Oct 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; California Golden Bears linebacker Khairi Fortt (11) dives to try to stop UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) during second quarter action at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: California linebacker Khairi Fortt to enter draft

From the “I did not see this coming” department, California Golden Bears linebacker Khairi Fortt said he’ll enter the NFL draft, according to Joe Schad.

Fortt racked up double-digit tackles in losses to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Arizona Wildcats but hasn’t been popping up on any mock drafts.

Bleacher Report NFL draft lead analyst and the master of the mock draft Matt Miller, thinks Fortt is making a mistake.

But his opinion differs from the anonymous scout who is quoted in SB Nation’s California Golden Blogs site.

“One NFL scout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, thinks the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Fortt has the makings of a solid NFL outside linebacker and could be ideal for a 3-4 defense. “He covers a lot of ground, from sideline to sideline,” the scout said. “He’s quick with good instincts. He’s a sure tackler.” The scout specified that Fortt “needs to work on his coverage ability” to become an every-down linebacker in the NFL but that “he has all the right tools.”

Fortt was a transfer from Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and after a 1-11 season could be looking to get out of town and pursue another challenge and make an NFL roster.

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