New Mexico State/Oakland), TE NaDerris Ward (Central Washington/Oakland).