April 28, 2011
NFL DRAFT-TRACKER: CAL
Cal's defensive end Cameron Jordan was selected with the 24th overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
Over his career at Cal, he played in 50 of 51 possible games, and was an honorable mention All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2010.
"I'm very proud of Cameron," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "He had a great career at Cal. It's nice to see him take the next step and be another first-round pick for the Bears, which says a lot about our program. I'm really happy for him, and I know he's going to be successful at the next level."
Jordan, son of former Pro Bowl playerSteve Jordan, had 62 tackles, 12.5 stops for loss and 5.5 sacks whileforcing three fumbles as a senior. He was a first-team Pac-10 selectionlast year.
Jordan was a combine invite. The 287-pound versatile defensive lineman ran the 40 in 4.74 seconds and ripped off 25 225-pound bench reps.
Jordan's father Steve Jordan played 12 years in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.
New Orleans finished tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks last season and did not get consistent pressure from starting ends Will Smith (5.5 sacks) and Alex Brown (two sacks). After winning the Super Bowl, the Saints went 11-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Seattle.New Orleans passed on Clemsondefensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation with 15.5 sacks, andAlabama running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner.
The selections of Jordan and Tyson Alualu in 2010 as the 10th overallpick by the Jacksonville Jaguars mark the first time the Bears have haddefensive linemen chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft inback-to-back seasons.The Associated Press contributed to this report.