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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes UCLA redshirt senior edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "should be in [the] 1st round conversation."

"After Carl Davis no defender has helped themselves this week more than Odighizuwa," the analyst wrote. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is scheme versatile, and would fit comfortably in either a 4-3 or a 3-4. Odighizuwa "has the traits to be a NFL starter if he stays healthy and builds off the momentum he showed as a senior," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler recently wrote. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris wrote that Odighizuwa "has an awesome first snap but limited bend."
Jan 24 - 2:30 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that "the fact that [UCLA QB Brett Hundley] turned down the chance to participate in the practices and game this week qualifies as a big missed opportunity for him."

Event organizer and former Browns general manager Phil Savage revealed to the media that Hundley was amongst a small group of players who declined his invite by not communicating whether or not he would attend. This behavior has gotten Hundley, ahem, savaged by pundits. "FSU QB Jameis Winston and Mariota are the No. 2 and No. 6 prospects on our board, respectively, but there is a big drop-off after them in this year's quarterback class," McShay wrote. "The battle to be the third-best QB is wide open, and a strong performance this week could have helped Hundley move up draft boards. Moreover, this would have been a good showcase for Hundley. He has good size for the position and good athleticism and arm strength, and he is an accurate passer when throwing to his first read, so he would have likely done well in the one-on-one passing drills in Mobile this week."
Jan 21 - 8:15 PM

One AFC personnel director told NFL Media UCLA QB Brett Hundley "scares me."

NFL Media also spoke with an NFC scout who said Hundley could have solidified his second-round status in Mobile and the quarterback "should have shown up." Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage mentioned Hundley as a prospect teams need to look into a bit more as to why he did not attend the event. Rotoworld's Josh Norris continues to say Hundley is not locked in as the third quarterback in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 1:34 PM

UCLA redshirt senior edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "has the traits to be a NFL starter if he stays healthy and builds off the momentum he showed as a senior," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Odighizuwa is body beautiful with a lot of natural ability that can't be coached, but his UCLA career didn't go quite as planned, mostly due to a pair of hip surgeries in 2013," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is scheme versatile, and would fit comfortable in either a 4-3 and 3-4. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris wrote that Odighizuwa "has an awesome first snap but limited bend."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 11:10 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks will not attend the Senior Bowl due to a hamstring injury.

This stinks. Kendricks is a personal favorite of Josh Norris, listed as the top prospect at his position. Linebackers are limited in ways they can show off at all star events, however, Kendricks displayed plenty of coverage ability while at UCLA.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 17 - 10:44 AM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley declined his Senior Bowl invitation, according to Dane Brugler.

It is believed that Sean Mannion got the nod in Hundley's absence. One more quarterback has yet to be named, and the event certainly has invited Marcus Mariota. We doubt he attends, and our best guess for the replacement would be Auburn's Nick Marshall. Hundley hurt his elbow during the season, but no real reason was given. Scouts have seemingly rewarded quarterbacks who attend the event, namely in taking EJ Manuel over Geno Smith.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 11:07 AM

UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

McCarthy boasts a great frame at 6'5/325 lbs, and both odd and even front teams will give him a look. The interior defensive line group has a lot of questions around it. Yes, even including Leonard Williams, mainly with his get off, so McCarthy could surface throughout the process.
Jan 14 - 1:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that NFL scouts he polled say UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley will go between Rds. 2-5.

"However, some also think he could sneak into that first round because of the raw tools," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't appear in this updated mock draft, but the Houston Texans at No. 16, Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 or the Dallas Cowboys at No. 27 are three possibilities that can't be ruled out." And what of those raw tools? Hundley rocks a pistol and drives a Lambo, but he holsters at the sound of footsteps and kicks the gas pedal with the sun visor down, oblivious to receivers on the horizon. He cooks from the same recipe as a coterie of busts. That doesn't make Hundley undraftable -- the tools are for real -- but he's not a worthwhile investment on Day 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 12 - 10:27 PM

UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks "is a similar type of prospect" to Chris Borland, wrote Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.

