James Looney selected by Green Bay Packers in 7th round of 2018 NFL draft

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Another former member of Cal football will embark for the NFL, as defensive end James Looney was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round with the 232nd pick of the 2018 NFL draft.

Looney’s selection follows that of former teammate inside linebacker Devante Downs, who was also selected (225th) in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Looney, a two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention, ended his time at his Cal having recorded 8.0 sacks and 130 tackles over 36 career games. As a senior, Looney helped fortify one of the better Cal defenses in recent memory, recording career highs in sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (9.5).

The Lake Worth, Florida native was Cal’s sole representative at the 2018 NFL Combine, as well as one of 16 to participate in Cal’s Pro Day.

At the combine, Looney was the only member of his position group to finish in the top 10 of all measurable tests — 20-yard shuttle (4.37, second place), vertical jump (35.5, third place), three-cone drill (7.32, seventh place), broad jump (9’5”, tied for eighth) and bench press (28, tied for 10th).

“I feel like I showed myself this year; I played a three-four, felt like I put up pretty good production for my first year here with new coaching staff, so I feel very confident in my abilities,” Looney said at Pro Day.

Justice delos Santos is a Daily Cal Sports staffer. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @justdelossantos

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