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Patriots selected UCLA OT Conor McDermott with the No. 211 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

McDermott (6’8/307) made 32 starts at UCLA, dabbling at tight end before settling in at left tackle and earning second-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a junior and senior. McDermott is blessed with long arms (34 3/4") and massive hands (11"), and passable, 42nd-percentile athleticism. It remains worrisome that McDermott was dominated in his 2016 matchup with Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, surrendering 11 QB pressures in that game alone. A waist bender lacking power and vulnerable to the bull rush, McDermott is a long shot to develop into a viable NFL starter.
Apr 29 - 5:09 PM

Titans selected UCLA LB Jayon Brown with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Brown (6’0/231) succeeded Myles Jack at middle linebacker, making 21 starts and tallying nine career tackles for loss with 15 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. Brown led the Pac 12 in tackles (119) as a senior, earning first-team all-conference recognition. Severely undersized for an NFL linebacker, Brown’s calling cards are his stingy coverage skills and extensive special teams background. With adequate 4.67 speed, Brown has some potential to become a Wesley Woodyard-type player.
Apr 29 - 2:34 PM

Raiders selected UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Vanderdoes (6’3/305) arrived at UCLA as the nation’s No. 1 defensive line recruit, yet battled repeated knee, foot, and weight problems, managing 12.5 career tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Vanderdoes ballooned north of 350 pounds at times before dropping weight during the pre-draft phase. Nonetheless physically gifted, Vanderdoes tested as a top-four athlete among defensive linemen at February’s Combine. While Vanderdoes has always been long on potential, he hasn’t realized it since high school. He could become a plus starter or fall out of the league before his rookie contract is up.
Apr 28 - 10:48 PM

Redskins selected UCLA CB Fabian Moreau with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Moreau (6’1/206) made 40 starts in UCLA's secondary, managing 4.5 career tackles for loss and three interceptions and only earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a fifth-year senior. Following a nondescript college career, Moreau used the Combine as a springboard with 99th-percentile athletic results, including 4.35 jets and springy vertical (38") and broad (11’4") jumps. Moreau is flush with traits, but he missed most of 2015 with a Lisfranc fracture and tore his pectoral during the pre-draft phase. Moreau is a wildcard who could conceivably become a big-time NFL corner or flame out in a few years.
Apr 28 - 10:28 PM

Falcons selected UCLA OLB Takk McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Falcons traded the Nos. 31, 95 and 249 for the right to move up five spots. McKinley (6’2/250) spent three years at UCLA after transferring from JUCO, starting the final two and racking up 29 tackles for loss with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted McKinley with only two missed tackles over his final two seasons. A high school track star, McKinley ripped up the forty (4.64) in Indy, also impressing in the broad jump (10’2") and measuring in with vine-line arms (34 ¾"). McKinley is presently recovering from shoulder surgery, but his long-term pass-rush potential is mouth-watering.
Apr 27 - 11:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that there is a belief that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) may have to start the season on the non-football injury list.

Should McKinley not be healthy enough to start the season -- he underwent surgery after the Combine to repair a torn labrum and a glenoid fracture -- a stay on the NFI list would rule him out for the first six games of the 2017 season. It is not a given that he will be sidelined, though, as according to Rapoport, "some believe he has a chance to be ready for the season." McKinley could potentially fall off the board as early as the back-end of Thursday's first round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 4:59 PM

The MMQB's Peter King states the Colts and new GM Chris Ballard are "desperate" for a pass rusher and linked them to one in the first round.

Some might be surprised to hear that, since the Colts added Jabaal Sheard, John Simon and Barkevious Mingo in free agency. However, each of those contracts can be whittled down to short term deals, meaning the colts need a mainstay on the outside. Ballard comes from the Chiefs, where they deployed Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford. We buy the first round love and think Tyus Boswer or Charles Harris or Takk McKinley in round two make sense.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 25 - 10:57 AM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that UCLA T Connor McDermott is "unassuming and gets his job done."

"He’s a better athlete than you realize. He’s like Nate Solder. He won’t go that high but he plays like that. He could be a starter," the scout said. These are complimentary enough words, but there is legitimate concern as to whether the 6-foot-8, 307-pounder has the required strength for the NFL. Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel noted that McDermott "doesn’t play with any power and he doesn’t bend real well." We have heard this scuttlebutt before when it comes to the UCLA offensive lineman, with one AFC South scout saying that McDermott is "[j]ust not strong enough to play in our league."
Apr 24 - 5:22 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley could be "that missing piece" for the Falcons.

