This is the 2nd of 5 previews of the Cal Golden Bears who could be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. Thanks for reading.
Next we preview Chris Conte, the guy who switched from CB to Safety his senior year, and will be drafted as a Safety, which is impressive.
This preview has recent news about him, then a bunch of different mock drafts, and finally my prediction as to where he’ll end up.
4. Chris Conte, California, 6-2, 197. A cornerback until 2010, Conte has the movement skills to play in the back half of the field. He also can tackle in the open field. He might not be the most instinctive safety, but he could develop into a very good player.
5.) Chris Conte, Cal – Conte is a corner turned safety that still plays the position a little too much like a corner. He is still developing his instincts at safety and will misread a play from time to time and find himself flat-footed and out of position. He has more than enough athleticism and should excel in coverage, but is never going to be a ball-hawk. He had just two interceptions in college despite playing behind an aggressive pass rush. He is a talented tackler, a good quality in a safety, but probably won’t be the type of developmental player the Bucs are looking for right now unless they plan on adding him purely for depth.
Okay, now let’s look at a lot of mock drafts to see what round Chris Conte will be drafted in and what team he will go to.
Round 6, Pick 34 (199) Chris Conte 6’2” 197 lbs. Free Safety California
The Chiefs are in desperate need for depth at safety more than any other position on defense. Afte Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, they have Jon McGraw, who’s serviceable, and Donald Washington, who’s not. Conte is a range-y free safety that plays smarter than most of his peers, much like Lewis.
Chris Conte has been rising up draft boards, like most of our Golden Bears, and could be drafted in the 4th round, but I think he will be drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 142nd pick (5th Round). Also, the Kansas City Chiefs are really interested in him and could pick him at the 135th pick (5th Round) and will definitely take him if he falls to their 6th Round Pick, which is 199.