March 9, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comBERKELEY -- Cameron Jordan is one of the most versatile defensive linemen available in this year's draft.Jordan appears to have the kind of size, quickness and power that would suit the 17 teams that play 4-3 schemes, as well as the 15 teams that employ three-man lines on base downs.And do you want an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme? Well, Jordan probably isn't your man, but he's willing to try. There were no coaches in attendance at Cal's pro day, but scouts representing 25 NFL teams saw Jordan's agility as he dropped into coverage.
REWIND: Cal pro day, March 9
"Some of the drills I've never done before," Jordan said. "They asked me to do some linebacker drills. I'm down to do anything, really. It was a fun experience. If you give me a week or two, I could kill that drill. "
When asked if he could play outside linebacker, Jordan answered, "I feel like I could if you wanted me to. I'm willing to do anything."Jordan (6-4, 286 pounds) is not going to be an outside linebacker in the NFL. He is too valuable as a defensive lineman. His strong showing during the week of practices at the Senior Bowl seemed to ensure he will not fall into the second half of the first round.
Jordan, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Mike Mohamed and defensive back Chris Conte each participated in the NFL scouting combine earlier this month. Those four appear to be the only Cal players with legitimate chances to get drafted.And that's all Mohamed wants. After all, undrafted players will not be allowed to sign with teams after the draft until there's a new collective bargaining agreement."It's definitely a scary situation, especially for incoming rookies," Mohamed said. "There's a lot of uncertainty. Hope there's a deal done, so after the draft we can get football moving again."Kevin Riley, Keith Browner, Donovan Edwards, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Darian Hagan, Derrick Hill, Jerome Meadows, Jarred Price and Jeremy Ross also took part in the pro day.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.