When Marvin Jones finally was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, the former Cal wide receiver couldn't help but feel as if it were destiny.

After a 31/2-hour wait, Marvin Lewis Jones received a phone call from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

"What cooler name is there than Marvin Lewis?" Jones said after being the 166th overall pick. "I was like, 'I love your name.' Something is up there. It probably was destined."

Earlier, Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a graduate of Irvington High in Fremont, became the first Bay Area player chosen on Day 3 of the draft. Turbin went to the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick.

In the seventh round, Cal safety D.J. Campbell was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the 216th overall pick, and Cal defensive end Trevor Guyton went three spots later to the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones' stock seemed to rise during predraft events, including the Senior Bowl all-star game, where he caught a touchdown pass, and the scouting combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds.

But 22 wide receivers were picked before his namesake phoned.

"Oh man, it was definitely crazy ... stressful," Jones said. "I went up and down with emotions. Initially, I was high on a lot of people's boards. That didn't work out for whatever reason. Regardless of what theories I have, it doesn't matter.

"I ended up in a great spot. I'm blessed for the opportunity. I just want to start my new life as a Cincinnati Bengal."

Jones, the first receiver from Cal to be drafted since the Philadelphia Eagles took DeSean Jackson in the second round in 2008, said he's excited to be part of a young offense that last year featured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and wideout A.J. Green.

"The young talent says something about the direction they're going," Jones said. "They run a West Coast offense. Obviously, playing at Cal for four years, that's what I'm used to. I can come in and run every route and vie for a position."

Jones, listed at 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds, caught 62 passes for 846 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2011, giving him career totals of 156 receptions for 2,270 yards and 13 TDs.

Turbin rebounded from ACL knee surgery that cost him the entire 2010 season to rush for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior last fall. He had eight 100-yard rushing games and was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Called "a powerhouse runner" by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder will be an excellent complement to starter Marshawn Lynch, the Cal product who rushed for 1,204 yards last season. The Seahawks had no other runner with even 250 rushing yards.

At the scouting combine, where he ran a 4.5 time for 40 yards, Turbin said he's determined to succeed in the NFL no matter where he was drafted.

"I've been proving myself my entire life,'' said Turbin, who rushed for 3,315 career yards at Utah State. "I'm very used to it, and I'm very open to it. It doesn't get me down or bother me or get me angry. I love playing football."

Bob Spain, his coach at Irvington and now the coach at Dougherty Valley in San Ramon, has no doubts Turbin will deliver in the NFL.

"Someone is going to make a phenomenal pick in this draft, and they're going to get a true steal," Spain said. "Kids like that, I mean, it's a once-in-a-lifetime coaching experience."

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