The California Golden Bears had two players selected in the final round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Defensive back Elijah Hicks was selected by the Chicago Bears and outside linebacker Cameron Goode was selected by the Miami Dolphins.
Goode was first to have his name called at No. 224. Goode started in 37 games and posted 21.5 sacks in his Cal career. Miami had only four total picks with Goode being the only edge player in their draft class. They use their first draft pick, a third-rounder, on Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall.
Thirty picks later, Cal had its second draft pick announced. Hicks was selected with the No. 254 overall pick in the seventh round by the Bears.
In an interview with Cal media, he said the Chicago general manager called him to deliver the news.
Hick said, “I was kind of in shock when he said it. I was like, ‘Dang, finally.’ I’m super thankful. Everything after he was saying after ‘Are you ready to be a Bear?’ kind of just went in one ear and out the other. I was just excited and ready to go.
“The Bears, I did a 30 visit with them. I knew the coaches and I had a good feeling that they liked me a lot. So I was just hoping that maybe they would pick me up. So I’m glad they took a chance on me.”
Not only will Hicks not have to get used to a new team mascot, he can also expect similarities in the playbook too.
“With the Bears specifically, it’s similar schemes,” Hicks said. “I was able to talk to the coaches about it on my 30 visit and talk to my coaches about it too saying they do similar things. Cal has prepared me for this next level with all the different position coaches and Coach Wilcox. I’m just excited and want to show what I can do.”
The Chicago Bears had 11 total picks, including two second-round picks both also used on defensive backs. They selected Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon at No. 39 and Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker at No. 48.