Cal's Cameron Jordan went in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday.
The 6'4", the 290 lb. defensive end, was picked 24th by the New Orleans Saints. He definitely fills a need for the team. One of the Saints defensive linemen could be suspended after he was arrested in November on charges of domestic abuse and public intoxication.
Jordan was taken a little lower than most experts predicted. They thought he would go anywhere from 9th to 18th overall.
Jordan told the Mercury News, the number is not important, he was just happy to be selected.
"It was definitely eye-opening seeing how the draft works firsthand," Jordan told the Merc. "You always have some crazy things that happen. I don't pay too much attention to mocks anyway, so I'm just happy I'm here."
The Saints were happy he was there too.
Director of college scouting Rick Reiprish told the Merc, "We actually thought he was going to go a little higher. We were very surprised and nervous the last two or three picks before we got there because there were some people calling and asking if we wanted to trade up. We thought about trading up and in the end we tried to make a decision on what to do and sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make."
Jordan comes from a family familiar to pro football. He is the son of former Pro Bowl tight end Steve Jordan.