April 27, 2012
Two former California football players have been taken thus far in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Two weeks ago, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz told BearTerritory.net that he had been having the most contact with the team that would turn out to be his eventual employers: the Cleveland Browns. He had spoken directly with Mike Holmgren multiple times about the team's needs, which included a wide receiver and a right tackle, and Holmgren all but promised that he would take the 6-foot-6, 313-pounder within the first two rounds, a promise he kept true to on Friday.
With the fifth pick of the second round on Friday evening, the Browns added to their stock of former Golden Bears, with Pro Bowl center Alex Mack now being joined by Schwartz on the line, and linebacker Scott Fujita on defense.
Soon after Schwartz was selected, the Philadelphia Eagles -- already stocked with former Cal talent in wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha and offensive lineman Mike Gibson -- picked up Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kendricks, with the 14th pick in the second round, 46th overall.