A SHOT AT THE NFL . . . While Menlo School grad Jerry Rice Jr. was not among those picked in the 2014 NFL Draft, his dream of following his famous father into the NFL is not over. The Baltimore Ravens will host Rice Jr. for a three-day tryout this weekend, a source told FOXSports.com. Rice Jr., a wide receiver, played for UNLV last season and finished with 11 passes for 86 yards, and had a touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Prior to 2013, Rice Jr. played for UCLA, where he had nine catches. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Rice participated in a San Francisco 49ers' local pro day, among 60 players looking to make an NFL roster. He reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical at UCLA's pro day. Rice told 49ers.com that he trains with his Hall of Fame father. "I'm trying to get in the door, front door, side window, I'm trying to jump in there," Jerry Rice Jr. told 49ers.com. "All I want is an opportunity, so that's what I'm working for right now." In other NFL news, the Green Bay Packers released former Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas.
NFL DRAFT . . . Stanford's Trent Murphy and Palo Alto High graduate Davante Adams are headed to professional football teams following their selections in the NFL Draft last Friday. Both players were chosen in the second round.
Murphy was selected 47th overall by the Washington Redskins. He was the 15th pick of the second round and was the first Stanford player selected in the draft. Adams, who led the nation with 24 touchdowns, 131 receptions and set a Fresno State record with 1,718 receiving yards, was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 53rd overall pick. He went No. 21 in the second round. Stanford had a record-tying six former players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, tying the mark previously set in 1972, 1975, 1985 and 2005. Stanford led all Pac-12 teams with its six draft selections. UCLA (5) and Oregon (4) followed with the conference seeing 34 selections in all. David Yankey was selected 145th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, the fifth pick of the fifth round.
Yankey became the third Cardinal and second offensive lineman selected in this year's draft, joining Trent Murphy and Cameron Fleming (New England).
Ed Reynolds was selected in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Tyler Gaffney was selected in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers, Ben Gardner was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 231st overall pick, and Shayne Skov was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent.
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