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UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy "jumps off the film," writes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He does so sporadically," the analyst clarifies, a not-so-veiled shot at McCarthy's work ethic. "At the top of his game McCarthy is a difference maker up front but he also disappears for stretches." The UCLA prospect has played NG and DE in a 3-4 attack for the Bruins. McCarthy, 6-foot-4 and 330-pounds, projects best inside at the next level, where he'll be able to make use of his wide body to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.
Jul 28 - 12:03 AM

Former UCLA redshirt junior OT Torian White was graded as a Rd. 4-5 preseason prospect by TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

White was booted from school in the spring after he was found responsible for two instances of sexual misconduct. "The left tackle looked good in 2012 then dominated during a brief tenure last year before his season was halted with a broken ankle," Pauline wrote. "He offers tremendous next level potential but obviously comes with baggage." We haven't yet heard of White's plans for the future.
Jul 27 - 9:04 PM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline compares UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa to former New York Jet Shaun Ellis.

Pauline allotted Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade. "When I watched Odighizuwa last summer I was blown away," he wrote. "Much of the talk understandably centered around Anthony Barr yet many stamped Cassius Marsh as the Bruins top defensive line prospect. Odighizuwa sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury yet scouts rightfully gave him high grades moving towards the 2014 campaign. He reminds me of former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis in that he plays with an explosive, strong and athletic style." Odighizuwa's draft stock is dependent on his ability to prove he's healthy again.
Jul 27 - 7:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline writes that two NFL scouts agreed with his second-round grade on UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley.

In fact, "one is of the opinion he’s a third round passer," the analyst wrote. This isn't a terribly popular opinion, though Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, also places Hundley outside of the top-tier of 2015 QB prospects. "Hundley most definitely has first round potential but needs to turn from thrower to passer," Pauline wrote. "The information he received all last season from scouts was to return for one more year of college ball and Hundley should be applauded for heeding their recommendations."
Jul 27 - 7:11 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that redshirt junior Brett Hundley "must improve his deep-ball accuracy in 2014."

"Hundley must improve his deep-ball accuracy in 2014. He missed too many downfield shots on fades and go-routes down the boundary a season ago. His balls repeatedly sailed out of bounds on those throws, which prevented the Bruins from cashing in on several home-run opportunities," Brooks wrote. If the 6-foot-3, 210 Hundley wants to secure a top spot in the 2015 QB draft class, he'll have to make a huge improvement on his accuracy. Our own Josh Norris has not put Hundley in the top tier of quarterback prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 9:57 PM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. hopes the NFL does not use black QB stereotypes with redshirt junior Brett Hundley.

"People have a tendency at times to see an African-American quarterback and say, 'Oh, he’s a runner.' I hate that stereotype and I always have," said Mora. "I don’t want that to happen with Brett, and I’m going to make sure that it doesn't, because it shouldn't. The guy’s a passer." Hundley has had plenty of passing responsibilities at UCLA, and while the statistics have been kind, we see plenty of room for improvement on tape. Specifically, Hundley needs to show pocket awareness more often, improve his accuracy when on the move, and stop dropping his eye level when moved off his spot.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 25 - 9:52 AM

In April, UCLA HC Jim Mora Jr. said sophomore LB/RB Myles Jack will only begin practicing on offense when the season starts.

"He's a package player on offense and we're not going to put those packages in until the season starts," Mora explained. "He's not going to take a snap on offense in training camp either. He won't take a snap on offense until we get to game weeks. It's more important that he fully come to grasp that linebacker position." Jack impressed when he carried the football, but he spent more quality time as an edge rusher. Mora even said letting Jack solely play running back in a handful of games was a mistake.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 22 - 1:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that UCLA sophomore LB/RB Myles Jack reminds him of "Ronnie Brown at RB."

"Really interested to see how UCLA uses Myles Jack this fall...Stud LB that reminds me of Ronnie Brown at RB," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-1, 225 pound Jack played running back for the final four games of the season for Bruins and won both the Pac-12's offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards. Coach Jim Mora Jr. has suggested Jack's future is at linebacker, but will have to wait to see what type of impact the UCLA prospect makes at running back again in 2014.
Jul 18 - 7:33 PM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline allotted UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade.

This should be considered positive news for Odighizuwa, who missed all of last season with a hip injury. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles in 2012 and was regarded as a rising prospect. Odighizuwa's draft stock is obviously dependent on his ability to prove he's back to 100-percent.
Jul 13 - 9:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline allotted UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley a second-round grade.

"Let the outrage commence!" he joked on Twitter. Hundley is perhaps the most polarizing preseason "elite" draft prospect. Some see a future franchise quarterback -- CBS Sports' Rob Rang tossed out a Randall Cunningham comparison last month -- worthy of a top 10 selection. Others, such as Pauline and Rotoworld's Josh Norris, see an intriguing developmental prospect unworthy of such an investment at this time. Hundley could drag the latter group to enlightenment by becoming a Heisman candidate this season, or he could force Rang and others off the bandwagon if he continues to make unforgivable mistakes under duress.
Jul 8 - 8:17 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl mentioned UCLA senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa as a notable name returning from injury.

Arizona receiver Austin Hill and Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips also received a mention. Odighizuwa missed all of last season with a hip injury, while Hill missed a large portion of action last year while recovering from an ACL injury in the spring of 2013. Phillips underwent surgery to repair a "chronic back issue."
Jul 3 - 12:57 PM

Despite losing multiple pieces to the NFL, draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah praised UCLA's defensive front heading into the 2014 season.

Jeremiah did not name names, but we will. Most notably, we are excited for the return of edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who missed last season with a hip injury. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark, a younster, as well as rising star Myles Jack are two other Bruins worth watching. Be sure to keep inside linebacker Eric Kendricks, Mychal's brother, in mind this season.
Jul 1 - 12:20 PM

UCLA red shirt senior G Malcolm Bunche's "raw tools and potential position versatility" make him an "intriguing" NFL prospect, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Despite this being his only season on the team, Bunche's raw tools and potential position versatility will make him one of UCLA's most intriguing NFL prospects this year," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-7, 327 pound Bunche recently transferred from the University of Miami, and is expected to take the place of Texan's draft pick Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard. Rang notes that Bunche is "surprisingly fluid in his initial kick-slide" and has the ability to use his long arms "to latch onto pass rushers." Now that Bunche is on the inside, he can make use of his strong hands and leg drive, which could turn him into one of the top run blockers in the Pac-12.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 27 - 1:46 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that UCLA red shirt senior LB Eric Kendricks is "instinctive, aggressive and a considerably more explosive hitter than his frame suggests."

"Eric is instinctive, aggressive and a considerably more explosive hitter than his frame suggests. He closes quickly and with force, leading to some emphatic take-downs. He's very light on his feet, showing good agility, flexibility and balance to avoid would-be blockers when he's rushing the quarterback," Rang wrote. In his first full year starting for UCLA, the 6-foot, 228 pound Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012. Even though Kendricks missed two games due to injuries in 2013, he still managed to lead the team with 106 tackles last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 26 - 11:27 AM

UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy could be "a massive two-gap run-plugger" for intrigued NFL teams, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"NFL teams looking for a massive two-gap run-plugger will be very intrigued by McCarthy. To earn the high selection that his tools warrant, however, he'll need to play with greater consistency. If he does so, McCarthy could skyrocket up draft boards," Rang wrote. The UCLA prospect has played the nose guard and defensive end positions in mainly a 3-4 attack for the Bruins. The 6-foot-4, 330 pound McCarthy projects best inside at the next level, where he'll be able to make use of his wide body to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 25 - 9:32 PM


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