"Last year, about this time, I began talking about an undersized, over-productive linebacker who had dominated college football but wasn't being praised as a draft prospect due to metrics," Miller wrote. "I warned against undervaluing this kid, because things like instincts, heart and tackling aren't measured in height or 40 times. That player was Chris Borland ... [and] Eric Kendricks is a similar type of prospect." The UCLA prospect racked up 139 pre-bowl tackles this year, his third year in a row with over 100 tackles. "Kendricks (6'0", 230 lbs) isn't big, but he's agile, instinctive and packs a punch as a tackler," Miller wrote. "And there's a good chance he'll be under-valued like Borland was and end up a steal from Day 2." The Butkus Award winner could play middle linebacker in a 3-4 defense, or the weakside in a 4-3 alignment. We see a Round 2 pick.
Jan 11 - 9:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley as a Rds. 2-3 prospect.

We more or less agree with this assessment, though Hundley is a near-lock to go higher than this. We would strongly caution a franchise against using a first-rounder on Hundley. The prospect has a nice arm and good athleticism, but both strengths are greatly mitigated when he's harassed by pass rushers. At that point, Hundley's athleticism, which should be helping him evade defenders as he locates an open receiver, is merely used to escape physical danger in the form of running away. Once his eyes are down, they stay permanently down, which lops the value off of that right arm. CBS ranks Hundley as the No. 43 overall prospect, but the site's draft team thinks he could go higher due to his potential and the lack of depth to the QB class.
Jan 9 - 3:03 PM

UCLA redshirt senior edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "performed brilliantly" in the Bruins' win over Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl, aiding his draft stock, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Odighizuwa recorded six tackles (two for loss), a sack and two passes broken up versus KSU. "It is that kind of well-rounded effort that could help the instinctive and muscled-up Odighizuwa to slip into the tail end of the first round," Rang wrote. He's now Rang's No. 32 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 7:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley flashed "first round form" in UCLA's 40-35 Alamo Bowl win over Kansas State.

"Hundley showed off the physical traits - and improved poise as a pocket passer - that could have his stock steadily rising as the 2015 draft approaches," Rang wrote. Hundley completed 12-of-24 attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown in the victory, and also rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. "The manner in which Hundley earned his numbers, however, will catch the attention from scouts," Rang wrote. "Most of Hundley's passes, however, were straight out of an NFL playbook, including deep-outs, posts and slants. Even more impressive than Hundley's accuracy, though, was his improved eye level and poise in a muddied pocket." Rang and his colleagues rank Hundley as the No. 43 overall prospect, but think he could go higher due to his potential and the lack of depth to the QB class. "Because Hundley remains a work-in-progress as a pocket passer, he probably should be selected on Day Two," Rang concluded.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 4:21 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 12 of 24 attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown in the school's 40-35 win over Kansas State.

We always start with passing stats for quarterbacks, but Hundley's greatest contribution was on the ground. A result that is not new. He rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. There are a few athletic quarterbacks in this class, and Hundley is certainly one. However, he uses his athleticism as a runner rather than a passer. Once his eyes are down they stay down. We do not think that projects well.
Jan 3 - 11:33 AM

UCLA red shirt senior G Malcolm Bunche will no longer be with the team, due to academic issues, according to Orange County Register's Ryan Kartje.

"UCLA fifth-year transfer OL Malcolm Bunche did not make the trip to San Antonio and will no longer be with the team, due to academic issues," Kartje tweeted. The 6-foot-7, 327 pound Bunche transferred from the University of Miami, and the Bruins were hoping he would take the place of Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard. Bunche's time as a starter didn't last long for UCLA, however, he did see the field for the Bruins. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted that Bunche was "surprisingly fluid in his initial kick-slide" and has the ability to use his long arms "to latch onto pass rushers."
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 02:46:00 PM

UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The UCLA prospect racked up 139 tackles on the year, making it his third year in a row with over 100 tackles. Kendricks had two sacks and three interceptions, and also returned one for a touchdown. Like his brother Mychal,who plays LB for the Philadelphia Eagles, Eric should likely hear his name called in the second-round. The Butkus Award winner can play middle linebacker in a 3-4 defense and projects to play weakside linebacker for a 4-3 defense at the next level.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 02:34:00 PM


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