Cal Football: 2019 NFL Draft Likely to be a Golden Bear-Free Zone

Quarterback Jared Goff, above, shared a special moment with his family after being picked No. 1 overall in 2016 draft

Cal has a rich history on NFL Draft day.

Twenty-seven Golden Bears have been taken in the first round, dating back to linebacker Les Richter, chosen No. 2 overall in 1952.

Most recently, quarterback Jared Goff went No. 1 overall to the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.

But this year, for the third straight year, Cal will not have a player chosen on Day 1 of the draft. The Bears haven't had a player selected in the first three rounds since quarterback Davis Webb went in the third round in 2017.

Most projections this year suggest Cal will be bypassed altogether in the 2019 NFL draft.

Plenty of former Golden Bears are likely to sign free-agent, training-camp contracts after the draft ends Saturday, including possibly linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk, running back Patrick Laird and tight end Ian Bunting.

(Check out Kunaszyk's 40-yard dash here.)

Round 1 of the draft will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Rounds 2 and 3 go on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes will televise all three days.

CAL PLAYERS PICKED IN THE FIRST ROUND

1952 – Les Richter – LB (New York Yanks, 2)

1953 – John Olszewski – RB (Chicago Cardinals, 4)

1965 – Craig Morton – QB (Dallas, 6)

1972 – Sherman White – DE (Cincinnati, 2)

1975 – Steve Bartkowski – QB (Atlanta, 1)

1976 – Chuck Muncie – RB (New Orleans, 3)

1977 – Ted Albrecht – OL (Chicago, 15)

1981 – Rich Campbell – QB (Green Bay, 6)

1984 – David Lewis – TE (Detroit, 20)

1988 – Ken Harvey – LB (Phoenix, 12)

1993 – Sean Dawkins – WR (Indianapolis, 16)

1994 – Todd Steussie – OL (Minnesota, 19)

1996 – Regan Upshaw – DE (Tampa Bay, 12

1996 – Duane Clemons – LB (Minnesota, 16)

1997 – Tony Gonzalez – TE (Kansas City, 13

1997 – Tarik Glenn – OL (Indianapolis, 19)

2000 – Deltha O’Neal – CB (Denver, 15)

2001 – Andre Carter – DE (San Francisco, 7)

2003 – Kyle Boller – QB (Baltimore, 19

2003 – Nnamdi Asomugha – CB (Oakland, 31)

2005 – Aaron Rodgers – QB (Green Bay, 24)

2007 – Marshawn Lynch – RB (Buffalo, 12)

2009 – Alex Mack – OL (Cleveland, 21)

2010 – Tyson Alualu – DL (Jacksonville, 10

2010 – Jahvid Best – RB (Detroit, 30)

2011 – Cameron Jordan – DL (New Orleans, 24)

2016 – Jared Goff – (Los Angeles Rams, 1)

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