Three Bears Selected in the 2010 NFL Draft

Photo: <b>Jahvid Best</b>, the 30th-overall pick, was one of three Bears taken in the 2010 NFL Draft along with Tyson Alualu and Syd'Quan Thompson.
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Jahvid Best, the 30th-overall pick, was one of three Bears taken in the 2010 NFL Draft along with Tyson Alualu and Syd'Quan Thompson.

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Tyson Alualu never thought he'd be selected over Jahvid Best.

Most mock drafts did not have either of them going in the first round.

And that's why they are called "mock" drafts.

With a pick that shocked the nation and set a precedent for an unpredictable draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alualu with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Best was selected 30th overall by the Detroit Lions. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson was picked in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos to round out Cal's 2010 draft class.

"We're proud to have three players selected in the NFL Draft this season, including two in the first round and six in the first round in the last eight years," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "I would like to think it means that we're recruiting talented players to the Cal football program that continue to develop their football skills once they are here at Cal."

Four other Cal players­-Chet Teofilo, Mike Tepper, Verran Tucker and Brett Johnson-signed free agent contracts after the draft's conclusion. Teofilo, Tepper and Tucker signed with the Dallas Cowboys while Johnson signed with the Buffalo Bills. Safety Marcus Ezeff arranged a tryout with the New York Jets.

Despite only having three players selected, Cal was one of seven schools to have two or more players called in the first round. The Bears were also the only Pac-10 team to have a player called on the draft's first day.

Both Alualu and Best should see the field immediately.

Jacksonville's staff is said to like Alualu's versatility, he will probably play on the interior defensive line to start, but may seem some snaps at defensive end as well.

Perhaps more than any other player, Alualu benefited from his performances after the 2009 Cal season completed. The Hawaii native's dominating Senior Bowl performance, which included a sack of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, and his reputation as a "high-character guy" skyrocketed his previously lukewarm stock.

He may have been the second player selected by the Lions (Detroit took Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick), but Best has Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz excited. Very excited.

"Some people watch adult videos on their computer," Schwartz said in an interview with Yahoo's Michael Silver. "I go to YouTube and watch Jahvid Best highlight clips. That's what gets me aroused."

Best was considered one of three elite running backs in this year's draft class (Clemson's C.J. Spiller and Fresno State's Ryan Mathews were the others), and after both Spiller and Mathews were selected in the first 13 picks, Detroit traded up to assure that Best would not be snagged.

Thompson's stock fell because of nagging injuries that kept him out of the Senior Bowl, but he adds depth to an already established Bronco secondary. Thompson's measurables and 40-yard dash time scared some teams away, but his toughness and experience-he is Cal's all-time leader with 52 games started-should help his quest to rise up the Denver depth chart.

"Syd'Quan is one of the toughest players I have ever coached and the fact that he set a school record by starting all 52 games possible while at Cal proves that toughness," said Tedford. "He relishes the personal battles that cornerbacks engage in with wide receivers on a regular basis during a football game."


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