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Chris Conte

| | College: California
 
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Overview

Having spent the first three seasons of his career at California as a reserve cornerback, Conte's emergence last season as a first-team All Pac-10 free safety surprised many scouts. So too, did his physical, reliable play despite the relative in-experience.

Conte has prototypical size and good athleticism overall for the position and proved to be a very reliable open-field tackler as Cal's last line of defense.

Pessimists will argue that he's only been successful one season. Optimists will point out that it was his first year at the new position and that his blend of size and athleticism should translate into a more productive NFL career than the one he had in college. In a weak year for safeties, Conte's upside could ultimately earn him a top 100 grade.

Analysis

Positives: A former cornerback with good balance, agility and speed for coverage. Improving instincts for the position, showing better awareness as he gained more experience. Reads the quarterback's eyes and has the range to get to the sideline. Long arms and good timing to break up the pass. Reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down in space and can make the one-on-one stop against the smaller, quicker athletes. Takes good angles in pursuit.

Negatives: Developing instincts. Will take a false step toward the line of scrimmage when he reads run and can be caught out of position on play-action. Adequate ball skills. Has only two interceptions over his career. Has only one season as a starter and played behind an aggressive pass-rush.

--Brad Noel

Career Notes

Played in 50 of 51 possible games and made 17 starts during his four seasons at Cal from 2007-10 … compiled career totals of 157 tackles (98 unassisted, 59 assisted), 4.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), two interceptions (no return yards), 11 pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, three kick returns for 55 yards (18.3 ypr) and one blocked punt that returned six yards for a touchdown.

2010 Season

Had the biggest season of his collegiate career as a senior, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors while making 12 of his 17 career starts … ranked third on the team with 72 tackles and No. 23 in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.0 stops per game heading into the final game to be played by a Pac-10 team (Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game) … also added 2.0 tackles for loss, an interception, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, two kick returns for 41 yards and the team's only blocked kick of the season on an Arizona State punt attempt, which he returned six yards for his first career touchdown … recorded career highs of 16 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) at USC … posted seven or more tackles on seven occasions, adding eight tackles at Arizona and at Oregon State, as well as seven at Nevada and vs. Oregon, Stanford and Washington … had the lone forced fumble of his career and his only interception of the season (second of his career) in back-to-back contests at Arizona and vs. UCLA … had one pass breakup each vs. Arizona State, at Oregon State and vs. Oregon, adding 0.5 tackles for loss against the Ducks.

2009 Season

Played in all 13 games with one start, when he was in for the opening defensive snap vs. Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl … finished the season with 25 tackles and one pass breakup … had his most productive statistical game of the campaign vs. Washington State when he recorded five tackles … also had four tackles and his lone pass breakup of the campaign in the previous contest at UCLA, while picking up three stops at Arizona State and vs. Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl when he also had the lone kick return of his career that he returned 14 yards … named the nation's No. 45 cornerback in the preseason by Phil Steele.

2008 Season

A reserve cornerback who played in 12 games with one start coming at USC … played primarily in passing situations, finishing the season with 28 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards), one interception and seven pass breakups to rank No. 18 in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.58 per game … best performance came vs. Colorado State, when he finished with a season-high eight tackles and had a career-high-tying two pass breakups … also had five stops both vs. Stanford and in the Emerald Bowl against Miami, Fla., when he also equaled a career-best with a pair of pass breakups … recorded a five-yard tackle for loss among his three tackles at Oregon State … picked off a Rudy Carpenter pass vs. Arizona State … had a single pass breakup in three consecutive contests vs. UCLA, vs. Oregon and at USC … broke a thumb vs. Stanford and missed the regular-season finale vs. Washington.

2007 Season

Played in all 13 games with three starts, recording 32 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards) and a fumble recovery … earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and Scout … recorded a season-high 10 tackles in his starting debut vs. Washington State … recorded five tackles and recovered a fumble the following contest vs. USC … added four tackles against Louisiana Tech and three at Colorado State … recorded the most tackles by a true freshman at Cal since Donnie McCleskey had 45 in 2002.

High School

Listed at No. 21 among the best safeties in the nation by Rivals and No. 64 according to Scout … Rivals also placed him as the No. 35 overall player in California … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep … recorded 58 tackles with four interceptions as a senior, while catching 43 passes for 614 yards and five touchdowns on offense … had 38 tackles and a pair of interceptions from his safety spot for a CIF Division I championship team during his 2005 junior campaign.

Personal

Full name is Christopher Michael Conte … born February 23, 1989 … parents are Mark and Anne Conte … major is American Studies.

 
 
Latest News
03/15/2011 - Cal Pro day: Among the other 16 players to work out in front of 30 scouts from 15 NFL teams, there were a few notables: Safety Chris Conte (6-2 5/8, 199) ran 4.55 seconds twice in the 40-yard dash and did position workouts. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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