Cal's Jordan selected by Saints with 24th pick

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Cal's Jordan selected by Saints with 24th pick

April 28, 2011

NFL DRAFT-TRACKER: CAL
CSNBayArea.com staff

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.

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

BOX SCORE

What looked like a no-brainer win for the Warriors over the Jazz for most of the contest, turned out to be a game too close for true comfort late. 

Still, Golden State overcame a surge by Utah to pick up the victory -- their second straight of the five-game road trip. 

Stephen Curry scored 25 points to lead all Warriors scorers -- four others scored in double figures. 

 

Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

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Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele was questionable to play Thursday night’s game at Kansas City with a knee sprain.

His knee is doing just fine, thank you.

Even still, Osemele wasn’t ready to play. He was a late scratch due to an illness, which sapped him to the point he couldn’t go.

Osemele was listed about the Raiders inactives, announced shortly before kickoff.

That creates a huge void in the offensive line – the Raiders run best between Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn – that will be filled by rookie Vadal Alexander.

Alexander is an aggressive player and a good run blocker, but he isn’t on Osemele’s level. Not having the high-priced player could hinder the Raiders offensive line, which must remain strong for the attack to operate well. The Raiders have allowed a league-low 13 sacks this season. 

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was questionable with an ankle injury, but wasn’t quite ready to play this game. This marks his second contest missed with injury.

Strong safety Karl Joseph was ruled out earlier in the week with a toe injury. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Stacy McGee are also inactive.