Not only does Jeremiah think that McKinley would be a snug fit for the Falcons -- he would like to see them add another pass-rusher to play alongside Vic Beasley -- the analyst forwards the idea of Atlanta trading up for his services, writing that "if a player like Tak McKinley were to slide to the early 20s, the Falcons should make a move and go get him. He is a perfect fit inside this scheme and he'd help the defense close out games with his pass-rush ability." Adding a little beef to DJ's idea, the Falcons hosted the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder for an official pre-Draft visit earlier this month. The Cowboys, Saints and Panthers have also hosted Tak in an official capacity.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 2:47 PM

An AFC South scout said that UCLA T Connor McDermott is "[j]ust not strong enough to play in our league."

"Unless he finds more core (strength), I can't see him being able to survive against power," said the scout. McDermott measured in at 6-foot-8, 307 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. He was one of the top performers at his position in agility and change of direction drills in Indianapolis, logging a 7.52s run through the three-cone drill and a 4.58s dash in the 20-yard shuttle. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that McDermott's "size will likely get him drafted, but there are quite a few holes in his game that are in desperate need of work."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:37 PM

An NFC West regional scout said that he "want[s] [UCLA CB Fabian Moreau] to play with more edge."

The scout refers to Moreau as "big and strong," but adds that the 6-foot, 206-pounder "should be whipping and overwhelming some of these skinny receivers but he just lets them take too many liberties." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the UCLA standout to Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard and writes that Moreau "could become an eventual starter for a press-man team." The corner is currently rehabbing from a torn pectoral muscle sustained while at the bench press on pro day. His most optimistic timetable would have him ready for football at some time in July. The most pessimistic timetable wouldn't have him coming back until September or thereabouts.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:20 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley to Denver Broncos OLB Shane Ray.

"Ray and McKinley both love to challenge tackles upfield before playing the hands game," notes the PFF analysis team, who then posited a rhetorical question in writing that "[n]either profiles as a huge factor in the run game, but if they are winning as a pass-rusher, does it matter?" The 6-foot-2, 250-pound top-10 hopeful was a busy little bee this past week, taking in official visits with the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Panthers. And he has another four scheduled for next week. A bit more from PFF, now, with the outlet forwarding the opinion that "[n]ot many pass-rushers in this class can match some of the raw traits that McKinley possesses." They add that "[h]is explosiveness and length are rare for the position."
Apr 15 - 3:00 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley had official pre-Draft visits this week with the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Panthers.

Four more visits are on McKinley's docket next week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Interested parties won't want to wait long to call his name. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks McKinley as the No. 15 overall prospect in the class. "He will be successful if only because of his closing speed and motor," Norris wrote. "Difficult to slow down once gaining a momentum or positional advantage. Used to attack a number of alignments."
Apr 13 - 3:44 PM

UCLA edge rusher Deon Hollins was invited to the Texans' local prospect day.

Hollins lacks size at 6-foot, 236 pounds, but he's got speed to burn with a 40-yard dash of 4.43 seconds. Unfortunately, he regressed mightily as a senior (two sacks, 2.5 TFL) after earning second-team all-Pac 12 honors as a junior. He may go undrafted. Either way, his best fit is with a 3-4 team looking for a cheap pass-rushing specialist off the edge.
Apr 6 - 1:57 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) said that he felt good after participating in spring practice on Tuesday.

Rosen was sidelined in early October this past season due to a shoulder injury which eventually required surgery. Said the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder of his work during Tuesday's practice, "I felt really good. It's been awhile since I've played football. I've been throwing routes throughout the winter during the rehab process, but it's cool to do it full speed with all the guys on the field." Bruins HC Jim Mora indicated that he "didn't notice [Rosen] favoring anything or wincing or doing anything" and added that his star pupil "looked normal." Rosen will be eligible for the draft following the 2017 season and has plenty of potential for a high selection, but we would like to see a full, strong campaign from the gunslinger before anointing him as a lock first-rounder. For now, a very likely one.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 8:57 PM


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